Antonio Brown moves past Mike Wallace for 9th most receiving yards all time

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown needs 159 more receiving yards in the Steelers' final three games to break Yancey Thigpen's 16-year-old single season receiving yards record.

With a 137-yard output against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown moved past former Steelers WR Mike Wallace (who had 1,193 yards in 2011) and into 9th place on the Steelers' single-season receiving charts with 1,240 yards.

His latest performance moved him up from 15th, broke his own personal single-season high of 1,108 and positions himself nicely to break Yancey Thigpen's record of 1,398. Brown needs to average 52.6 yards a game over the team's last three games to break the record. He's currently averaging 95.4 yards a game, which is the highest mark in franchise history.

Brown reached the 90-catch plateau as well in the loss, making him the only Steelers receiver not named Hines Ward to do so. He needs 22 more catches to pull even with Ward's 112 in 2002 for the franchise record.

The Steelers host the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, and it poses an aggressive challenge against Brown's pursuit of both these records. The Bengals have allowed 222.4 yards per game passing to their opponents, a clip that's eighth-best in the league. They are at Green Bay in Week 16, a team, by contrast, to be significantly more favorable against opposing receivers (246 yards allowed per game).

Brown will need to average better than seven catches a game over the final three, a mark he hasn't achieved in the team's last three games. While barring injury and huge shift in offensive game plan, it appears Brown will break Thigpen's record by a considerable margin, the receptions record will be tougher to get.

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