William Gay forced one fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown, and the resurgent Steelers scored all three of their touchdowns off turnovers to manhandle the Browns, 27-11, Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

A year after the Steelers committed eight turnovers while being upset at Cleveland, 20-14, with an injured Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup, the Steelers returned the favor with a vintage defensive performance.

The Steelers (5-6) became the first AFC North team to win on the road in divisional games this season — home teams had been 7-0 — and were in control on both sides of the ball in winning their third in a row and fifth in seven games.

They can get back to .500 — which looked improbable once they started 0-4 — if they can win Thursday at Baltimore (5-6) in what now becomes a pivotal game with major AFC wild-card playoff implications. The Ravens beat the Jets on Sunday.

With winds in the 30-mph range and temperatures in the low 20s, both offenses started off slowly — but only the Browns remained that way, despite 237 yards receiving by Josh Gordon on 14 catches. Gordon accounted for nearly two-thirds of the Browns' yardage; his yardage and receptions both were the second most against the Steelers.

With the scored tied 3-3 late in the second quarter, Roethlisberger hit Emmanuel Sanders to the Browns' 41 on a first-down play. On the next play, Antonio Brown got behind star Browns cornerback Joe Haden for a 41-yard touchdown catch. The ball rolled around Brown's stomach as he struck the turf, but he managed to control it without it ever touching the ground.
It was only the second touchdown allowed all season by Haden, who has shut down receivers such as A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson.