Once they stopped dropping the ball and throwing it to the Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers realized something bigger than a win could be slipping away.
The Steelers committed eight turnovers - five fumbles and three interceptions by quarterback Charlie Batch - to make things easier on Cleveland and the Browns did just enough for a 20-14 win on Sunday over their bitter rivals to put Pittsburgh's playoff hopes in a pickle.
''We have to get ourselves together in a hurry and figure out a way to get some wins,'' Steelers tight end Heath Miller said.
With their second loss in a row inside the AFC North, the Steelers (6-5) dropped into a tie with Cincinnati and now trail first-place Baltimore by three games. Pittsburgh visits the Ravens next Sunday in what boils down to a must-win situation for a team that looked anything but postseason primed against the Browns (3-8).
By next week, Pittsburgh could have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back from injury...