Plays of the Year: Mason Rudolph connects with Chase Claypool on deep fourth-down touchdown

Steel City Underground presents “Plays of the Year” featuring the top runs, catches, hits and everything else in-between from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 season.

The 11-3 Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Cleveland shorthanded during the final week of the 2020 regular season, resting eight of their starters for their impending Wild Card Weekend game the following week.

In lieu of playing such luminaries like QB Ben Roethlisberger, fans witnessed the possible future of the Steelers with QB Mason Rudolph at the helm.  Fans also saw Chase Claypool show why he is should be a force to be reckoned with in his future as well.

This game is often forgotten because of the outcome this week and in the playoffs, but for some, it planted a question in their minds: is Mason the future quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Rudolph showed that he has the potential to take over the driver’s seat in the Steelers offense, especially with this connection with Chase Claypool in a do or die situation.

Early in the 4th quarter, the Steelers were down 24-9. Mason and company were part of a long series, previously converting on 4th down during the same drive.

Mike Tomlin decided to double-down, again going for it on fourth down: this time a 4th-and-10 on the Cleveland 28-yard line.

Facing pressure, Rudolph drops back and launches a near-perfect spiral to Claypool on the sideline, as he snags the pass with the Browns defender draped all over him.

It is still unclear to me how “Mapletron” got this pass!

The Steelers lost a close game 24-22 to the Cleveland Browns to finish an incredible season at 12-4.

While it did not change one thing for the playoffs, it gave us insight into what the future of the team can be going forward.

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