Steelers vs. Browns live score, updates, highlights from NFL wild-card playoff game

By | January 10, 2021

JuJu Smith-Schuster continued his heel turn this past week when he shrugged off his first 2021 NFL playoff opponent by telling reporters: “The Browns is the Browns. . . . They’re a good team, but I’m just happy we’re playing them again this Sunday.”

With that remark, Smith-Schuster managed to cut down the wild-card matchup between the Steelers (12-4) and Browns (11-5) to its essence. Are the Browns still the same old team that hasn’t reached a conference championship game since 1989? Or is this really a new era of competence in Cleveland? Pittsburgh, which probably should have kept to itself given four losses in its past five contests, hopes the AFC North balance of power remains unchanged.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield’s ability to avoid turnovers will likely be a key factor Sunday night. In his sophomore NFL season in 2019, he threw 21 interceptions and lost two fumbles. This year, he threw just eight picks and lost four fumbles. Pittsburgh’s opportunistic defense finished second in the league in takeaways.

Mayfield, of course, has never taken the field in the postseason. Ben Roethlisberger has done so 21 times and won two Super Bowl rings.

The importance of recent history, then, will be put to the test at Heinz Field.

Sporting News is tracking 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.

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Steelers vs. Browns score

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Total 
Browns 28 7 0 35
Steelers 0 10 6 16

Steelers vs. Browns live updates, highlights

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
Bears at Saints 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