CLEVELAND – At the end of a week in which he was voted Steelers MVP by his teammates for the third time in his career, Antonio Brown again showed his value to the team. The Steelers are in the playoffs as a Wild Card team thanks to Buffalo's 22-17 victory over the New York Jets that was paired with their own 28-12 victory over Cleveland, and Brown made several significant contributions to the offensive effort.
Brown caught 13 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown on a day when the Steelers offense lost Le'Veon Bell to an ankle injury, on a day when Darrius Heyward-Bey's 74 yards receiving was the team's second-best total, on a day when all the other eligibles combined couldn't surpass Brown's 13 catches. And Brown did most of this after bouncing back from a lost fumble early in the first quarter.
Brown is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Ryan Shazier, who had 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble that was recovered by the Steelers; Robert Golden, who had seven tackles and a sack; Will Gay, who had three tackles and an interception; Stephon Tuitt, who had four tackles and two sacks; and William Gay, who had two tackles and an interception in the end zone.
Game action as the Steelers traveled to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Browns in Week 17.