Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown describes Circus Catch That Beat Packers

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Amon-Ra St. Brown has had a great season for the Detroit Lions, and with 106 receptions it could be difficult to pick your best catch.

However, for those who remember the Week 18 performance against the Green Bay Packers, the answer is quick. St. Brown’s pass, which he squeezed between his legs with three minutes remaining to keep the momentum going, was his best game of the year.

Speaking to his brother about The 33rd Team, St. Brown revealed his thoughts on the wild game that ended up playing a big part in Detroit’s big finals win. As he explained, he knew from the start that he had the ball the whole time.

“That last catch, I dropped it first. It was an easy catch. I could have made it a lot easier. It was a small crossroads. It hit my hands, I dropped it. Then for some reason it lay on my leg and then sat there. Darnell Savage was behind me, it hit him and stuck to my leg. I knew the whole time it never touched the ground,” St. Brown said on the show. “As I stood up, I grabbed it and as I sat down, you see me, I said ‘catch, catch’. If they thought that was incomplete, I would have said to Dan (Campbell), “Throw the challenge flag. I know it was a catch, it never hit the ground.'”

The biggest challenge for St. Brown at the moment was seeing what officers would decide and if a review was needed. He wasn’t worried about that result either.

“So the first officer says incomplete. I’m like no way. Then the second guy comes running on the sidelines, they talk. ‘Catch.’ I’m like ‘Yes!’ After that game, they got me out. I thought, ‘If they review this, I’m not really tripping, I already know I’ve got it.’ I’m like ‘just check that out. let me see that Let everyone see how I caught it.” They didn’t check it, it was complete. It was a crazy catch. A guy on twitter said I caught it with three toes and an a** cheek,” St. Brown joked.

Jokes aside, the game was a big reason the Lions won the game. Detroit went down and scored, then managed to hold off Green Bay late for a 20-16 win. Without that game, the team may not be able to buck the game as easily as in the key moments.

Even when the catch is doubtful, St. Brown can play the ball with confidence. That is the mark of a great receiver.

Perhaps the most important thing about this catch was that it happened in the first place. That’s because it took St. Brown to have the most receptions in NFL history with a wideout in his first two seasons in the league.

Coming down the track, St. Brown didn’t realize he was even in the game for statistical honor until later in the season. Once he was, he explained that he knew it would be a fight to the end just to make it.

“I didn’t find out I was anywhere near Panthers week I think. We still had three games. It took me 18 receptions to hit it, so I knew that going into the Panthers game. I had about seven catches. I thought, ‘Okay, I need 11 more.’ Then we played the bears. I only had about four. We started running the ball to reach them. We were like, ‘Okay, this is what we need to get to the Packers and if we get to the playoffs,’ so we started doing it well. I get it, but I have four catches in this game, so I knew I needed seven catches before the Going to the Packers game to break it,” he explained.

Due to the blowout win over Chicago, the Lions didn’t get much on the ball at St. Brown. It was a cold week 18 night that pressured St. Brown to snap a fling in second and 17th place and then to give up the ball for his last reception.

“With that catch, I knew I had it tied. Then it was about four and one and we tried. When we have the first, we kneel. I knew then it was like ‘Damn, so close to getting it’ but yeah it’s still pretty cool for me to tie it but I really wanted to get that record. But hey, it’s all meant to be,” St. Brown said.

While he doesn’t have the record to himself, St. Brown can still be proud of the fact that he’s managed to make his name with football’s greats as an aspiring wide receiver.

This year, St. Brown hasn’t changed the notion that he’s an up-and-coming player who needs to be taken seriously in terms of future star power in the league.

By the end of the season, St. Brown was the Lions’ lead receiver. He’s managed 1,161 yards and six touchdowns this season. The fact that he was able to finish for over 1,000 yards was a big feather in his cap to being considered an elite talent in the league. This is especially true given that the feat took place in Detroit, a place unaccustomed to such performances since Calvin Johnson’s retirement.

St. Brown’s best game of the year came on Thanksgiving Day, where he rushed for 122 yards and a goal against a solid Buffalo team. Perhaps this effort will put him on more national radars.

St. Brown gave Detroit another big day with 114 yards and two touchdowns against Jacksonville. Perhaps the most impressive result of the day came late in the fourth quarter when St Brown managed to break free and dagger the Jaguars:

St. Brown not only leads with his words, but also with his game. He has one of the funniest personalities on the team whether he’s doing crazy catches or routine catches.

By the end of the season, St. Brown was the Lions’ lead receiver. He’s managed 1,161 yards and six touchdowns this season. The fact that he was able to finish for over 1,000 yards was a big feather in his cap to being considered an elite talent in the league. This is especially true given that the feat took place in Detroit, a place unaccustomed to such performances since Calvin Johnson’s retirement.



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