Watch: Harris goes airborne for Steelers’ longest TD run of the season
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In Week 11 of the 2022 NFL regular season, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Cincinnati Bengals in a tough back-and-forth battle in the AFC North. While the Steelers were a rollercoaster on both sides of the ball, they did find rhythm, at times, to keep things interesting.
Although running back Najee Harris gave extra effort, becoming the lone running back after Jaylen Warren left with a hamstring injury, the Bengals defensive front was extremely stingy in allowing him much in the way of yardage.
As the first quarter wound down and the second began, quarterback Kenny Pickett leaned on Harris to help the Steelers execute a touchdown drive that was comprised of eight plays that started with a Steven Sims kickoff return of 37 yards.
On third-and-three at the Cincinnati 33-yard line, Pickett took off on a 14 yard scamper and got out of bounds to get the Steelers into the redzone.
After an incomplete pass to tight end Pat Freiermuth, Pickett handed the ball off to Harris on a misdirection play; Harris took the ball around the left end and went airborne, hurdling the Bengals defender to land in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown.
The offensive line did some of its best blocking of the game on the play, creating a wedge that gave Harris plenty of room to run. While Harris is known to hurdle defenders, he hasn’t always had the success doing so as he did on this touchdown run that tied the score, 10-10.
In what many would consider “garbage time,” Harris earned a second rushing touchdown in the final seconds of the game by leaping over the middle of the pile.
Harris finished the game with 90 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught four receptions for 26 yards in the 37-30 loss.