JuJu Smith-Schuster continued his heel flip this previous week when he shrugged off his first 2021 NFL playoff opponent by telling reporters: “The Browns is the Browns. . . . They seem to be a good group, however I am simply pleased we’re taking part in them once more this Sunday.”

With that comment, Smith-Schuster managed to chop down the wild-card matchup between the Steelers (12-4) and Browns (11-5) to its essence. Are the Browns nonetheless the identical previous group that hasn’t reached a convention championship recreation since 1989? Or is that this actually a brand new period of competence in Cleveland? Pittsburgh, which most likely ought to have stored to itself given 4 losses in its previous 5 contests, hopes the AFC North steadiness of energy stays unchanged.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield’s means to keep away from turnovers will probably be a key issue Sunday night time. In his sophomore NFL season in 2019, he threw 21 interceptions and misplaced two fumbles. This 12 months, he threw simply eight picks and misplaced 4 fumbles. Pittsburgh’s opportunistic protection completed second within the league in takeaways.

Mayfield, after all, has by no means taken the sector within the postseason. Ben Roethlisberger has carried out so 21 instances and gained two Tremendous Bowl rings.

The significance of current historical past, then, will probably be put to the take a look at at Heinz Area.

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Steelers vs. Browns rating

  Q1 Q2 Q3 This autumn Whole 
Browns 14 14
Steelers 0 0

Steelers vs. Browns dwell updates, highlights

8:39 p.m.: Nick Chubb carries for 21 yards into Pittsburgh territory.

8:36 p.m.: The Steelers are compelled to punt after failing to select up a primary down on third-and-1.

8:28 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. Jarvis Landry takes benefit of poor tackling to increase an intermediate catch to the home. “If you happen to simply tuned in, I do not know what to inform ya,” summarizes Al Michaels on the TV broadcast. 14-0, Cleveland.

8:24 p.m.: And now Roethlisberger throws a horrible interception!

8:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Browns. OH MY GOODNESS. The primary play of the night time from scrimmage is a nasty snap from the Steelers and restoration from the Browns in the long run zone. Unimaginable. 7-0, Cleveland.

Steelers vs. Browns begin time

  • Begin time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel (nationwide): NBC
  • Reside stream: NBC Sports activities App | fuboTV

Steelers vs. Browns would be the closing wild-card recreation of the weekend. After its conclusion, the NFL’s 2021 divisional spherical will probably be set.

The 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff is similar begin time that “Monday Evening Soccer” usually has throughout the season and 5 minutes sooner than the standard “Sunday Evening Soccer” begin time.

NFL playoff schedule 2021

Wild-card spherical

Saturday, Jan. 9

Matchup Begin time TV channel Reside stream
Payments 27, Colts 24 1:05 p.m. ET CBS CBS All Entry, fuboTV
Rams 30, Seahawks 20 4:40 p.m. ET Fox Fox Sports activities Go, fuboTV
Buccaneers 31, Washington 23 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports activities App, fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 10

Matchup Begin time TV channel Reside stream
Ravens 20, Titans 13 1:05 p.m. ET ESPN/ABC ESPN App, fuboTV
Bears at Saints 4:40 p.m. ET CBS/Nickelodeon/Amazon Prime CBS All Entry, Amazon Prime Video, fuboTV
Browns at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET NBC NBC Sports activities App, fuboTV

Divisional spherical

Saturday, Jan. 16

Matchup Begin time TV channel Reside stream
AFC divisional spherical (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC divisional spherical (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 17

Matchup Begin time TV channel Reside stream
AFC divisional spherical (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV
NFC divisional spherical (TBD at TBD) TBD TBD fuboTV

Convention championships

Sunday, Jan. 24

Matchup Away group Begin time TV channel Reside stream
NFC championship NFC TBD 3:05 p.m. ET Fox fuboTV
AFC championship AFC TBD 6:40 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV

Tremendous Bowl 55

Sunday, Feb. 7

Matchup Begin time TV channel Reside stream
AFC champion vs. NFC champion 6:30 p.m. ET CBS fuboTV