While I doubt that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be celebrating tonight, it’s worth noting that the former sixth-round draft pick did manage to set a new record Sunday in the loss to the Tampa Buccaneers.
With his seven catches for 131 yards Sunday, Brown is now the first player in NFL history to have five catches and 50 yards in 20 consecutive games. The Central Michigan product broke the mark that has been held by wide receiver Laveranues Coles since 2003 with 10:29 left the third quarter when he caught a 27 yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Brown’s catch was initially ruled incomplete as the officials didn’t think he had both feet in bounds on the left sideline. However, after head coach Mike Tomlin threw the challenge flag the play was eventually overturned and Brown had the record as it was his fifth catch in game.
Brown had two touchdown receptions in the game and that gives him five for the season thus far.
Brown also registered his second career completed pass during the game as he hit running back Le’Veon Bell for 17 yards just one play after his record-setting catch.