Browns coach Mike Pettine: 'There are no moral victories'

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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Sunday that he isn't taking any moral victories from his team's near comeback win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Down 27-3 at halftime, the Browns used a high-tempo offense to score 24 straight points and tie the game early in the fourth quarter. The Steelers, though, went on a game-winning drive at the end of the fourth, punctuated by Shaun Suisham's field goal as time expired to give Pittsburgh a 30-27 win.

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“I told the team afterwards this is a pass-fail league,” Pettine said after the game. “We failed. I’m proud of the effort in the second half but it’s a valuable lesson to learn. You’re behind 24 points at halftime. I don’t know what the percentages are of coming back and winning. I guarantee it’s probably right around one.

"There are no moral victories in this league, but I was proud of the resolve and the character that showed up.”

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer went 15-for-20 for 173 yards and one touchdown in the second half in leading the comeback.

The loss to the Steelers was Cleveland's 10th-straight season-opening loss, and the Browns haven't won at Heinz Field since 2003.

Cleveland hosts the New Orleans Saints in Week 2 this Sunday.

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