In their first playoff appearance since 2002, the Browns stunned the Steelers with 28 unanswered first-quarter points on their way to a 48-37 win.

Cleveland scored a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage — a botched snap over the head of Ben Roethlisberger — and finished with five forced turnovers.

Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the Steelers vs. Browns wild-card matchup Sunday night. Follow for complete results from the 2021 NFL playoff game.

Steelers vs. Browns final score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Browns 28 7 0 13 48
Steelers 0 10 13 14 37

Steelers vs. Browns live updates, highlights

11:37 p.m.: FINAL: Browns 48, Steelers 37.

11:37 p.m.: The Browns recover the onside kick.

11:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Claypool has his second TD of the contest. Two-point attempt is good. 48-37, Cleveland.

11:33 p.m.: Steelers have fourth-and-goal. They have a shot at a garbage time score.

11:30 p.m.: Two-minute warning.

11:27 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Browns. It’s a three possession game after that kick. 48-29, Cleveland.

11:25 p.m.: The Steelers are burning through their timeouts, but it’s all procedural at this point. Cleveland has the game locked.

11:23 p.m.: Interception. Roethlisberger’s fourth of the game.

11:16 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Browns. Just an absolutely grueling drive. The clock stands at 4:28. 45-29, Cleveland.

11:14 p.m.: We’re under six minutes. Cleveland has first-and-goal.

11:11 p.m.: The clock drops below nine minutes.

11:10 p.m.: Cleveland is looking to finish this game on the ground. It’s either Chubb or Hunt on pretty much every play now. 

11:04 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Easy money to Chase Claypool. Two-point conversion attempt is no good. 42-29, Cleveland.

11:04 p.m.: Smith-Schuster goes over 100 yards for the game with a catch over the middle.

10:55 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. Chubb reaches maximum gear on a 40-yard touchdown catch. Cleveland is comfortable again. 42-23, Cleveland.

10:53 p.m.: Mayfield hits Landry in stride on third-and-2. Every conversion is huge right now.

10:49 p.m.: The first play of the fourth quarter brings a tough decision for Mike Tomlin. On fourth-and-1 from near midfield, he decides to punt.

End of third quarter: Browns 35, Steelers 23

10:43 p.m.: The Browns go three-and-out, and the third-down pass from Mayfield was nearly intercepted.

10:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Smith-Schuster hangs tight with a defender all over him. 35-23, Cleveland.

10:37 p.m.: Fourth-and-goal coming up.

10:35 p.m.: The Steelers have first-and-goal following a third-and-10 conversion via Smith-Schuster.

10:32 p.m.: Conner takes a carry past midfield.

10:28 p.m.: The Browns punt with 6:22 left in the third quarter. A touchdown for Pittsburgh here would make things somewhat interesting.

10:20 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. Pittsburgh threw the ball on every play that drive. The final one went to Eric Ebron. Two-point attempt no good. 35-16, Cleveland.

10:14 p.m.: Cleveland punts after driving to midfield.

10:11 p.m.: The Browns have the ball to start the second half.

Halftime: Browns 35, Steelers 10

9:53 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Steelers. Chris Bowswell hits a 49-yard attempt as time expires. 35-10, Cleveland.

9:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. With 34 seconds left in the half, Austin Hooper gives his team an answer to Pittsburgh’s score. 35-7, Cleveland.

9:43 p.m.: Now Chubb takes a screen into Steelers territory, and the Browns are thinking about padding their lead before halftime.

9:41 p.m.: Mayfield fights through contact to move the chains on third down. That keeps Pittsburgh from getting the ball back with more than 1:30 remaining.

9:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Steelers. James Conner puts Pittsburgh on the board with a short-yardage run. 28-7, Cleveland.

9:32 p.m.: Two-minute warning.

9:29 p.m.: Pittsburgh’s offense moves to the brink of the red zone with a 14-yard catch from James Washington.

9:22 p.m.: Occupying in-between territory, the Browns consider leaving their offense out there on fourth-and-8. But after taking timeout to assess the situation, they punt the ball deep. No need to get greedy.

9:16 p.m.: Aaaand back to gloom for Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger is picked off for the third time tonight.

9:12 p.m.: The Steelers force a three-and-out, finding a rare positive in their disastrous half.

9:07 p.m.: Pittsburgh punts. Can the Steelers stem the onslaught and get a stop here?

End of first quarter: Browns 28, Steelers 0

8:52 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. Hunt scores again. Bonkers. 28-0, Cleveland.

8:49 p.m.: Roethlisberger throws another interception. This one is returned inside Pittsburgh’s 20.

8:42 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. Kareem Hunt extends the lead. 21-0, Cleveland.

8:39 p.m.: Nick Chubb carries for 21 yards into Pittsburgh territory.

8:36 p.m.: The Steelers are forced to punt after failing to pick up a first down on third-and-1.

8:28 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. Jarvis Landry takes advantage of poor tackling to extend an intermediate catch to the house. “If you just tuned in, I don’t know what to tell ya,” summarizes Al Michaels on the TV broadcast. 14-0, Cleveland.

8:24 p.m.: And now Roethlisberger throws a terrible interception!

8:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. OH MY GOODNESS. The first play of the night from scrimmage is a bad snap from the Steelers and recovery from the Browns in the end zone. Incredible. 7-0, Cleveland.

Steelers vs. Browns start time

  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel (national): NBC
  • Live stream: NBC Sports App | fuboTV

Steelers vs. Browns will be the final wild-card game of the weekend. After its conclusion, the NFL’s 2021 divisional round will be set.

The 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff is the same start time that “Monday Night Football” normally has during the season and five minutes earlier than the usual “Sunday Night Football” start time.

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card round

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Bills 27, Colts 24 1:05 p.m. ET CBS CBS All Access, fuboTV
Rams 30, Seahawks 20 4:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers 31, Washington 23 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
Ravens 20, Titans 13 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC ESPN App, fuboTV
Saints 21, Bears 9 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports App, fuboTV

Divisional round

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC divisional round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC divisional round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC divisional round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC divisional round (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Conference championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup Away team Start time TV channel Live stream
NFC championship NFC TBD 3:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
AFC championship AFC TBD 6:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

Super Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

Matchup Start time TV channel Live stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion 6:30 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

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