Tim Couch led the Cleveland Browns to their second shocker in three weeks. This one was against the team's most-hated rival.
Couch threw two touchdown passes and Phil Dawson kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give the Browns a 16-15 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers today.
The upset was perhaps the biggest in the 49-year history of the Rust Belt rivalry and was all the more remarkable considering that Pittsburgh beat Cleveland, 43-0, in Week 1. "This had to tear the living hearts out of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Browns defensive tackle John Jurkovic said. "Too bad for them."
The Steelers (5-4) led, 15-7, with 10 minutes 10 seconds remaining after Kris Brown's third field goal of the game. But the Browns (2-9), who had not crossed midfield since driving 80 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession, got a break when John Thierry intercepted Kordell Stewart's pass and returned it eight yards to the Pittsburgh 15.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar ran to the 5. Couch connected with fullback Marc Edwards on a swing pass two plays later to make the score 15-13 with 5:12 remaining. However, Pittsburgh's lead seemed safe when Travis Davis and Earl Holmes stopped Abdul-Jabbar on the two-point attempt.
A key penalty helped the Browns during the decisive drive. Couch found Darrin Chiaverini for 23 yards and 15 yards were added when linebacker Mike Vrabel smacked Couch with a forearm to the helmet. Couch was sacked six times.
Three plays later, with the Browns scrambling to line up with no time outs, Dawson directed a kick into a stiff wind just inside the left upright to secure the win.