Even though it came in a losing effort, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a great game Thursday night against the New England Patriots as he continues to show why he needs to be considered the best player at his position currently in the league.
From Brown’s first catch of the game, a screen pass that resulted in a 9-yard gain, to his last, an 11-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the back corner of the end zone, the former sixth-round draft pick continues to show that he can produce week in and week out.
Thursday night, Brown caught 9 passes for 133 yards and that now means he’s registered at least five catches and 50 yards receiving in 33 straight regular-season games. That NFL record isn’t likely to be broken anytime soon as the longest current active streak is apparently four games.
Sunday against the San Francesco 49ers at Heinz Field, Brown has a chance to move up in the franchise record books in two statistical categories as well.
First, Brown will surpass Lynn Swann (5,534) for the eighth-most yards from scrimmage in team history with 61 total yards against the 49ers. Additionally, he needs 71 yards receiving against the 49ers to surpass Swann (5,462) for the fifth-most receiving yards in team history.
While the streak and franchise stats are nice, Brown’s only concern right now is helping the team win.
“I don’t tend to think about it,” Brown told NFL Live’s Trey Wingo on Tuesday. “I just go out and try to execute the gameplan the best way possible…Run my routes and win matchups and let things fall into place.”
Below are Brown’s two great catches from Thursday night.