Free Press sports activities writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez break down the Lions-Steelers recreation and dissect the matchups to observe. Recorded Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press

Calvin Johnson, left, and Antonio Brown trade jerseys after the Steelers defeated the Lions, 37-27, at Heinz Discipline in Pittsburgh on Nov 17, 2013.(Picture: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Should you’re having withdrawals ready for Detroit Lions soccer all day earlier than Sunday Evening Soccer in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ford Discipline (eight:30 p.m., NBC) — this coming after a bye week — we have one thing which will maintain your over, and recall each good and unhealthy recollections.

The final time the Lions performed the Steelers within the common season, two of the league’s finest receivers torched the opposing secondaries in a shoot-out in Pittsburgh. 

A type of wideouts stays among the many finest within the league. The opposite is retired. 

Should you guessed Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson because the receivers, you’d be appropriate.

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It was Week 11 of the 2013 season, when the NFC North-leading Lions (6-Three) went to Heinz Discipline in opposition to a Three-6 Steelers crew (highlights beneath).

Brown had seven catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to a secondary that includes rookie Darius Slay, Chris Houston, Louis Delmas and Glover Quin. 

Johnson caught six pbades for 179 yards and two scores, serving to the Lions rating 27 second-quarter factors en path to a 27-20 lead at halftime. However Pittsburgh stifled the Lions within the second half, outscoring them, 17-Zero, to win, 37-27.

It was the beginning of six losses within the closing seven video games, because the Lions squandered the NFC North and fell out of the playoff image, ending 7-9. Jim Schwartz was fired after the season and Jim Caldwell was employed as head coach. 

Now, Slay will get one other likelihood to attempt to sluggish Brown in maybe the sport’s most necessary matchup.

Johnson, in the meantime, is fortunately retired, although the Lions have lately fielded commerce calls from two groups asking if they’re desirous about dealing his rights. However do not depend on a return from Megatron.

Watch highlights from Brown and Johnson’s showdown beneath:

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