The Browns turned to quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson this week following the news that Deshaun Watson’s season was over. The rookie was able to help them pull out a 13-10 victory over the Steelers on Sunday. Thompson-Robinson and the Browns struggled to move the ball in the second half, but he completed four straight passes for 39 yards to put the Browns in position for Dustin Hopkins’ game-winning field goal late in the fourth quarter.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski highlighted Thompson-Robinson’s ability to step up late when speaking with reporters after the win. “Those are the big moments where you’re looking for your guy to come through. He passed,” Stefanski said, via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. “Passed when it mattered.”
Thompson-Robinson also completed 13 of 16 passes as the Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but five sacks and an interception in the second half helped the Steelers overcome their own offensive woes. Novak still got the job done in the end, and the Browns’ playoff hopes look better as a result.