It’s only been one game, but Kenny Pickett’s performance Monday night should quell some questions regarding his future as the Steelers’ quarterback. The former Pete Panthers standout appeared to be the part of the franchise quarterback in leading the Steelers to a 24-17 victory in Indianapolis.
Pickett’s play propelled Pittsburgh to its first win on the road since upsetting Cincinnati on the way back in Week 1. A two-point pass to George Pickens early in the fourth quarter gave the Steelers a seven-point lead. Pickett then watched the Steelers defense hold the Colts’ late run to even the score. The Steelers sealed the win when Minka Fitzpatrick smashed a fourth down Matt Ryan pass that was intended for Paris Campbell with 39 seconds left in the game.
Down 16-3 at halftime, the Colts took the fight to Pittsburgh in the third quarter. Led by Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis scored twice in the quarter to take a 17-16 lead entering the final section. Taylor scored the Colts’ first touchdown on a two-yard run. Michael Pittman capped off the quarter-final with a six-yard touchdown pass.
The Steelers regained the lead five minutes into the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Benny Snell touchdown run. Snell ran for 62 yards on 12 carries while playing in relief of Nagy Harris, who left the game after suffering an injury late in the first half. Pittsburgh then made it a seven-point game on Pickett’s two-point conversion pass to Pickens, whose ballet 35-yard touchdown catch earlier in the game brought Harris to a six-yard touchdown that gave 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 head coach Jeff on Saturday.
We’ll have a full breakdown of the game on Monday soon, but in the meantime, check out our live blog below to relive the action in real time.
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