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Jets gut out late win against Steelers

Oct 2, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Gunner Olszewski (89) is stopped by New York Jets linebacker Kwon Alexander (9) for no gain during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall rushed for a 2-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining as the visiting New York Jets edged the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20 on Sunday afternoon.

New York (2-2) called 11 plays to drive 65 yards in just 3 minutes, 18 seconds to punch in the game-winning score. Hall finished with 66 yards on 17 carries, while quarterback Zach Wilson completed 18 of 36 passes for 252 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his season debut.

The Steelers (1-3) had scored 20 straight points to take a 20-10 lead with 13:36 left in the fourth quarter before Wilson connected with Corey Davis for a 5-yard scoring strike.

Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett spearheaded Pittsburgh’s comeback after replacing Mitchell Trubisky following halftime. Pickett threw for 120 yards on 10-for-13 passing and rushed for his first two career touchdowns. However, he also threw three interceptions.

Najee Harris rushed 18 times for 74 yards, and George Pickens had six catches for 102 yards for the Steelers.

Pickett’s first career pass attempt was intercepted by Jordan Whitehead.

New York couldn’t take advantage, though, as Wilson also got picked off. Minkah Fitzpatrick came down with the interception and returned it to the Jets 4, and three plays later, Pickett’s sneak gave the Steelers a 13-10 lead.

Wilson threw an interception while in field-goal range with 20 seconds left in the first half. Trubisky threw a deep ball to the end zone to try and score before the break and it was intercepted, but a roughing the passer penalty negated the pick and allowed Chris Boswell to kick a 59-yard field goal to pull the Steelers within 10-6.

Lamarcus Joyner intercepted Trubisky with 7:35 left to play in the first quarter, setting the Jets up at the Pittsburgh 36. New York turned the takeaway into a 36-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to take a 3-0 edge.

The Jets added on to their lead on a double reverse play early in the second quarter.

On an end around, Wilson handed the ball off to Garrett Wilson, who then flipped it to fellow wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Berrios then threw a 2-yard TD pass to a wide-open Zach Wilson.

–Field Level Media

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