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Steelers Film Room: Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 15

During this dead period of the NFL season I thought it would be fun to look back at the tremendous 2015 season that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had as it relates to the targeted passes that he didn’t manage to catch. This series, however, should not be viewed as me nit-picking Brown as instead I hope to show what a reliable pass catcher he is as it relates to catchable and non-catchable balls thrown his direction.

In the Steelers Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Brown led all Pittsburgh pass catchers with 7 catches for 61 yards. While not a great statistical game by any stretch, it could have been a tad better as you will see below.

In total, Brown and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger failed to connect on four passes during the game. The first time was actually a ball that Brown caught in the end zone for an apparent touchdown at the start of the second quarter. That ruling on the field was ultimately overturned after it was reviewed. Man, was this close. Enough conclusive evidence?

If you were upset about what happened on the play above, you were probably just as upset about this second misconnect between Brown and Roethlisberger in this game. It was 3rd and 16 from the Steelers own 24-yard-line with 7:17 left in the first half when Roethlisberger attempted to hit Brown on an out route along the right sideline. While Brown again caught the pass, he was ruled out of bounds. The Steelers didn’t challenge the play, but perhaps they should have.

The final two misconnects between Brown and Roethlisberger were results of bad throws by the Steelers quarterback. both of them, as you can see below, resulted in interceptions. The first one went to a deep dropping Ravens linebacker as Roethlisberger attempted to hit Brown down the middle of the field.

The second interception of a pass intended for Brown happened in the earlier stages of the fourth quarter with the Steelers trailing by just 3-points. This time, it appears as though Roethlisberger’s attempted back-shoulder throw was way off the mark and resulted in Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith getting a gift.

Brown’s longest reception in this game against the Ravens was for 27 yards and it came via this great grab in the first quarter.

Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 1
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 2
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 3
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 4
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 5
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 6
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 7
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 8
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 9
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 10
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 11
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 12
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 13
Why Didn’t Antonio Brown Catch That? Part 14

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