A frustrating season ended with a 28-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cleveland Browns ended the year in last place in the AFC North with a record of 7-10 and failed to sweep their hated rivals.
If there was any good news from the loss, it would be that the Steelers had their hearts broken at the end. With a playoff berth on the line, Pittsburgh saw that disappear when the Miami Dolphins scored a last-minute win over the New York Jets.
As for Cleveland, we look back at their final game of the year and name a few studs and duds.
Browns Week 18 studs and duds
Stud: Deion Jones, Linebacker
Early in the game, the Steelers were looking to go up 7-0 and it appeared they would be doing just that. Najee Harris took the ball and dove over the offensive line, trying to get into the end zone.
Cleveland linebacker Deion Jones read this and he too leaped over the pile and was able to knock the ball out of his hands. The forced fumble took the points off the board, which was a great boost for the Browns early in the game.
Jones had five tackles on the day but this was by far his best play.
Dud: James Hudson, Offensive Tackle
With Jack Conklin out due to an ankle injury, James Hudson got the start and on the first drive, he made an impact. But not in a good way.
After 24 yards on the first two plays on Nick Chubb receptions, Deshaun Watson scrambled for a first down on second-and-five. But they didn’t get the first down since Hudson was called for illegal use of hands.
That penalty made it second and 15 instead and Cleveland was unable to move the chains again. That killed a promising first drive as they had to punt the ball to Pittsburgh.