When the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Football Team squared off in Week 13 at Heinz Field, there was a lot on the line for both teams. The Steelers would clinch a playoff spot with a win, and Washington would need a victory to keep pace with the surging New York Giants in the NFC East.
Would the Steelers stay perfect, and atop the AFC? Or would Washington pull off the upset and turn their two-game winning streak into three?
With Washington winning the opening coin toss and deferring their possession to the second half, it was Ben Roethlisberger and company on the field to start the game. After a three and out Jordan Berry was called on for early duty in the football game.
Washington’s first possession started with a pass for a first down, but the drive didn’t go any further and Washington punted the ball right back give Roethlisberger his second possession of the game.
The Steelers’ second possession was the same as their first, and a three and out gave Alex Smith his next chance to put the first points on the board. What looked like a defensive stop turned into a questionable roughing the punter call which extended the Washington drive. However, the Pittsburgh defense stood tall and was able to get the ball back to their offense without surrendering points.
While the Steelers’ offense did get their first first down of the game, the drive stalled and gave the ball back to Washington with 2:49 left in the first quarter. The drive was brief, and the Steelers had the ball to end the first quarter.