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WATCH: Steelers' George Pickens makes incredible one-handed catch

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George Pickens did his finest Odell Beckham Jr. impersonation. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver made a one-handed catch on Thursday Night Football similar to the iconic grab OBJ made while with the New York Giants in 2015. Beckham Jr. himself reacted to the catch on social media, tweeting "THIS CATCH IS FILTHY."

With Pickens on a go-route, Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky lofted a ball towards the sideline. Pickens laid out to make a full-extension, one-handed catch, securing the ball against his chest as he fell to the ground.

The 36-yard reception put the Steelers in the red zone, ultimately setting up a five-yard touchdown run by Najee Harris to tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter.

Pickens, who the Steelers drafted in the second round of the 2022 draft out of Georgia, entered Thursday's game with two receptions for 26 yards. He exceed that total with one catch that will be the first of many highlight-reel grabs in his career. 

Here are a few different camera angle of the catch...

And for those who subscribe to the philosophy of "life imitates art," well, Twitter had you covered, too. 

The NFL tweeted photos of the catches by Pickens and Beckham Jr. with a poll asking, "Who did it better?"

 

As of 10 a.m. ET Friday morning, Pickens trailed Beckham Jr. in voting -- a 57.1% tilt toward the veteran over the rookie who had captured 42.9% of the 76,300 votes.

Not too shabby for a WR playing in his first primetime contest.