New York had a three-and-out to start the second half, and Kenny Pickett was sent into the game for the first Steelers possession of the second half. Pittsburgh went all-run on the drive, but on a play-action pass intended for Chase Claypool, the third year receiver isn’t able to high-point the ball and was intercepted. Pickett’s first NFL regular season pass, was an interception.
Pittsburgh’s defense had the rookie quarterback’s back, and on 3rd down Wilson’s pass was intercepted by Minkah Fitzpatrick and returned to the 4-yard line. Three plays later it was Kenny Pickett plunging into the end zone for the Steelers touchdown. After Boswell’s extra point, the Steelers took a 13-10 lead over the Jets.
Pittsburgh’s defense did the job on the Jets’ next job, giving the ball back to the Steelers offense. Pickett and the Steelers’ offense were on the move at the end of the third quarter.