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09-20-2010, 12:08 AM
Tricky kick return gets Steelers off to hot start
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_700356.html
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, September 20, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Antonio Brown left LP Stadium on Sunday with a victory and a keepsake: the ball with which the rookie wide receiver and return man scored his first NFL touchdown.

Dressing for his first NFL game, Brown returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.

The only touchdown through the first 59 minutes of the Steelers' 19-11 win came on some trickery.

Deep man Mewelde Moore fielded Rob Bironas' kickoff and handed off to Brown at the 11.

Brown, who had looped behind Moore, picked up key blocks from Ryan Mundy and Stevenson Sylvester. He then eluded Bironas, the last line of defense, on the way to the end zone.

Brown became the first Steelers player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since Allen Rossum in 2007.

"I kind of expect those things out of me, and I just want to continue to do them," Brown said.

Tomlin said the Steelers used the trick play because he knew it would be difficult for them to move the ball on the Titans.

"Our special teams has been doing a great job," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said, "but they weren't ready for that one."

Neither was Brown in one sense.

After scoring the first time he touched the ball in an NFL game, he returned to the sidelines empty handed.

"Mike Wallace went and got (the ball) for me," Brown said. "He said last year Santonio Holmes did the same thing for him."

-- Scott Brown

DIGITS

16 -- Games the Steelers have won in the 17 times Chris Hoke has started at nose tackle.

180 -- Consecutive games Hines Ward has made at least one catch, a streak he narrowly extended against the Titans.

QUOTABLE

"I think we had a good scouting report on him. We kind of knew what they were going to do each formation, each situation. We realized if Chris Johnson doesn't break a big run, they're not scoring a lot of points on our team, so we tried to keep him bottled up as well as possible and I think it worked to our advantage." - Free safety Ryan Clark, on the Steelers shutting down the Titans.

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.