The Pittsburgh Steelers undefeated season came to an end Monday night, as they fell to the Washington Football Team 23-17.
Coming off a short week Pittsburgh was banged up, but they still started off the game well. After a scoreless first quarter, the Steelers jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Ben Roethlisberger connected Diontae Johnson in the endzone for the first score, and hit James Washington for the second.
After those two touchdowns, it was downhill for the Steelers. The Football Team’s defense stepped up, forcing a Steelers punt near the end of the first half to give Washington one more chance to get points before halftime.
Alex Smith was able to lead Washington into field goal range with eight seconds left. There was then a bit of confusion on the field and the Football Team was able to get a last second field goal off to head into halftime only trailing by 11.
In the second half, the Steelers offense completely shut down. Drops and poor play calling prevented Pittsburgh from sustaining many drives. The second half seemed like a repeat of the Steelers last game versus the Ravens.
On the other side of the ball, after an injury to inside linebacker and defensive signal caller Robert Spillane, the Steelers defense began to show cracks. Alex Smith led multiple scoring drives through dump off passes to J.D. McKissic which helped Washington methodically march down the field.
Washington’s two touchdowns were scored by Peyton Barber from one yard out, and a quick pass to Logan Thomas who beat a few Steeler defenders on the way to the endzone. Both these touchdowns were the result of long drives by the Washington Football Team.
The Football Team was then able to add one more field goal to take the lead with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. The Steelers offense immediately gabe the ball right back though, as Roethlisberger’s first pass of the drive was tipped at the line of scrimmage and was intercepted by former Steeler Jon Bostic.
Washington hit one more field goal before giving the ball back to the Steelers, but there was not enough time for Pittsburgh to mount a comeback.
The Steelers fall to 11-1 and will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills on Sunday Night Football.