Plays of the Year: Martavis Bryant makes one-handed touchdown catch

Steel City Underground presents “Plays of the Year” featuring the tops runs, catches, hits and everything else in-between for the Steelers 2017 season.

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Week 15. The game everyone believed would be an eventual rematch in a few short weeks was, in fact, a rematch of the previous AFC Championship game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers played host to the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. With both teams sporting the same record, the game was a defacto tiebreaker to determine which team would be the number one seed in the AFC playoff picture.

Both teams went back and forth before a Patriots field goal knotted the score at ten all with just under nine minutes left in the second quarter. The Steelers offense would take the field and begin a massive 15-play, 78-yard drive which ate up over eight and a half minutes from the game clock.

But it wasn’t the drive that was the shocker, rather the play which ended it: a play which would come from a player who was once on the brink of superstardom but had fallen from grace as the season progressed. That player is Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who came up huge when his number was called that afternoon.

Running a drag route across the end zone, Bryant’s arm is held (nearly pinned behind his back) as QB Ben Roethlisberger lofts a pass that looks more like a basketball alley-oop than the laser beam precision we’re accustomed too.

Even with only one arm available to catch the ball, Bryant makes an unlikely single-handed reception to put the Steelers ahead 17-10 before the half.

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