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 praised Thompson-Robinson’s ability to step up late in a crucial moment when he spoke to reporters after the win. “Those are big moments where you’re looking for your guy to come through,” Stefanski said via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com. “He came through when it mattered.”
In addition to completing 13 out of 16 passes in the first half, Thompson-Robinson also got the job done in the second half despite five punts and an interception. His performance has improved Cleveland’s playoff hopes as they continue their season without Watson.