It’s no secret at this point that Steelers QB Kenny Pickett plays his best football in crunch time. Following a comeback win against the Tennessee Titans this past Thursday Night, Pickett now has six fourth quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives in just 20 career games.
Pickett’s quarterback rating this season in quarters one through three is a paltry 75.3. His rating in the fourth quarter spikes dramatically, at 108.2. Those are staggering numbers for a young quarterback. But it’s just as staggering that Pickett has only thrown a combined 13 total touchdown passes in those games.
Mike Tomlin was asked about Pickett’s lack of production through the first three-quarters today, and quickly pivoted to his fourth-quarter clutch gene, saying, “He’s [Pickett] awesome in the 4th quarter. He rises up in those moments.”
Tomlin mentioned that Pickett is a guy who runs to challenges, and not from them. However, he also added that “those other quarters we’re working on.”
Here is the full quote:
#Steelers HC Mike Tomlin made sure to turn the tables when asked about Kenny Pickett's QB rating in quarters 1-3.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 7, 2023
"What is his rating in the 4th quarter...? He's AWESOME in the 4th quarter."
Tomlin standing up for his QB...pic.twitter.com/SF07L8aYT7
For the Steelers to remain competitive in a loaded AFC, they’ll need Pickett to figure it out before crunch time. But there’s no questioning he plays his best when it matters most.