CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns took the ball away eight times and overcame two deficits Sunday to trip up the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-14 for their first victory over the Steelers in three years.
Third-string quarterback Charlie Batch threw three interceptions and the Steelers coughed up the ball seven times, losing it five times, in a loss that could put a dent in the Steelers' playoff hopes. The Steelers are 6-5 with a critical game coming up in Baltimore next Sunday.
Trent Richardson scored on a 15-yard run with 5:25 to play in the third quarter after an interception by Sheldon Brown to move the Browns in front 20-14.
An interception by Billy Winn in the fourth quarter ended another drive and a pick by Joe Haden with 3 minutes left stopped another. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor recovered a fumble with 2:25 left.
Defense dominated on both sides.
A pass by Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden on the fourth play was tipped by Brett Keisel, intercepted by Lawrence Timmons and returned 53 yards for a touchdown.
Takeaways by the Browns defense helped give them their first lead before a 1-yard run by Chris Rainey with one second left in the first half put the Steelers back in front 14-13.
The Steelers lost three fumbles in the first half. The Browns converted the first into a 28-yard field goal by Phil Dawson on a drive that began on the Pittsburgh 44 and the second into a 5-yard touchdown pass from Weeden to tight end Jordan Cameron in the right front side of the end zone. It was Cameron's first NFL touchdown.
The Browns recovered the second fumble on the Steelers' 10. They had trouble sustaining drives most of the day but managed to find the end zone on third down against the team that entered Sunday with the top-ranked defense in the NFL.
The Browns were not as successful the next time the Steelers lost the ball.
Safety T.J. Ward jarred the ball loose from Jonathan Dwyer and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson recovered at the Steelers' 34. The Browns needed just one first down to get into easy field-goal range for Phil Dawson, but instead were forced to punt. The Steelers began their drive on the Cleveland 16 with 1:51 left in the half and ended it with the Rainey touchdown.
Notes: Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed his seventh straight game with a calf injury. ... Weeden left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury. ... Browns cornerback Dimitri Patterson missed his fifth straight game with an ankle injury.