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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Las Vegas Raiders 10

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After playing from behind for the entire game, the Pittsburgh Steelers made the necessary plays when it mattered most to pick up the 13-10 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday night.

The Steelers' come-from-behind victory improves their record to 7-8 and keeps them in the race for an AFC wild-card berth while Raiders' loss moves them to 6-9.

Offensive spotlight: Neither offense impressed Saturday night, but Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow was a notable performer, totaling. four catches from seven targets for 42 yards, three first downs and a touchdown. He also forced two missed tackles after the catch to round out his positive outing.

Defensive spotlight: Steelers interior defender Cameron Heyward was arguably the best player on the field Saturday night, as he put together an extremely impressive performance in the victory against the Raiders. Heyward totaled five pressures — two of which were sacks — en route to a 23.3% pass rush win percentage on the evening. Against the run, Heyward finished with three tackles and two run stops (both of which resulted in tackles for loss). Heyward's well-rounded performance helped fuel Pittsburgh's strong defensive showing that kept the team in the game all evening.

Rookie spotlight: Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett‘ finished 26-of-39 for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception while dealing with two drops by his pass-catchers. He generated a big-time throw while also avoiding a turnover-worthy play on PFF's initial review. Pickett's 5.3-yard average depth of target needs to improve if this Steelers' offense hopes to show any sort of consistency in the future. Nonetheless, Pickett made the plays when it mattered most, leading the Steelers to a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.

Offensive line spotlight: The Steelers offensive line did an excellent job slowing Maxx Crosby and company Saturday evening, as it yielded only six pressures while avoiding any sacks across 38 pass-blocking snaps. Guard Kevin Dotson was particularly impressive, as he didn't lose a single snap in pass protection.

On the other hand, Raiders guard Dylan Parham had a particularly tough day, allowing six total pressures, including three sacks, across 32 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Derek Carr 9.36 16 / 30 174 5.8 1 3
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Kenny Pickett 13.66 26 / 39 244 6.3 1 1
Rushing
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Derek Carr 9.36 3 14 4.7 0 9
Josh Jacobs 6 15 44 2.9 0 11
Brandon Bolden 0 1 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Najee Harris 15.5 16 53 3.3 0 14
Kenny Pickett 13.66 3 9 3 0 6
Jaylen Warren 4 6 23 3.8 0 13
Connor Heyward 2.1 1 21 21 0 21
Derek Watt 0 1 0 0 0 0
Receiving
Las Vegas Raiders
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
Hunter Renfrow 14.2 7 4 42 10.5 1
Darren Waller 9.8 5 4 58 14.5 0
Josh Jacobs 6 1 1 6 6 0
Ameer Abdullah 4.7 2 2 27 13.5 0
Foster Moreau 3.9 3 2 19 9.5 0
Davante Adams 3.5 9 2 15 7.5 0
Mack Hollins 1.7 2 1 7 7 0
Keelan Cole 0 1 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPR TD
George Pickens 16.7 5 5 57 11.4 1
Najee Harris 15.5 9 6 42 7 0
Pat Freiermuth 13.6 8 7 66 9.4 0
Diontae Johnson 11.4 7 5 64 12.8 0
Jaylen Warren 4 2 1 7 7 0
Connor Heyward 2.1 3 0 0 0 0
Steven Sims 1.7 1 1 7 7 0
Zach Gentry 1.1 1 1 1 1 0

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