Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown capped off his 2015 MVP-like season Sunday against the Cleveland Browns with a 13-catch, 187-yard performance. He also scored once in the game and that touchdown was a thing of beauty and he showed why he’s so hard to cover even when bracketed.
With 58 seconds left in the first half, Brown was lined up outside to the right of the formation by himself with the Browns cornerback Tashaun Gipson playing off coverage. At the snap, slot cornerback Jordan Poyer trails underneath Brown, who initially looks like he’s going to break his route to the corner with a nod. Brown however, broke his route to the post and Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drilled a 17-yard pass over the head of Poyer where only Brown could catch it.
The route looked similar to the one Brown scored on against the Denver Broncos a few weeks ago. It was Brown’s 10th touchdown of the year and he finished the regular season with an astounding 136 catches for 1,834 yards, both of which are new career highs for him.
While Brown is unlikely to win the Offensive MVP Player of the Year award this season, he certainly needs to be included in the discussion. Its still fun to think about the kind of numbers he would’ve finished with had Roethlisberger not missed four games with a left MCL sprain.