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Wrap-up: Steelers 13, Browns 9

Thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

What it means: Not much, in terms of playoff implications. The Steelers (12-4) won their regular-season finale, but it didn't improve their seeding. With the Ravens winning in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh lost its chance at a first-round bye and goes into the playoffs as a wild card and the AFC's No. 5 seed. It was Pittsburgh's sixth win in seven games. The Browns (4-12) lost for the ninth time in 10 games, including their sixth straight. Cleveland has the fourth overall pick in the draft.

Injury concern: With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hobbled by a high ankle sprain, the Pittsburgh offense took another major hit. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall injured his right knee and could be gone for the playoffs. An MRI is scheduled for tomorrow on the team's leading rusher. Mendenhall got hurt on a 5-yard carry on the final play of the first quarter against Cleveland.

Roethlisberger returns: A week after not playing, Roethlisberger played the entire game with mixed results. He was still severely limited by the injury and completed 23 of 40 passes for 221 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions. Roethlisberger still made enough big plays in the swirling rain and snow to improve to 14-1 against the Browns.

Not cashing in: The Browns forced two fumbles out of Mendenhall's replacement, Isaac Redman. But Cleveland failed to score off both those turnovers. It's the third time this season that the Browns were held to single digits in scoring.

Ward reaches milestone: Hines Ward ended one of the toughest years of his NFL career with a memorable moment. He got the five receptions that he needed to reach 1,000, becoming the eighth receiver in NFL history to hit that mark. His teammates mobbed Ward along the sideline for the accomplishment.

What's next: The Steelers head to Denver to play the Broncos and quarterback Tim Tebow. The Browns head into another offseason with questions surrounding the quarterback position.