Kenny Pickett threw a three-yard landing go to Deontae Johnson with 4:02 remaining and the Pittsburgh Steelers all the way down to the Tennessee Titans 20-16 on Thursday.
The Steelers (5-3) bounced again from a troublesome loss to Jacksonville on Sunday by doing what they’ve accomplished pretty often this season: dangle on lengthy sufficient to lastly pull it off. 4 of Pittsburgh’s 5 wins have are available video games through which they trailed coming into the fourth quarter.
Pickett struggled at instances whereas coping with a rib harm however pulled it collectively late, finishing 19 of 30 for 160 yards, together with a 32-yard strike to Johnson down the correct sideline on the go-ahead landing. Operating again Jaylen Warren had 112 yards of complete offense, together with a 22-yarder from the sideline that helped arrange the successful rating.
Tennessee rookie quarterback Will Levis performed effectively in his second NFL begin, however could not match the depth of his first, a four-touchdown masterpiece in opposition to Atlanta. Levis threw for 262 yards however his thirty ninth and ultimate go was the primary interception of his profession when Steelers linebacker Kwon Alexander caught a go on the objective line with six seconds remaining to seal it.
Titans huge receiver Treylon Burks was taken off the sphere with simply over two minutes left within the recreation when he landed exhausting on the Acrisure Stadium subject after his failed try and scoop the ball up on fourth down from Levis. The second-year professional lay on the Acrisure Stadium court docket for a number of minutes whereas medical workers from each groups tended to him. He was taken off the sphere however had motion in all 4 limbs. The Giants stated Burks had full motion in all of his extremities, an Amazon TV broadcast reported.
The Steelers moved embattled offensive coordinator Matt Canada from the teaching field to the sideline in hopes of serving to present a spark to a unit that began tonight close to the underside of the league in each necessary statistical class.
The quick returns have been encouraging. Pickett directed a 78-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard landing on Pittsburgh’s opening possession, the primary time the Steelers had reached the tip zone on their preliminary drive throughout a recreation Pickett began in additional than a yr.
Nevertheless it was not sustainable. Whereas there have been pockets of success right here and there, Pickett struggled along with his accuracy at instances and the offense reverted to the hit that had develop into his signature.
The Giants responded to take a 13-10 lead into halftime behind some balanced play by Levis and Derrick Henry. Henry scored on a two-yard dive — with 305-pound defensive sort out Jeffrey Simmons serving because the lead blocker — and Levis later expertly ran the offense two minutes to arrange a 36-yard subject objective by Faulk to place Tennessee forward on the break.
The groups traded subject targets within the third quarter — Pittsburgh’s one after huge receiver George Pickens did not put his left foot on what ought to have been a landing reception — with Faulk’s third subject objective placing the Giants up 16-13 heading into the fourth.
The place the Steelers needed them.