|Maddox Sparks Steelers Comeback|
Sunday, Jan. 5, 1:00 PM ET
At: Heinz Field
Former XFL MVP Tommy Maddox led one of the greatest NFL Playoff comebacks ever, throwing three second-half touchdown passes as the Steelers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Browns 36-33 Sunday. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's 3-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner.
Kelly Holcomb threw for 429 yards and three touchdowns as the Browns built a 24-7 lead. But with 3:50 left in the third quarter, the Steelers began to turn things around. Maddox hit Plaxico Burress on a 6-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to ten. And after a 24-yard fourth quarter field goal by Phil Dawson stretched the Browns lead to 13, Maddox marched the Steelers down the field quickly, hitting Jerame Tuman for a 3-yard touchdown.
On the following possession, the Browns started in good field position and it took Holcomb just five plays to get the Browns in the endzone again, this time on a 22-yarder to Andre' Davis that that made the score 33-21 with 10:17 remaining.
After each team punted on their next drive, Maddox led the Steelers on a 77-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard scoring pass to Hines Ward with 3:06 left, cutting the deficit to 33-28.
The Browns had trouble running the ball all day. Rookie running back William Green ran 25 times for just 30 yards and the Browns had just 38 yards on the ground as a team. And when the game was on the line, they could not run out the clock against a stiff Steelers run defense and were forced to punt the ball.
On the Steelers final drive, Maddox was four-of-five for 58 yards, setting up Fuamatu-Ma'afala's touchdown run. The two point conversion, a pass from Antwaan Randle El to Tuman, gave Pittsburgh a three-point lead.
After the ensuing kickoff, Holcomb quickly moved the Browns into Steelers territory for a potential game-tying field goal, but Andre King slipped trying to get out of bounds after a 16-yard gain and time ran out before he could right himself and get to the sideline.
Maddox finished the day 30-of-48 for 367 yards.
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