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Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.
"We need love, not hate. And we need that giant hug..."

Those were the words of Jeff Finkelstein, President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh during today's vigil at Soldiers & Sailors in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He spoke just after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-18 at Heinz Field.

Sports offer us a healthy, temporary distraction from life during times like these. It’s not for everyone. We all have our own ways of dealing with obstacles in front of us, many of which are emotional in nature for many Pittsburghers right now. It can also be a platform for change like what we’ve seen in recent years with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, and others. But it’s many things for many people. Today, myself and approximately 68,000 people used football to help heal.

Antonio Brown lays on the field prior to kickoff. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Antonio Brown lays on the field prior to kickoff.
Ben Roethlisberger points to the sky as he exits the player tunnel. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Ben Roethlisberger points to the sky as he exits the player tunnel.
Jordan Berry and his teammates observe a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Jordan Berry and his teammates observe a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue.
The sun momentarily came out as Antonio Brown jogs to the line of scrimmage. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • The sun momentarily came out as Antonio Brown jogs to the line of scrimmage.
James Conner on one of his first of 24 carries against the Browns. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • James Conner on one of his first of 24 carries against the Browns.
Duke Johnson #29 of the Cleveland Browns is gang tackled by Sean Davis #21 and Mike Hilton #28 of the Steelers. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Duke Johnson #29 of the Cleveland Browns is gang tackled by Sean Davis #21 and Mike Hilton #28 of the Steelers.
Jabrill Peppers #22 of the Cleveland Browns is upended on a punt return by Roosevelt Nix-Jones #45. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Jabrill Peppers #22 of the Cleveland Browns is upended on a punt return by Roosevelt Nix-Jones #45.
Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball past Coty Sensabaugh #24. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball past Coty Sensabaugh #24.
JuJu Smith-Schuster does his impression of the salt bae following a catch. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster does his impression of the salt bae following a catch.
Yet another hard run by Conner on his way to 146 yards rushing. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Yet another hard run by Conner on his way to 146 yards rushing.
Business was boomin' for Brown on this touchdown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Business was boomin' for Brown on this touchdown.
The first of Conner's two touchdowns against Cleveland. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • The first of Conner's two touchdowns against Cleveland.
Conner found many holes in the defense while also working for his yardage like he did here against Christian Kirksey #58 of the Cleveland Browns. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Conner found many holes in the defense while also working for his yardage like he did here against Christian Kirksey #58 of the Cleveland Browns.
All four touchdowns came at the hands of Conner and Brown, who celebrated together in the endzone. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • All four touchdowns came at the hands of Conner and Brown, who celebrated together in the endzone.
AB leaves the field after throwing his gloves to fans. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • AB leaves the field after throwing his gloves to fans.

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