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Browns Linebacker Sione Takitaki Seals Wild Card Win Over Steelers With Interception

Jan 10, 2021, 9:38 PM | Updated: 9:56 pm
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Sione Takitaki #44 of the Cleveland Browns is pursued by Alejandro Villanueva #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers while returning an interception during the second half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 10, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former BYU and current Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to seal an AFC Wild Card win for Cleveland.

The Steelers hosted the Browns on Sunday, January 10.

With 3:16 left in the game, Takitaki picked off Roethlisberger and returned the ball 23 yards in Pittsburgh territory.

The interception set up a 37-yard field goal, which stretched Cleveland’s lead to 48-29 with 2:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The turnover was the former BYU linebacker’s second interception of the 2020 season.

It was Roethlisberger’s fourth interception of the game and Pittsburgh’s fifth total turnover.

Cleveland went on to win the game, 48-37.

Takitaki ended the contest with three total tackles, two solo tackles, one pass breakup, and one interception.

With the win, Cleveland advanced to the AFC Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Browns and Chiefs will kick-off on Sunday, January 17 at 1:05 p.m. (MDT) on CBS

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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