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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Steelers 31, Browns 0

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Cleveland Browns, 31-0, to finish 12-4. But the win didn't do anything to ease concerns of Steelers fans who are wondering who their quarterback will be for the playoffs.

Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field moments before halftime after taking a hit from Browns linebackers Willie McGinest and D'Qwell Jackson. Roethlisberger suffered a concussion and is being tested for neck injuries.

The win was the 11th in a row for Pittsburgh over the Browns. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin improved to 4-0 against Cleveland. But without a doubt, his risky decision to play his starters in a meaningless season finale will be a huge topic of discussion.

Pittsburgh has two weeks off before hosting a playoff game and hopes Roethlisberger and other key players will be healthy at that time.

The Browns (4-12), meanwhile, completed their third double-digit losing season in four years and will begin looking into changes for next season. Cleveland owner Randy Lerner is expected to meet with the coaching staff and the front office as early as Monday to discuss the future direction of the organization.