CLEVELAND (Dec. 24, 2005) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers were the worst possible kind of out-of-town guests: unruly, unkind and unrelenting.
"It's definitely the most embarrassing loss of my career," Browns cornerback Daylon McCutcheon said. "This is way worse than '99. In '99, we didn't have a good team, now we got talent. But from the opening kickoff, we played bad football. Today we stunk."
Then there was the fan who jumped the railing and sprinted onto the field in the fourth quarter. He made a move toward Pittsburgh's bench before he was picked up and pancaked by Harrison before police took him away.
"I didn't know what he was going to do," Harrison said. "So I waited until he turned his back to me. Then I thought I could safely take him down and hold him until the authorities got there."
Frye was treated even worse by the Steelers, who had him running for his safety on nearly every snap.
The Steelers game plan was to make Frye uncomfortable, and they did much more than that, confusing him with a variety of coverages and blitz packages.
"We wanted to rattle him," linebacker James Farrior said. "He's looked good, but he's a rookie. So we threw a lot of different looks at him and brought a lot of pressure."
Pittsburgh, which can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Detroit at home next week, seems to have fully recovered from a three-game losing streak that seriously jeopardized the Steelers' postseason hopes.
Roethlisberger, now 21-3 as a starter, picked the Browns defense apart, going 13 of 20 for 226 yards in three quarters. Hines Ward caught a 7-yard TD pass in the first quarter and had seven receptions for 105 yards.
"Everything clicked real good for us on offense," Roethlisberger said, "and our defense was flying around. They're fun to watch when they're playing like that. We went out there and did what we wanted to do."
Parker finished with 17 carries for 130 yards, giving him 1,067 this season and making him the first Steelers back other than Jerome Bettis to go over 1,000 yards since 1992. Bettis scored Pittsburgh's first TD in the first.
The Steelers were already ahead 20-0 when Parker broke through a huge hole in the line and easily outran Cleveland's defensive backs for Pittsburgh's longest rushing play since Kordell Stewart went 80 for a TD in 1996.
"That play was supposed to go left, but the hole was so big to the right that I took it," Parker said. "I never thought I would lead the Steelers in rushing or get 1,000 yards. It's an emotional moment for me."
"We didn't do anything good or right," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "I'm embarrassed getting beat like that."
Notes: The Steelers have beaten Cleveland five straight times and won 11 of the past 12 meetings. Since 1994, Pittsburgh is 18-3 vs. Cleveland. ... Jeff Reed kicked two field goals for Pittsburgh. ... The Browns are 0-5 in the AFC North. ... The Steelers have outscored their opponents 80-12 during their three-game winning streak.