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'Did he really do that?'

He'd seen it before, they all had. But guard David DeCastro still came away amazed after the latest display of what wide receiver Antonio Brown can do when the Steelers throw him the ball in a critical situation.

"I think last week I said I was numb to the helmet catch," DeCastro offered after Sunday night's 31-28 escape against Green Bay. "But you can't be numb to that. With 17 seconds left? With the ball there, to get in position?

"It's incredible. He's a stud."

Brown had scored a touchdown on Nov. 16 against Tennessee by pinning the ball against his helmet with one hand.

This time, he hauled in a pass along the sideline for a gain of 23 yards on first-and-10 from the Steelers' 30-yard line with 17 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 28-28.

Brown did so by stretching for the pass, planting his left foot and dragging his right, and by maintaining possession after he'd been shoved to the ground by Packers safety Josh Jones.

Describing it in such a fashion almost makes it sound like a matter-of-fact catch.

Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Seeing it live was another matter entirely.

"When I saw the two refs looking at each other, I think they were almost like, 'Did he really do that?'" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reported.

The play was called a catch on the field and confirmed by replay review.

Brown caught another pass from Roethlisberger on the next snap for 14 yards to the Green Bay 33.

Kicker Chris Boswell eventually ended it with a 53-yard field goal as time expired, a kick that tied Dan Bailey of Dallas (Nov. 13, 2016) for the longest field goal in an NFL game at Heinz Field.

Brown finished with 10 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

"H-O-F, it's that simple for him," guard Ramon Foster assessed of Brown. "That's just what he does. I think he lives for it, he loves it.

"I'm glad he's on our team."

Added running back Le'Veon Bell: "That's not a surprise to me. Y'all should see some of the catches he does in practice. It's 'A.B.' doing what 'A.B.' does. He never seems to surprise me. I already knew when I first saw it live. I knew it was a catch."


MORE TO DO:** Brown's latest monster night pushed his totals on the season to 80 catches for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns.

"Today was just one game," he said. "There's a long way to go. We have a lot more football left. If we're going to do what we desire to do we're going to have to keep getting better and keep coming to play."

THE BELL TOLLS: Bell had almost as many yards receiving (88 on 12 catches) as he did rushing (95 on 20 attempts).

His contributions weren't lost on Roethlisberger.

"'A.B.' is special, he does all these things, but to me the big story of the passing game was Le'Veon," Roethlisberger said. "They were trying to get some depth and take away a lot of passes. Le'Veon, he made play after play, getting out quick, making things happen.

"As great as 'A.B.' always is, Le'Veon was extra special, too."

COSTLY MISTAKES: Safety Mike Mitchell attributed the three latest big plays surrendered by the defense to "Steelers kicking Steelers' butts."

Packers quarterback Brett Hundley threw touchdown passes of 39, 54 and 55 yards.

Green Bay gained 159 yards on its other 51 offensive snaps.

"It's so frustrating," Mitchell said. "If you knew how we prepare from a day-to-day basis, man, we have the goods. When we're right-minded, doing what we're supposed to do, no one gets anything on us. It's when we shoot ourselves in the foot, that's it. I'll put every dollar that I have on it, that's how confident I am in our secondary, in our defense, in our team.

"If we don't beat ourselves there's no one that's going to beat us."


THEY SAID IT:** "Right now I'm in a great mood. We started slow, we may not have played great but I'm in a great mood because we got the job done. It would have been totally different if those guys had kicked a field goal and won the game and we played the exact same way. I'm just glad we got the job done, that's all that matters." _ Bell.

"Oh, my goodness, I think he did it … I think that is one of the most brilliant plays I've seen in a very long time. I think he has it." _ NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth during the replay review of Brown's 23-yard, fourth-quarter reception.

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