WATCH: Steelers WR Antonio Brown holds on for TD after huge head shot
With everything we know about how head injuries from football can have a lasting impact on, Monday Night Football’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals was difficult to swallow.
A pair of AFC North rivals matched up with a lot on the line on both sides — the Bengals were trying to keep pace in the hunt for an AFC Wild Card and the Steelers were looking to set up a chance to clinch the division next week with a win. However, some bad blood and an unrelated, yet horrible, injury sullied an otherwise great game and even the game’s greatest play.
Trailing 20-13, the Steelers marched down the field with an opportunity to tie after a cheap shot by JuJu Smith-Schuster put them behind the eight-ball. That’s when Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown in the back of the end zone on an in-breaking route.
Brown snared the rocketed pass and took an enormous shot to the head from Bengals safety George Iloka and somehow managed to hold onto the ball despite the illegal contact.
Close up of that hit on Antonio Brown in the end zone pic.twitter.com/P9xqPhjBaF
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The Steelers went on to win the game on a last-second field goal from Chris Boswell and Brown was luckily okay on the play. However, Iloka will likely be subject to a fine for the helmet-to-helmet hit and Smith-Schuster will likely also be punished for his actions in the ugly game.