In the wake of Deshaun Watson’s season-ending news, the Browns turned to rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson this week. On Sunday, he helped them pull out a 13-10 win over the Steelers. Although Thompson-Robinson and the Browns struggled to move the ball in the second half, he completed four straight passes for 39 yards that moved them into position for Dustin Hopkins’ game-winning field goal at the end of the fourth quarter.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski highlighted Thompson-Robinson’s ability to step up late when speaking to reporters after the win. “Those are big moments where you’re looking for your guy to come through,” said Stefanski via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. “He came through.” The rookie also completed 13 out of 16 passes as they took a 10-0 lead in the first half, but five punts and an interception in the second half helped keep things close. Nevertheless, Thompson-Robinson was able to get it done at the end, and with his help, the Browns’ playoff hopes look better than ever before.