Watch: Diontae Johnson’s clutch circus catch puts Steelers ahead
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Oft-criticized for dropping passes in 2020, Diontae Johnson put the NFL on notice Sunday afternoon that his star is on the rise.
Reportedly working incredibly hard on his concentration this offseason, Johnson showed that his focus is second-to-none on this juggling touchdown catch.
The Steelers trailed the Bills all game, but found themselves in an opportune situation near the start of the fourth quarter, where they received the ball at midfield. With a Chase Claypool pass interference call moving the ball up to Buffalo’s 23-yard line, Najee Harris inched Pittsburgh further into the redzone on an 18-yard run, setting up a first-and-goal scenario from the Bills’ five-yard line.
Ben Roethlisberger stepped back to pass and looked to the corner of the endzone on his first attempt to score, finding Johnson, who plays a tip drill and taps both toes for the incredible touchdown catch.
The Steelers would take their first lead of the game, 13-10.
They would never look back, defeating the heavily-favored Bills to open their season 1-0, with a 23-16 victory.