At the end of the day, it was the offensive play of the season at a time the team needed it the most. And of course it came from a player who early on in the season couldn’t even get on the active roster on Sunday’s.
But that’s all behind Antonio Brown, whose 58-yard catch to the Ravens four-yard line set up the game-clinching touchdown for the Steelers in their 31-24 win over the Ravens to send them to the AFC Title game.
Brown’s catch was huge, as it came on a 3rd-and-19 when it appeared the Steelers may have to punt the ball away which could have allowed the Ravens a chance to win the game in the final seconds.
It was not to be. The play was nothing more than a simple shot down the field, and it was one that Ben Roethlisberger asked for when he and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talked about it before they ran it.
“Let’s just chuck it deep,” Roethlisberger told Arians just before he threw his biggest pass of the season. “If they pick it, it will be a pick way down there, just as good as a punt. … I just throw it as far as I can.’ “
And it worked. Brown got just enough seperation away from Ravens CB Lardarius Webb, and he was able to pull the ball in on a perfect throw. He ended up holding the ball against his helmet as he went out of bounds at the four.
“It was kind of amazing,” Brown said. “It kind of stuck to my shoulder.”
What’s more amazing is the guy who made the play. Brown had just 16 catches all season for 167 yards with one TD, and that came on a kickoff return to start the teams week two win in Tennessee.
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