- With the Browns trailing 27-3 at the half, quarterback Brian Hoyer shrugged off his shaky start to generate 24 unanswered points and a fourth-quarter tie. With Jordan Cameron lost to a shoulder injury, Hoyer spread the ball to seven targets for 230 yards while growing more comfortable as the game wore on.
- Nobody saw this comeback coming after Pittsburgh outgained the Browns 364 yards to 101 over the first two quarters. Ben Roethlisberger -- with an outrageous 18-1 career record against the Browns -- did an outstanding job early finding his targets in space and exposing Cleveland's secondary. "Making the Leap" wideout Markus Wheatonbeat up on Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert while Antonio Browncompletely exposed a frustrated Joe Haden for 116 yards in the first half alone.
- We saw nothing from Johnny Manziel. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported before the game that Kyle Shanahan wouldn't lean on the rookie unless it made sense schematically. It never made sense.
- Ben Tate left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and didn't return. That opened the door for Browns rookie runners Terrance West -- 100 yards off 16 totes -- and Isaiah Crowellto leadthe Cleveland rally. It doesn't mean much in a loss, but the Browns dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the second half.