The week 9 of National Football League (NFL) began with the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans at Acrisure Stadium on Thursday Night Football.
According to Fox Sports coverage, Pittsburgh Steelers, on Thursday, bounced back from its previous loss to JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in week 8. On the other hand, the Tennessee Titans clinched a narrow victory over the Atlanta Falcons in their last match.
Steelers’s Kenny Pickett, who got a rib injury in the last game, was also back in the squad, as the coach said he left the door open for him. Titan’s rookie QB Will Levis was back at the helm for the Titans after a dazzling debut last week, with Ryan still sidelined due to an ankle sprain.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tennessee Titans: The Last Seconds Drama
In the face of a challenging week to prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ formidable defence on the road, even the most experienced quarterbacks would find the task daunting, let alone a young signal-caller embarking on just his second NFL start.
Tennessee Titans’ rookie quarterback, Will Levis, displayed a commendable performance, but his efforts ultimately fell short on the grand stage of “Thursday Night Football.” The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) emerged victorious with a final score of 20-16.
Exhibiting remarkable poise and determination, Levis completed 22 of his 39 passes, accumulating 262 passing yards. However, his sole interception occurred with a mere six seconds remaining in the game. Kwon Alexander intercepted him in the end zone, dashing the Titans’ hopes of a dramatic last-second triumph.
The Steelers seized control early in the contest, marching 78 yards on their opening drive, culminating in running back Najee Harris’s 10-yard touchdown rush. In response, the Tennessee Titans (3-5) rebounded with 10 unanswered points, notably with Derrick Henry’s remarkable 10-7 touchdown run in the second quarter, where he defied gravity with a horizontal body stretch. Nick Folk added a 48-yard field goal, bringing the score to 16-13 with just 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
Diontae Johnson, who hadn’t found the end zone since Week 17 of the 2021 season, broke the touchdown drought by scoring from three yards out, concluding a 92-yard drive for the Steelers with 4:02 left in the game. This marked the seventh game-winning drive for the Steelers’ second-year quarterback, Kenny Pickett, who completed 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 160 yards.
In the waning moments of the game, Levis and the Titans valiantly advanced the ball to the Pittsburgh 19-yard line, yet they couldn’t conjure up that one crucial play needed for a comeback.