The Cleveland Browns limped into the off-season Sunday afternoon as they dropped their 2013 season finale to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-7.
Steelers' rookie running back Le'veon Bell carried the ball 20 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Antonio Brown led the way for Pittsburgh with 87 yards on nine catches.
Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over twice throwing interceptions to Craig Robertson and Tashaun Gipson. Cleveland's offense wasn't able to capitalize on the turnovers, the Browns were shut out until Fozzy Whitaker scored on a 35 yard catch and run with less than three minutes to play.
Browns' Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon had a productive day while being held scoreless. He ended Sunday's game with 82 yards on seven receptions. Gordon finished his 2013 campaign with 87 catches for 1,646 yards, leading all NFL receivers in receiving yards. This is the first time in franchise history that the Browns have had a player lead the NFL in receiving yards.
Rumors of a coach Rob Chudzinski firing circulated before the game was underway Sunday afternoon. After finishing his first season as head coach of the Browns with a (4-12) record, and losing the final seven games of the season, Chudzinski's job may be in jeopardy.
The Browns have now lost a franchise record 7 straight season finales. The last time Cleveland was victorious in their final game of a season was in 2007, coincidentally, also the last time the Browns had a winning record (10-6).
The Cleveland Browns faithful will now turn their sights toward the NFL Draft in April. Cleveland is expected to select a quarterback with their first selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.