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Ben Roethlisberger, James Conner lead Steelers to win over Browns

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates his 22-yard run for a touchdown with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 33-18 win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates his 22-yard run for a touchdown with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 33-18 win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field. Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown while James Conner scored a pair of touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 33-18 Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

The performances by Pittsburgh's dynamic trio brought some temporary solace to Pittsburgh's fans after 11 people were killed in a shooting at the nearby Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. A moment of silence was observed before kickoff.

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Pittsburgh (4-2-1) overcame a sluggish start and several mistakes to record their 15th straight home win over Cleveland (2-5-1), which dropped its 25th straight road game -- one shy of the league record.

Roethlisberger hooked up with Brown on scoring passes of 43 yards and one yard in the second quarter after Cleveland took a 6-0 lead. Conner finished with 146 yards and scored on touchdowns of 12 and 22 yards.

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Roethlisberger completed 24-of-36 passes for 257 yards. His second score to Brown gave him 343 career passing touchdowns, moving him one past Fran Tarkenton into sole possession of eighth place in NFL history.

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It also was the 67th time Roethlisberger and Brown teamed up, tied for seventh-most in NFL history.

Conner rushed 24 times for 146 yards while Brown caught six passes for 74 yards. Conner also had five catches for 66 yards.

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Cleveland rookie Baker Mayfield threw a pair of touchdowns but could not lead the Browns to their first win in Pittsburgh since 2003. He finished 22-of-36 for 180 yards.

The Browns settled for two field goals by Greg Joseph before Pittsburgh took the lead.

On a first down, Brown capped an 87-yard drive that spanned 7:12. Brown then scored on a short touchdown with eight seconds left and the Steelers never looked back.

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Before Pittsburgh went ahead, it did not get a first down and was outgained 119-16 in the first quarter. Cleveland was unable to capitalize, failing to score a touchdown on three trips inside Pittsburgh's 27-yard line and Joseph missed a 41-yard field goal that could have given Cleveland a 9-0 lead.

After Pittsburgh recorded a safety with 8:07 left in the third, Callaway caught a 1-yard touchdown but Joseph missed the extra point. Conner scored his first touchdown less than three minutes later and got his second score after a 42-yard field goal by Chris Boswell early in the fourth.

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