CLEVELAND, Ohio – Miles Jarrett took a big step Sunday in healing any lingering bad feelings from the helmet accident.
The defensive finish moved to Steelers midfielder Mason Rudolph after Brown’s win, 24-22, to settle his first playoff game since 2002, and shook hands and praised him.
Garrett said, “I just said to him, ‘Good game.’ Hell game. We’ll see you next week. ”
Brown (11-5) won a rematch with the Steelers (12-4) at Heinz Field next week.
Rudolph did his best to prevent this from happening. With 1:23 remaining in the game, complete a 2-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster to pull the Steelers to two points. Rudolph’s two-point pass fell into the end zone to Chase Claypool incomplete.
Rudolph, in his call on Zoom with Steelers’ reporters, confirmed what Garrett had said.
“That’s all it was,” said Rudolph. “ I told him good luck, and I respected him very much. ”
Rudolph, who lost to Braun 7-21 in a “helmet game” completed 22 of 39 attempts at 315 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for a rating of 89.2. He hit big passes from 41, 41 and 47 yards to keep things close.
Unfortunately for Browns, Ben Roethlisberger will start against them next week in their Wild Card Game. But Garrett’s gesture may eventually lead to an air-purification session between him and Rudolph.
Garrett, who was detained without a bag on Sunday, told cleveland.com in September that he wanted to do so, and Rudolph said this week that he would be open to hearing what Garrett had to say.
Garrett believes they can work things out despite the fact that Garrett says Rudolph called him an “N,” a charge Rudolph denies.
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