Kenny Pickett comes up big in the clutch again, leads Steelers to late win over Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett hasn’t been up to par in all four quarters. But he does well with the clutch. The Cincinnati Bengals appreciate it.

At the end of a rough game, Pickett finally came alive, driving the Steelers to their first touchdown of the night. Pickett deftly evaded pass rushes, kept his balance, and found Nagy Harris for a 10-yard touchdown with 56 seconds remaining.

The Steelers went on to win 16-13 and kept their playoff hopes going into the final week of the regular season.

Pickett still has a long way to go in his development, but he ran like a drive against the Ravens and his win over the Las Vegas Raiders last week says a lot about his confidence. Being able to combine these drives is a valuable trait for a quarterback, and Pickett has shown he has it.

Had the Ravens won, next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals would have been guaranteed the AFC North title. It’s still a possibility, but the Bengals can clinch the division with a victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.

The Steelers, somehow, were 8-8 and should have had a downseason. And they’re seeing some positive moments from the rookie quarterback.

The Steelers Ravens Play Another Physical Game

The Steelers and Ravens have been playing the same game for nearly 20 years. Hard to get points. Tingling. It seems that the shot feeling has improved. It’s the same whether the game is in Pittsburgh or Baltimore. The NFL version of “Edge of Tomorrow”.

Sunday night’s game started out like the one involving Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger all those years ago. He hit hard and scored few goals. The Steelers suffered a heavy loss when his lineman, Cameron Hayward, got a little too hot after the third and his 16 plays. Hayward shoved a Ravens lineman while in the pile and received a 15-yard penalty. It was a questionable call. Instead of fielding his goal, the Ravens got the gift first. They turned it into their first touchdown of the game, turning it into rookie tight end Isiah Riley on a 7-yard catch just before halftime.

In a low-scoring, close game, the four extra points the Ravens scored after Hayward’s penalty were significant. The Steelers had to chase most of the game.

The game after halftime also struggled. There were no touchdowns in the third quarter. The Ravens extended their lead to 13–3 with Justin Tucker’s field goal, but the Steelers came back with his own field goal.

The Ravens led 13-6 in the fourth quarter and both offenses looked capable of grabbing the win with a single touchdown drive.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled most of the game against the Ravens but came up with the big drive his team needed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Game Remains Tight Through 4th Quarter

The Steelers put together a good drive in the 4th quarter, mostly using punishing runs, but stalled and settled for another field goal. The Ravens defense did a great job keeping the Steelers out of the end zone. But they all turned into field goal attempts. One was a mistake by Chris Boswell.

The Ravens defense did what it could, but the offense couldn’t finish the game. After the Steelers cut Baltimore’s lead to 13–9, Pittsburgh’s nice return to the 40-yard line was wasted when the offense went three-and-out and was punted. Ravens miss injured Lamar his Jackson. Tyler Huntley played poorly in his place.

For most of the fourth quarter, it was clear the Ravens defense had to score 13 points from offensive holdups. The Steelers then started driving. A few nice throws by Pickett put the Steelers deep into Ravens territory. The quarterback’s sneak on third down scored a first down at the 12-yard line with just over a minute remaining. Pickett then made a great play hitting Harris for a touchdown and the lead.

The Ravens shot into Tucker’s field goal range, but nothing came of the offense. Huntley threw the game-deciding interception with 13 seconds remaining.

The Steelers weren’t widely praised for picking Pickett in the first round of the draft. There were questions about his strengths. He’s far from finished, but the Steelers already know that no moment is too big for him.

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