Teammate Says Kenny Pickett Called the Play That Put the Steelers Ahead Against the Colts
Kenny Pickett, a rookie for the Pittsburgh Steelers, engineered the game-winning scoring drive early in the fourth quarter in the team’s 24-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Steelers center Mason Cole provided a behind-the-scenes look at the final play call and told reporters after the game that Pickett chose the play that got running back Benny Snell into the end zone.
Cole told Pro Football Talk after the game, “That run we scored on, Kenny called it.” “We were in a timeout when Kenny said, ‘I’d like to run this.’
It’s huge to see that confidence on third-and-2 on the goal line. It’s encouraging to see, and it’s exciting to see. It really demonstrated who he is as a leader, the command he possesses on the field.”
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Pickett admitted to discussing the play with Steelers coaches.
“We have great open communication,” said the rookie quarterback. “That was the play I suggested; I was very confident in it, and they were as well, so we went with it.”
Pickett led the Steelers on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in Snell’s touchdown and a two-point conversion attempt thanks to a pass to George Pickens. With 9:44 remaining in the game, Pittsburgh took a seven-point lead and never looked back.
Pickett had a 13-yard pass to Snell and a 17-yard pass to Pat Freiermuth on the drive, which helped set up the touchdown.
Pickett finished 20-for-28 for 174 yards passing. He received three sacks. Snell gained 62 yards on the ground after Najee Harris left the game with an abdominal injury. Before leaving, Harris had 35 yards on the ground and a touchdown.