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The Pittsburgh Steelers only took the lead with 46 seconds left Saturday night, but that was all they needed.

Those 46 seconds were the final 46 as rookie George Pickens kicked the game-winning touchdown on the Steelers’ final drive of the night.

The score, from one rookie (Kenny Pickett) to another, gave the Steelers a 13-10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The bold performance came the same night the franchise retired Franco Harris’ No. 32 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, also against the Raiders.

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Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before kickoff against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arizona Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Harris died earlier this week, days before he could have celebrated the anniversary on Friday and seen his number in the batons.

The Steelers wore their throwback jersey for the occasion, along with a patch commemorating the anniversary of the iconic game.

It snowed all night at the Akrizur Stadium, so neither team really did much on offense. In fact, the Steelers actually missed two field goals in a negative four-degree wind chill. There were eight touchdowns and four interceptions on the night (three by the Raiders’ Derek Carr).

But somehow, the Steelers offense rallied late after being quiet through the first three quarters. They kicked a field goal on their first drive of the fourth quarter to make it 10-6. Both teams traded punts, and after the Steelers forced a three-and-out, they had less than three minutes left to keep their season alive.

Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after an interception in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arizona Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Minkah Fitzpatrick #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after an interception in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arizona Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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The drive, which started at their own 24 yard line, lasted 10 plays, one of which was a huge 4th and 1 QB sneak to keep the drive alive. The next play, Pickett found Pickens in the end zone. In fact, that drive was the first time they even entered the red zone all night. But better late than never.

Carr had a chance to tie the game, but the interception put the ball game on ice (no pun intended).

Pickett threw for 244 yards, 75 of them on the winning drive, on 26-of-39 passing. Four Steelers (Pat Freiermuth, Deonta Johnson, Najri Harris and Pickens) each had at least five catches. All but Harris had more than 55 receiving yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Alex Highsmith (56) celebrates after being sacked during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Alex Highsmith (56) celebrates after being sacked during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, in Pittsburgh.
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The Steelers (7-8) face the Baltimore Ravens, who clinched a playoff berth earlier in Week 17, while the 6-9 Raiders host the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers on New Year’s Day.

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