Emotional Kenny Pickett says Steelers felt like Franco Harris helped will them to last minute win

‘It felt like he was with us tonight’: Emotional Kenny Pickett says Steelers felt like Franco Harris helped will them to last minute 13-10 comeback victory against Las Vegas Raiders

The Pittsburgh Steelers honored Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris throughout the night on Christmas Eve when they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 13-10.

It started off before the game when the Steelers roster and coaching staff all elected to wear Harris’s jersey to the game, continued with the retiring of his number 32 which had been planned prior to his passing, and then again when quarterback Kenny Pickett credited him with helping the team pull off a comeback victory in the final minutes. 

‘It’s incredibly special night. Obviously dedicated this game to Franco,’ said Pickett after the game.

Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball during the first quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders

‘You know we all wore his jersey in tonight and felt like he was with us tonight. And definitely on that last drive you saw Najee [Harris] making some plays, so it’s really special.’

Pickett refers to when Harris made several important plays on the late drive that would give Pittsburgh the lead, including turning a short pass into a 19-yard gain.

The drive would eventually end with Pickett hitting fellow rookie George Pickens with a 14-yard touchdown pass that left only 46 seconds on the clock.

Najee Harris carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders En route to comeback victory

Najee Harris carries the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders En route to comeback victory

George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown with 46 seconds left

George Pickens #14 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scores a touchdown with 46 seconds left

The Steelers halftime ceremony however left fans upset due to the fact the TV coverage went to commercial just before showing the Steelers tribute package to Harris that was played throughout the stadium.

One fan said on Twitter: ‘WAAAITTTT…. no no no no no,’ wrote one fan. ‘Why is NFL Network cutting to break during the Franco Harris tribute in-stadium??’

‘Another viewer was more upset, writing: ‘Absolutely pathetic job by NFL Network, going to commercial during Franco Harris tribute.’

A different fan said: ‘Shame on you for not letting us see the Franco Harris video. 

‘Cutting away to commercials was absolutely disrespectful to Franco and the Pittsburgh family. I am not a Pittsburgh fan, but truly wanted to see the tribute video. Where the hell is your holiday spirit?’

It seemed to be universally agreed amongst fans that it was a distasteful move to show the commercials at such a sensitive time.

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, left, Franco Harris' wife Dana, center, and son Dok attend a ceremony to retire Harris's 32 jersey number at half-time of

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, left, Franco Harris’ wife Dana, center, and son Dok attend a ceremony to retire Harris’s 32 jersey number at half-time of

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