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Week 15 of the 2017 regular season.

The game everyone believed would be an eventual rematch in a few short weeks in the playoffs 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 franchise 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 super-stardom but had fallen from grace as the season progressed. That player wass 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.

The best part of the play was what transpired after it.

JuJu Smith-Schuster returned this week after being suspended for one game after a crushing block on Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict:

Feeling that Burfict is a bigger violator of rules and that he was unfairly punished for the taunt following this block, Smith-Schuster made it known that he was all business upon his return. Bryant leaves the football to the side (later spiked by G Ramon Foster) and lays motionless on the turf as JuJu recreates the "crime scene" from his Burfict hit!

JuJu recreates the "crime scene" from his Burfict hit





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