INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Pittsburgh Steelers may not be world beaters on offense, but they certainly have developed a winning recipe: hang around just long enough to win the game late.
The Steelers did just that, again trailing for most of the game, and being out-gained by the Los Angeles Rams, 354 yards to 300, but coming away with a 24-17 victory.
Kenny Pickett again provided the heroics on a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Pickett was a perfect 4 for 4 for 69 yards as the Steelers drove 80 yards in 10 plays to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Both offenses struggled in the early going in a scoreless first quarter, and Rams kicker Brett Maher missed a field goal — the first of three missed kicks in the game for him.
The Steelers struck first on Chris Boswell field goal in the second quarter. Maher got one the other way later in the frame and the teams looked like they were going to go into the half tied before the Rams connected on a couple of big plays right before the half. Matt Stafford found Tutu Atwell for a 31-yard score with Levi Wallace in coverage.
The Steelers responded as they have all season with a big play from their defense. T.J. Watt intercepted Stafford and returned it inside the 10-yard line. Kenny Pickett finished that drive with a 1-yard plunge.
The Rams responded with a long drive featured another big play by rookie Puka Nacua, who was a thorn in the side of the Steelers all afternoon. Nacua had catches of 32 and 20 yards to set up a 1-yard Darell Henderson score. Nacua finished with eight catches for 154 yards.
After a 2-point conversion, the Rams tied the score. But the Steelers offense came to life in the fourth quarter. After another Rams missed field goal, Pickett led a five-play, 59-yard drive, with Jaylen Warren cashing in on a 13-yard score.
That set up Pickett’s go-ahead drive and Harris’ game-winning touchdown.
Pickett finished 17 of 25 for 230 yards and a 97.1 passer rating. George Pickens was his best target, catching five for 107. Harris had 14 carries for 53 yards and Warren six for 32.
The 4-2 Steelers will return home for to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.