After another sluggish start to this afternoon’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense came alive in the second half on their way to a 24-17 victory.
With the win, the Steelers improved to 4-2 on the season while keeping pace with the rest of their AFC North divisional foes, which also all won today.
Kenny Pickett threw for 230 yards while George Pickens had 107 yards receiving. Najee Harris had 53 yards rushing and a touchdown.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers got on the board first when Chris Boswell kicked a 53 yard field goal. The Rams tied the game later in the quarter on a 41 yard field goal by Brett Maher, and they took the lead on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Mathew Stafford to Tutu Atwell. Los Angeles led 9-3 at the half.
The Rams received the ball to start the second half, but TJ Watt intercepted Stafford, setting up the Steelers’ offense with a prime opportunity to take the lead, and that’s exactly what they did. Pickett’s one yard touchdown made it 10-9, but it wouldn’t last long. The Rams moved down the field, capped by a one-yard touchdown by Darrell Henderson Jr. After a successful two-point conversion, the Rams held a 17-10 lead.
Pittsburgh scored the game’s final 14 points, all in the fourth quarter, to come away with the win. Timely throws and conversions from Pickett to Pickens as well as Diontae Johnson proved to be huge this afternoon. Jaylen Warren’s 13-yard touchdown run tied the game, and Harris’s three yard scamper made it 24-17. After the two teams traded empty possessions down the stretch, the Steelers made the clutch plays to keep the Rams’ offense off the field and were able to run out the clock.
This was yet another close game that could have gone either way, and somehow, the Steelers came away with the victory. Honestly, it is astonishing this team has won four games this season, and they are still very much in the thick of the AFC North division race as well as the AFC playoff picture.
Pittsburgh has a huge matchup next week at Acrisure Stadium, as they will welcome the AFC South division leading Jacksonville Jaguars to town next Sunday at 1:00pm.
Overall Record: 4-2