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George Pickens scores an 86-yard touchdown on Mason Rudolph’s first pass attempt

George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Acrisure Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers fans weren’t sure what to expect from the offense in Week 16’s outing against the Cincinnati Bengals. Surely, anything they could have imagined didn’t

On Mason Rudolph’s first pass attempt of the game, in his first start since the 2021 season, he targeted wide receiver George Pickens on an in-breaking slant, which he took 86 yards down the field for a touchdown.

It’s been no secret that Pickens has been frustrated regarding the team’s production as of late, having come under fierce criticism this week after neglecting to block for Jaylen Warren on a run in the end zone. That sparked some scathing comments from Pickens about the media, followed by some excellent advice from Mike Tomlin about keeping his “damn mouth shut”.

In short, it’s been a rough few weeks for Pickens, both due to the Steelers' struggles and his own struggles in responding with maturity. Regardless, a career-long 86-yard touchdown is bound to cure some of those maladies.