Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had a single reception when covered by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore on Sunday. Gilmore, for his part, had but one complaint about Brown after the Patriots’ 17-10 defeat.
“Yeah, it was just normal battling,” Gilmore said, per the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels. “He did a little dirty move to grab my helmet and throw me down. That was super dirty, but other than that just competing on the field.”
Gilmore on jawing with Antonio Brown: “Yeah, it was just normal battling. He did a little dirty move to grab my helmet and throw me down. That was super dirty, but other than that just competing on the field.”
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) December 17, 2018
The pair exchanged pleasantries during the third quarter, shoving each other after the whistle. Gilmore and Brown had to be separated by officials, but the spat did not result in any flags thrown.
While Brown had four reception for 49 yards and a touchdown, three of those catches — including the six-point grab — came when covered by other members of the Patriots secondary. The group as a whole had a solid outing against the Steelers, picking off Ben Roethlisberger twice as they held him to two touchdowns.
However, the New England offense couldn’t capitalize on the short field positions granted to them by Duron Harmon’s forced turnovers. The Patriots punted on the drive following the first interception, and Tom Brady threw a pick of his own after the second.
As for the battle with Brown, Gilmore noted he enjoyed measuring himself against the All-Pro.
“It was fun,” Gilmore said, per NESN’s Zack Cox. “He’s one of the best receivers today. One thing that he’s good at — it’s not his routes — but his [timing] …when he makes his move. He’s very good at it.”