The play of the season may have come on Saturday night in the wild-card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.
Following Ben Roethlisberger telling 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh this week that receiver Martavis Bryant needed to "toughen up," it looks like the young receiver responded to his quarterback's challenge, as Bryant stretched his team’s lead with one of the most acrobatic touchdown catches in recent memory.
With Pittsburgh up 9-0 in the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw a ball toward the corner of the end zone. Bryant gets his hands on the ball but it begins to slip down the side of his right leg. In order to get two feet down with possession of the ball, Bryant secures it by putting his right arm around the back of his leg and holding the ball in place while he plants his feet and goes for a circus-like front flip out of the back of the end zone.
In the position Bryant finds his body in, the only way to catch the ball is to clamp it around his leg as he did with his right. He still needed to get his feet down but couldn’t make a footwork play either. In a fraction of a second, Bryant decided to plant both feet on the ground and somersault while retaining possession of the ball.
The catch gave the Steelers a 15-0 lead with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter. Pittsburgh would lose the lead and fall behind by one point before a game-winning field goal by Chris Boswell with 18 seconds left gave the Steelers an 18-16 lead.