The Steelers led 14-13 at halftime despite losing three fumbles, converting just one third down and keeping Batch under wraps.
One play after Brown was called for pushing Burress in the end zone, Chris Rainey, on the field only because the three backs ahead of him fumbled, scored on a 1-yard TD run after being stopped for no gain. He was stuffed on a carry over center by several Browns, who knocked him backward. Rainey, though, kept his legs moving and ran untouched into the end zone with 1 second left before halftime.
It was one of the few highlights for the Steelers, who needed just 71 seconds to take a 7-0 lead.
On Cleveland’s third play, Weeden’s pass to Greg Little was tipped at the line by Steelers end Brett Keisel and caught on the fly by Lawrence Timmons, who took it back 53 yards.
‘‘We started fast,’’ Clark said. ‘‘Lawrence made an impact play and we felt good. Overall, we did a lot of good things. With everything that went wrong, we were one play away.’’
Now, the Steelers have no room for error.
‘‘We have to get ourselves together in a hurry and figure out a way to get some wins,’’ said tight end Heath Miller.
NOTES: The last time an NFL team forced eight turnovers was New Orleans against St. Louis on Oct. 28, 2001. The Browns hadn’t gotten eight turnovers since 1989. ... The teams combined for 18 penalties — 9 apiece. ... The Steelers gained just 49 rushing yards and were 1 of 9 on third downs. .... Tomlin dropped to 9-2 against Browns.
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