Steelers Trick Play Culminates in Antonio Brown Touchdown Pass (Video)
Last night’s Steelers-Texans game had a little bit of everything—suspense, comebacks, untimely turnovers. It even had a trick play highlighted by an Antonio Brown touchdown pass, which you don’t see every day given the fact that Antonio Brown is a wide receiver.
With just over a minute left in the first half, actual quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the snap on a 1st and goal from the Texans’ three-yard line and tossed it back to Brown, who had run behind Roethlisberger from the line of scrimmage. At that point, it looked like he would then keep running the other way, or maybe toss the ball to somebody else for a flea flicker. But no. Brown stopped, peeled back to his left, and then fired a pass to Lance Moore for the touchdown.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what the benefit of the play was. Maybe it took a safety out of the endzone. Maybe the misdirection gave Moore a little more time to get open. But it’s not like it opened up any gaping holes, J.J. Watt still nearly got to Antonio Brown, and Big Ben probably could have thrown the exact same pass.
It looked cool, though.
The craziest thing about this Antonio Brown touchdown pass? It was part of an absurd sequence in which the Steelers scored 24 points in the final three minutes of the first half, and three touchdowns in the final 1:27.
With 3:09 left, the Texans were up 13-0. By the end of the half it was 24-13 Steelers. And they would go on to win 30-23.