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Steelers lead Browns 14-7 at halftime of season opener in Cleveland

Veteran safety Mike Mitchell left Sunday's 21-18 win against the Cleveland Browns.

The fourth-year safety finished the game with 2 tackles. Antonio Brown had 80 yards on three receptions on the drive - one of them 50 yards on a pass deflected by linebacker Joe Schobert over the middle.

Scoring Play: Ben Roethlisberger two-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. Bell had just 47 yards of total offense - including 32 rushing on 10 attempts.

While penalties worked against the Steelers plenty throughout the afternoon, one worked in their favor on the ensuing drive.

The special teams provided a 7-0 lead when Tyler Matakevich blocked a punt, and Anthony Chickillo recovered in the end zone.

But then DeShone Kizer was given time to work and tied the game up at 7-7 heading into the second quarter. T.J. Watt is the starter at right outside linebacker. Bell wants to make almost double that, though he believes he should be compensated for his major role in Pittsburgh's passing game.

Before the Browns took on the Steelers in the season opener, players joined with first responders in a show of unity Sunday.

It wasn't until the Steelers final drive of the first half that the offense came to life. They went power run on third-and-1, which Bell and the offensive line couldn't pick up during the first half. He also was penalized for an illegal peelback that negated a 15-yard completion to Brown.

The second Roethlisberger-to-James touchdown combination of the day gave the Steelers a 21-10 lead over the Browns.

Roethlisberger directed a 91-yard touchdown drive, putting the ball in the hands of his All-Pro receiver. The Browns took advantage and closed the gap to 14-10, courtesy of a 24-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez.

The Steelers knew any contract terms always were subject to Bell's approval, and that even though his advisors and union officials believed the deal was incredibly strong for the player, there was no guarantee he would actually sign.

Roethlisberger found James in the back of the end zone on third-and-4 to give the Steelers a 14-7 lead.