1981 Steelers 32 at Browns 10
November 22, 1981
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1981 Steelers 32 at Browns 10

Upgrade! Brian Sipe sets a club record on this cold, windy, nasty day by throwing 6 INTs: 3 to Donnie Shell, 2 to Anthony Washington and 1 to Ron Johnson. Greg Hawthorne, Sidney Thornton and Franco Harris provide the Steelers early TDs on short runs and Bradshaw throws short TDs late in the game to a pair of unlikely recipients -- 1-yd to a very excited Ray Pinney on a tackle-eligible play and a 5-yarder to Rick Moser. Kicker David Trout continues the agony of his pitiful rookie season by missing 3 straight extra point attempts.

The Browns take an early lead on Matt Bahr's 33-yd FG but they would have had 6 points if not for a Gregg Pruitt drop of a sure TD pass in the end zone. The Steelers then score quick back-to-back TD's as Hawthorne scores from a yard out following a long Pittsburgh drive, Washington intercepts Sipe, and Thornton immediately capitalizes with a 3-yd TD to make it 12-3. Dave Logan snags a 13-yd TD to make it 12-10 at halftime, but the Steelers take their opening drive of the first half the distance, keyed by fake a FG (due to Trout's obvious struggles) and pick up a key first down and set up Harris' 2-yd TD run a few plays later. Trout misses his 3rd straight PAT (this one is blocked) but the rout is on as Sipe suddenly can't stop throwing INTs and the Steelers run up the score in the 4th quarter.


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