How you play down the stretch is always a key, and for two Steelers’ players their performance in the final five games was something that definitely stood out and they were recognized for it.
Brown led the NFL with 51 receptions for 642 yards during the span, including an NFL-leading 34 for first downs, and added five touchdowns to help to lead the Steelers to a 4-1 record during the stretch. His 51 receptions were nine more than any other NFL player. Last week he had 13 receptions for 187 yards against Cleveland, and had 16 catches for 189 yards against Denver on Dec. 20.
Brown finished the regular season as the NFL’s leading receiver with a career-high 1,834 yards and tied for first in the NFL with a career-high 136 receptions. He became the first player in Steelers’ history with back-to-back seasons with at least 1,700 yards from scrimmage and led the NFL with 2,074 combined yards (including rushing, receiving and returns).
A little over three months ago Boswell was a kicker missing one thing…a team to kick for. He was released by the New York Giants twice during the preseason, the final time right before the start of the regular season. He had never kicked in an NFL game before the Steelers signed him on Oct. 3, but his calm demeanor would never indicate that.
Boswell set Steelers’ records for rookie/first-year kickers for points in a season with 113, field goal percentage at 90.6 and most field goals made with 29.