In miraculous fashion, the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped Cincinnati with a win over the Bengals. They will now head to Denver, where they will face the Broncos for a second time this season.
The game did not come without consequence. There were a number of scuffles in the game, and players were injured throughout the contest. Antonio Brown was one of the casualties, as he took a hard shot to the head from Vontaze Burfict. He has been diagnosed with a concussion, and it is unclear if he will be available next week.
Brown took the hit, drawing a 15-yard penalty. The call gave the Steelers extra yardage late in the game, and an extra flag afterwards gave the Steelers a manageable length to kick the game-winning field goal with 15 seconds remaining.
Brown stayed on the field for several minutes after being hit. Right before that play, he had made a critical catch on fourth down to keep their season alive.
After the game, Mike Tomlin told reporters that Brown has suffered a concussion. That means a week of concussion protocol and tests for Brown, putting his status next week in serious jeopardy.
So begins a week of anxiety for Steelers fans. Brown is the key piece of the Steelers offense, and has been near unstoppable this season. Brown set career highs in catches and yards this season, finishing with 136 grabs for1,834 yards.