It’s usually been a stretch to call Browns vs. Steelers a “rivalry,” at least competitively. Most often, one of the teams has been good to great, the other, mediocre to bad.
In circumstances rather typical of the series, the pretty-bad Browns host the kinda-good Steelers on Sunday.
The game will be the 127th between the teams since the Browns joined the NFL in 1950. Cleveland has a 58-66 record against Pittsburgh in regular-season contests. The Browns won 32 of the first 41 meetings, but have lost 57 of the last 83. That includes Cleveland’s 26 losses in 32 games vs. Pittsburgh since the Browns rejoined the NFL as a franchise in 1999.
The Steelers are 2-0 in playoff games against Cleveland, winning both times in Pittsburgh: 29-9 on Jan. 7, 1995, and 36-33 on Jan. 5, 2003. Those are the last two postseason games the Browns have played in.
The five most memorable wins for the Browns over the Steelers: