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Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown ran the wrong route on touchdown catch

Talk about improvising.

NFL: Super Bowl LV-Kansas City Chiefs vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) scores a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV.
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The Buccaneers were clicking on all cylinders during Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs. They were clicking so good that even if their receivers ran the wrong routes, the play (wrong play?) would still be executed. And for a touchdown nonetheless.

When quarterback Tom Brady hit wide receiver Antonio Brown in the end zone just before the first half ended, the play did not run as planned.

According to quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, Brown actually ran the wrong route.

“I was laughing this morning, we were talking about A.B.” Christensen said on The Pat McAfee Show Monday via MassLive. “A.B. on his touchdown catch was supposed to go down and in, and then pop back out. He goes out and pops back in. I’m kinda going through the headset, ‘Did he run the right route? Did he just do the opposite of what he’s supposed to do and we hit it for a touchdown?’ And that was the case.

“That’s where Brady doesn’t get thrown for a loop. He just hits the guy. ‘Hey, you get open, I’ll hit you.’ That’s where he’s pretty darn unique. A lot of quarterbacks are, ‘Hey, he’s supposed to do this: A to B to C.’ This guy A.B. goes C to F back to A and he just hits him for a touchdown.”

It’s incredible how not only from Brown’s perspective to still get Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu to bite on the (wrong) outside move to get open inside, but for Brady to not panic and essentially wait for Brown to get open and hit him perfectly shows not just the level of confidence Brady has in Brown but his level of greatness for making adjustments in his own mind as the play develops.

The framework for championship football.