When everything looked to be at its worst, the Pittsburgh Steelers hung together and brought themselves back from what looked to be a losing season. On Sunday, the Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 20-7 without really being challenged. In the process, the Steelers still have a shot at making the postseason with a Kanas City Chiefs win over the San Diego Chargers. The second-half effort by the Steelers had the franchise winning six of their last eight games.
Over the second half, the Steelers relied heavily on the offense and put their faith behind offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This allowed wide receiver Antonio Brown shine over the course of the season. Brown is the first player in NFL history to record at least five receptions for 50-plus yards in all 16 games of the regular season. He was recently named the most valuable player of the Steelers this week as voted by his teammates.
Brown finished the season with 110 receptions for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns. He already broke the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, but fell just two catches short of the record for most catches in a season. Head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the press on his wide receiver after the game:
“He’s a hard worker,” said Tomlin. “He’s our team MVP. He’s highly productive. He wants to be one of the key reasons why we’re successful. He’s just got all the makings of a guy on the upswing in his career and it’s good to see production to go along with those types of efforts.”