The Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Denver Broncos was dramatic. Was it one of the turnkey moments that defines a season – think Jerome Bettis shucking off Brian Urlacher in 2005 or Ben Roethlisberger‘s last minute drive on the road in Baltimore in 2008? Right now, Steelers Nation hopes so, but time will tell.
- Those moments were what December football is about….
…But as Mike Tomlin would surely say, the point of December football is to get to January football. Because January (and now at times February) football is when trophies are passed out. 7 Steelers milestones were passed during Pittsburgh’s win over Denver.
Here is a look at them:
1 Player since 1970 has had two 15 game catches since 1970. That man is none other than Antonio Brown.
1st Steelers player, to post back-to-back 1500 yard seasons. In fact Antonio Brown is only the second player in NFL history to pull off such a feat. With respect to franchise history, two closest players on the receiving yards per season list, Yancey Thigpen and John Stallworth didn’t even sniff 1500 yards.
2 straight 110 catch seasons by Antonio Brown.
2 Years all for naught. Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris had not given up a touchdown pass in two years. However Antonio Brown torched him for two separate touchdown grabs.
5 x 50 Heath Miller many have only had three catches, but those were enough to put him over 50 for the fifth straight year.
10 consecutive 3,000 yard passing seasons for Ben Roethlisberger. Other NFL quarterbacks who have accomplished similar feats include: Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (13), Drew Brees (13), Eli Manning (11), and Philip Rivers
40 Completions. Ben Roethlisberger tied the personal record for completions he set in 2014 vs. the Colts at 40.
These numbers are impressive, but the Steelers need to take care of business on the road vs. their AFC North rivals the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.