Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has sealed the unofficial distinction as having the best receiving season in Steelers history.
On his first catch of the Steelers' Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he broke his own single-season receiving yards record. topping 1,499 yards, becoming the first Steelers player to ever reach 1,500 receiving yards in a season. Last week, Brown broke Hines Ward's single-season receptions record, grabbing his 113th catch of the season. He entered Week 16 with 115 catches, eight shy of tying Herman Moore for second-most in NFL history.
The catch came, like nearly all of them have, from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who broke his own franchise single-season passing yards record in the team's Week 15 win over the Falcons.
He would finish the game with seven catches and 72 yards, making it 17 consecutive games in which he's caught at least five passes for at least 70 yards. It's now 31 games in which he's caught at least five passes for at least 50 yards.
Brown, a sixth-round draft pick out of Central Michigan in 2010, will most likely be named to the first team All Pro team for the first time in his career. He was named to the second team last year after logging 110 catches and 1,499 yards.