Steelers Week 6 Turning Point: AB’s Circus Catch For TD

For the last few seasons there has always been a debate as to who holds the title of best wide receiver in the NFL. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has always been in that discussion and is considered the top at his position by many.

Brown is quick, but not the fastest wide receiver in the league. Also, he certainly is nowhere near the size of the typical #1 wide receiver that you see in players such as Julio Jones, Mike Evans, A.J Green, or Jordy Nelson.  What Brown has done to make up for that over the course of his career is perfecting the things that he does have control over.  He is widely considered around the league as being one of the best when it comes to running routes, catching the ball, and having that knack of making the big play whenever his team needs it.  That is what Steelers fans have grown to love about Brown over the years and there is no better example of that than his 51 yard circus touchdown catch against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

In a game that the Steelers led most of the way and were in control of throughout, there was still that all too familiar feeling of struggling to close it out and securing the win. Earlier in the 4th quarter with just under 13 minutes remaining, the Chiefs took a risk going for it on 4th down deep in Steelers territory but were unsuccessful thanks to the Pittsburgh pass rush and a nice pass break up by safety Sean Davis. That was a huge turning point in the game but the Steelers were never able to capitalize and use it to close out the victory. Fast forward to about 3 and a half minutes remaining in the game and Steelers only held a 12-10 lead and needed a big play from someone on offense.

On a 3rd and 2 from their own 49 yard line Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attempted a pass down the left sideline about 15 yards to Brown that was tipped by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines.  Roethlisberger had attempted to fit the pass in between Gaines and safety Daniel Sorensen but was unsuccessful as the cornerback was able to get his hand (and helmet) on the ball causing it to redirect.    Sorensen was closing in from down field and was looking to hit Brown but was unable as the wide receiver halted his momentum and grabbed ball with one hand and took it the distance as Chiefs cornerback Terrance Mitchell chased but could not catch him.

With the touchdown, the Steelers took a 19-10 lead which was huge as the Chiefs, now being down two possessions, were forced to be aggressive the rest of the game. The Chiefs were able to add a field goal to close the lead to 19-13 but were never able to get the passing game going to ultimately complete the comeback as the Steelers pass rush took over on the final possession of the game.

The Steelers improve to 4-2 and now have sole possession of first place in the AFC North.  In Week 7 the Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at 4:25 pm EST.   The Bengals will be coming off of a bye week and are 5-8-1 in those games under head coach Marvin Lewis.

  • nutty32

    Quickness of a paramecium. Ben would have been the goat for 2 straight weeks if that corner wouldn’t have decided to catch the ball with his face. But alas Andy Reid is the goat for going for it on 4th & 2, two scores down; unbelievably bad decision, good play by Davis.

  • dany

    Best thing is it came just after Thomas’ great play, basically saying “nope, I’m the most electric player!”

  • Brantley Stockton

    Should have been a pick, maybe even a pick 6.

    That being said, who else in the league can make that grab off 2 deflections, while juking a second defender, and immediately turn on the jets to outrun a 3rd defender that had the angle?

    AB is the gift that keeps giving, and I am spoiled rotten for being able to cheer for him.

  • mezzetin1

    I’m just happy with his post-game comments. He’s behaving like a man. I think he knows now that the window is definitely closing. He wants a ring, not a brawl with a bucket.

  • SeventhHeavan

    What a catch. He’s unreal. That’s why he’s the best WR in the league.
    But let’s not kid ourselves. That was a bad throw and should have been picked. KC probably would have drove down the field and won the game with a field goal. And today, we would be talking about their 2nd half debacle instead of this great win. It was that close and it shouldn’t have been is my point..but I’ll take the friggin win!

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    When I saw the ball in the air it was clear it was underthrown and I was thinking “this is going to bad”.

  • Greg Payne

    I keep watching that catch and wondering how many hundredths of a second passes from the time the ball hits the helmet, bounces to a defender’s hand, then hits his hand which just happens to be in the precise position to make the grab.
    I can’t stop a piece of toast from falling butter side down without spilling a pot of coffee, burning the dog, and throwing a knife down the garbage disposal.
    AB is a super hero.

  • Jaybird

    “Brown is quick , but not the fastest WR in the league”
    That’s certainly true, but I can’t think of one time when he was caught from behind. Ever.

  • Ted Webb

    Great play but maybe came close to a penalty with his celebration saw a few hip thrusts in there. Lol.

  • MC

    In terms of difficulty, this has to be in the top 3 of catches Browns’ made in his career.
    I thought the tipped on he caught weeks ago was hard to top but he continues to surprise me.

  • MC

    When you watch his highlights of his career he definitely has some of the best yards after the catch TDs