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Antonio Brown joins exclusive group

ATLANTA -- Wide receiver Antonio Brown joined some elite company in helping the Pittsburgh Steelers take a 20-7 halftime lead over the Atlanta Falcons.

Brown caught five passes for 76 yards in the first half, giving him at least 110 receptions for the second consecutive season.

Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Wes Welker are the only players in NFL history to accomplish that feat and Welker is the only one to have done it twice.

Brown’s 28-yard catch near the end of the first half set up running back Le’Veon Bell’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Officials initially had ruled the play an incomplete pass but replays clearly showed Brown dragging his left foot after getting his right foot in bounds and the call was reversed.

Brown’s 110 catches for 1,451 yards both lead the NFL.

He entered the game trailing only Atlanta’s Julio Jones in receiving yards. But Jones, who has 1,428 receiving yards, is not playing today because of a hip injury he sustained last Monday night in Green Bay.