It’s only one game, but Kenny Pickett’s performance Monday night should quell some questions about his future as the Steelers quarterback. The former Pitt Panthers standout looked the part of a franchise quarterback in leading the Steelers to a 24-17 victory in Indianapolis.
Pickett’s performance pushed Pittsburgh to its first win since upsetting Cincinnati in Week 1. His two-point pass to George Pickens early in the fourth quarter gave the Steelers a seven-point lead. Pickett watched as the Steelers defense countered the Colts’ late charge to tie the score. With 39 seconds left, the Steelers clinched the victory when Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted Matt Ryan’s fourth-down pass to Parris Campbell.
Trailing 16-3 at halftime, the Colts rallied for Pittsburgh in the third quarter. Led by Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis scored two touchdowns in the quarter to take a 17-16 lead into the final stanza. Taylor scored the Colts’ first touchdown on a two-yard run. Michael Pittman capped the quarter with a six-yard touchdown pass.
The Steelers regained the lead five minutes into the fourth quarter on Benny Snell’s two-yard touchdown run. Snell ran for 62 yards on 12 carries and played in relief of Najee Harris, who left the game late in the first half with an injury. Pittsburgh then made it a seven-point game on Pickett’s two-point conversion pass to Pickens, whose balletic 35-yard catch from earlier in the game set up Harris’ six-yard touchdown run to give the Steelers a 13–0 lead.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Steelers, who improved their record to 4-7. The Colts’ loss dropped them to 4-7-1 and 1-2 under interim coach Jeff Saturday.
We’ll have full coverage of Monday’s game soon, but in the meantime, check out our live blog below to relive the action in real time.
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