The Pittsburgh Steelers’ streak of opening touchdown drives didn’t extend through the preseason, unfortunately, going three and out after electing to receive the opening kickoff. Pickett started things off with a six-yard completion to WR George Pickens, but losses on back-to-back plays to follow didn’t hold up.
Among the two plays to follow were a jet sweep for second-year receiver Calvin Austin III, and a 10-yard sack to Pickett that forced a punt from Pressley Harvin III for 34 yards.
In response, the 49ers marched down the field, showing off their yards after the catch ability, punctuating the drive with a wide-open eight-yard touchdown pass from Brock Purdy to WR Brandon Aiyuk.
Just like he did last year, Brock Purdy made his first drive look easy. A TD pass to Brandon Aiyuk, who the 49ers are pumped about.pic.twitter.com/p97rkh865X— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 10, 2023
The Steelers are probably going to wish they had that opening kickoff drive back...