Steelers beat Raiders 23-18

Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.

After a disappointing opening week, the Pittsburgh Steelers have turned things around.

The Steelers took the lead early and defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 23-18 on Sunday night for their second straight win.

Although the Raiders got on the board first – quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hit Davante Adams for a 32-yard score in the first quarter – Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett immediately responded. Pickett found Kelvin Austin for a huge 72-yard touchdown to tie the game again. Austin was wide open in the middle of the field, and the play marked the longest touchdown scored against the Raiders in team history. The previous record came in 1972 with “Immaculate Reception”.

From then on, the Steelers almost completely shut down the Raiders’ offense. Pittsburgh scored three straight field goals before Pickett hit Pat Freiermuth for another touchdown in the third quarter. This gave the Steelers a 23-7 lead.

Adams scored for the second time late in the fourth quarter, and the Raiders converted their first two-point conversion in their last eight attempts in a one-score game. Then, after getting a full down in the red zone, the Raiders kicked a field goal to get back within five points with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

Although the Raiders made one last stop and got the ball back with 12 seconds remaining, Garoppolo threw his third interception of the night to end the game. This ensured the Steelers’ five-point victory.

Pickett finished the night throwing 16 of 28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Najee Harris had 65 rushing yards on 19 carries for Pittsburgh. Garoppolo finished the night going 28 of 44 for 324 yards with two touchdowns to go along with his three interceptions. Adams had 172 receiving yards on 13 catches.

Relive the “Sunday Night Football” matchup here with Yahoo Sports.

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