Washington hands Pittsburgh its first loss

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer undefeated. And the Washington Football Team is in playoff contention.

In a game that the Steelers dominated for the first half but the Football Team took over in the second, Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made two late field goals and the Football Team won 23-17.

The loss drops the Steelers to 11-1 on the season, and the 1972 Dolphins can pop their champagne. The Football Team improves to 5-7.

The Steelers are now tied with the Chiefs in the race for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, and the Football Team is tied with the Giants in the NFC East.

The game saw Alex Smith throw a lot of short, safe passes, and his favorite receivers were Logan Thomas and J.D. McKissic. Smith isn’t playing spectacularly, but he’s playing good, solid football, two years after a horrific leg injury that could have ended his career.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger also didn’t hit many big plays downfield, and he didn’t get any help from the running game, which was a complete non-factor against a good Washington defensive line.

The Steelers are still Super Bowl contenders, but their dreams of 16-0 have come to an end, and their path to the Super Bowl gets more precarious if they can’t edge out Kansas City for home-field advantage. Washington is, realistically, not a Super Bowl contender. But the Football Team is absolutely in contention in the NFC East, and Ron Rivera’s team is playing tough football down the stretch.

100 responses to “Washington hands Pittsburgh its first loss

  1. Steelers aren’t as good as their record. Yins Steeler fans are in for some disappointment!

  2. Anybody who watched the Steelers play this year knows that they were one of the weakest 11-0 teams in history. Washington just proved that.

  3. Hahaha There will be no perfect season Pittsburgh, and there will be no trip to the Superbowl either. This team is soft.

  4. It’s weird cheering for Dan Synder teams cause I can’t stand Dan Synder (for obvious reasons) but its hard to not root for Alex Smith who is the ultimate professional.

  5. Imagine having a .680 winning pct with 4 different coaches in the past 10 season, getting traded twice, having a 90+ QB rating, 60+ comp %, almost dying, then coming back to take just one snap. Then after all, you go 3-1 and your first 4 games and then people still calling you a game manager! Alex Smith is the most underrated QB on the past decade. Great win for Washington!

  6. The Washington Football team has some dogs on the Defensive line. Giants vs Football Team could turn out to be very interesting.

  7. Eric Ebron has Randy Moss’ attitude with a thimble of his talent. Absolutely no hustle or drive to get out of bounds on that last play. Not at all surprised after his whiny comments this week.
    Pittsburgh should cut him, he’s not a Steeler. And I don’t even like the Steelers.

  8. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs and Steelers both lose another
    And end up 14-2. The crazy thing will be the tie breaker for the bye

  9. The Steelers were the worst 11-0 team ever going into this game and are the worst 11-1 team EVER coming out. SB contenders?! Only if everyone else goes down with Covid. Even then they couldn’t run for 1 yard. Please, fire the OC, the RB coach and the OL coach. They’re a disgrace.

  10. Super Bowl? If the Steelers had Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris, then we could talk Super Bowl.

  11. Steelers have been winning games thanks to bias refs who help Little Ben drive down the field. The moment officials let the teams play, he throws a pick in the end zone. Hahahaha. Great game!

  12. Sadly, There aren’t many members of that ’72 Dolphins team to pop any corks..

  13. I’m a lifelong Steeler fan, and I say they deserved to lose. Washington is not a bad team, they have a very good defense. However, some of the Steelers players think the game is won before it’s played, and that doesn’t cut it in the NFL. There isn’t that much difference between the best and the worst teams at this level. As the saying goes, “Any given Sunday.” More dropped passes today, no run blocking, and terrible play calling = a Loss. They are one and done in the playoffs if they done straighten it out. A good first step would be a social media ban starting tonight. IMO

  14. Pressures off now. History proves that going unbeaten too deep into the season puts too much pressure on to stay unbeaten. Tomlin will adjust to having that out of the way.

  15. As much as I thoroughly enjoyed beating the cowboys but to beat a 11-0 team on the road???
    This has got to be one of Washington’s top ten regular season wins since 1933…I’m gonna sleep good tonight!!!

  16. Football Team was well prepared with 10 days to get ready. Steelers have some issues and only had 5 days to prepare. And it showed in the 2nd Half. Perfect recipe. Still the Steelers hold the tie break over the Chiefs.

  17. The loss is done, now the Steelers can get back to work and focus on getting the playoff bye …

  18. … Cheers to Don Shula and the ’72 Dolphins!!!
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    Yes the mighty ’72 Dolphins … Combined opponents record: 70-122-4 (0.367 winning percentage). They played only two teams above .500 all season, and both of them only 8-6. Nobody in their schedule made the playoffs.

  19. Didn’t taste as good as Thanksgiving turkey after plucking the Cowboys but still something to savior. Very good win for a team that finally has some promise. In Ron we trust!

  20. I told the guys leaving work today the WFT would win this game. They looked at me like i was crazy. Said it was Pittsburgh. Yeah i know the same team the ravens played twice and should have beaten. Washington is just like the ravens. Decent d a good run game.

  21. Love to see this and the salty tears of Steelers fans. Worst 11-0 team in history, exposed big time.

  22. Suddenly, the Steelers receivers have developed the dropsies. They can’t hold onto anything.
    But — here’s what I know:
    The Steelers lost their first game tonight.
    The Chiefs lost to the Raiders.
    The Ravens have lost 5 games this year.
    The Tians were blown out by the Colts.
    The Packers beat the Saints.
    The Bucs whipped the Packers.
    The Bucs lost to New Orleans 38 to 3.
    New Orleans lost to the Raiders and Packers.
    The Rams have lost 4 times this year.
    The Colts have lost 4 times this year.

    Am I making myself clear? The point is, in this NFL, any team can win and any team can lose in each and every game.
    It’s why the playoffs will be crazier than usual. I expect to see upsets and I expect to see blow outs. It’s just the norm for the NFL now.
    And — don’t count the Steelers out, either. They are still a very balanced team.
    The thing I do not want to see is a Covid Champion, meaning that the team which wins wins because everyone else has good players out with Covid.

  23. steelchampions says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm
    The Steelers were the worst 11-0 team ever going into this game and are the worst 11-1 team EVER coming out. SB contenders?! Only if everyone else goes down with Covid. Even then they couldn’t run for 1 yard. Please, fire the OC, the RB coach and the OL coach. They’re a disgrace.
    ___________

    Calm down. Fair-weather fans are quick to criticize this team without considering the fact that the NFL did this team no favors, schedule-wise. The Steelers had 4 days to prepare for a game against a motivated physical and rested team in brutal weather after playing a bruising rivalry game against the Ravens. They simply ran out of gas. Despite this NFL scheduling malpractice, Tomlin will have these guys recharged and ready for upcoming challenges against the Bills, Colts and Browns.

  24. The Redskins played the best game they possibly could. It’s nice to see the Redskins beat this team for the first time since like 1991.

  25. enoughofthatalready says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    Football Team was well prepared with 10 days to get ready. Steelers have some issues and only had 5 days to prepare. And it showed in the 2nd Half. Perfect recipe. Still the Steelers hold the tie break over the Chiefs.
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    And so the crying and excuse making begins. Sunday to Thursday is 4 days so quit your whining. Steelers issues are looking beyond their next opponent and play at the level of their competition.

  26. Heck of a win by the WFT. Im a Giants fan and this Washington win obviously hurts us. One of those two teams is winning the NFC East and neither one of them is going to be an easy out. Its amazing what happens when you have a legit defense.

  27. I’m an Eagles fan and I kinda enjoyed seeing Pittsburgh lose to Washington. Makes the division not look like such a horrific mess as much? Eagles will win out with Hurts.

  28. Hats of to Alex Smith. I hope he takes WFT to the NFC East Title. And FOX had no right to compare Ben to Alex Smith in the comeback player of the year talk. Sure Ben is 38 and had an injury that has ended careers. But Alex Smith almost lost his leg and his entire family went through an ordeal. No question Alex Smith was comeback player of the year before even taking a snap.

  29. WFT should let the guy who does their halftime adjustments do their game plan too. Imagine if they could score in the first half.

  30. KC didn’t look good last night, Pitt didn’t tonight, NFC East with 2 big wins…

    Any given Sunday (Or Monday, or Wednesday, or Thursday…)

  31. Randy Fichtner got lucky against Dallas and got lucky the first Baltimore game with his Pathetic pass happy play calling. 16 Runs he got a W, 18 Runs another W. 14 Runs a BIG L. Teams are 9-49-1 this yr when rushing less then 20 times. Washington barely got to 21 attempts. There are so many playcallers both Head Coaches, and actual Offensive Coordinators who are just horrible at it. Of the teams that have more then 40 pass plays a game. Only The Steelers, Chiefs and Bucs have winning records. The Rest of the list Bengals, Chargers, Eagles, Bears, Falcons, and Jags. The Steelers and Bucs are also on the list for least running plays. Steelers at 24.9 runs a game. Bucs at 23.1 Randy Fichtner needs more balance in his offense. He has been the OC for 44 games
    avg of 39.9 pass plays a game to 23.6 run plays. 62.8% pass.
    9-6-1 with Roethlisberger 67.4% pass No playoff appearance
    8-8 last yr with Ben 2 games.
    11-1 now this yr. You play the Steelers like you would play a team coached by Mike Leach.
    Rush 4 and tackle. With Leach teams are Rushing 3 and dropping 8.
    When you have the Likes of Dallas with the Lead with Garrett Gilbert at QB your in Trouble. The NFC East has barely won a game outside of the division.

  32. Skoliosis Sufferer says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Eric Ebron has Randy Moss’ attitude with a thimble of his talent. Absolutely no hustle or drive to get out of bounds on that last play. Not at all surprised after his whiny comments this week.
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    There is a reason he is on a different team every year.

  33. hello3987 says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:36 pm
    The Washington Football team has some dogs on the Defensive line. Giants vs Football Team could turn out to be very interesting.
    _________________

    Unless both teams make the playoffs, Giants don’t play Football Team until next year. The Giants swept the season series this year.

  34. I am 100% for Randy Fichtner being fired for rushing less then 20 times for the 3rd time this yr. Though the team is 2-1 in those games. The league as a whole 9-49-1. with 5 more idiot teams doing it this week and losing. Fichtner is coaching like he is Mike Leach!!!!!!!!!

  35. NFCBeast Eagles have Zero Chance to win out since they have Doug Pederson running the team and calling the plays. If Hurts starts he will give up on the run like he has done all season. Up 17-0 on this Washington Football team and lost week 1. Eagles 0-4 when rushing less then 20 times. Eagles are a mess period.

  36. People acting like the Steelers aren’t a good team because they lost a game. Only one team in NFL history hasn’t lost a game in a season. And they weren’t even close to the best team ever!

    After the Steelers get dragged all over the schedule because the league office didn’t want to hurt the Ravens’ feelings, now the Ravens get an extra day of rest while the Steelers finally wheeze out.

    Kudos to WFT for a never-say-die season. And showing those quitters on the Cowboys, who’ve hung their QB out to dry, what effort looks like.

  37. I’m about as far from a steeler fan as there is. They may not be undefeated level, but that’s a good team. Fascinating year. No great teams. Even KC has it’s warts. Get in the playoffs and it’s wide open.

  38. Yes the mighty ’72 Dolphins … Combined opponents record: 70-122-4 (0.367 winning percentage). They played only two teams above .500 all season, and both of them only 8-6. Nobody in their schedule made the playoffs.
    ——————

    Yeah, nobody except all the teams that they played against and defeated in the playoffs…..on the road.

  39. I’m a devout Steeler fan who’s still around from when they played their home games at Forbes Field. Some fans of the Black & Gold seem to think that this loss will take the weight off their back and that now they’ll be able to get their mojo back. I wish this was the case. They have problems that they may not be able to fix, including the run game. Also, lately their receivers–who have been compared to Lynn Swann and John Stallworth from the glory days–seem not to be able to even catch a cold in a Pittsburgh winter, let alone a short third-down pass from Ben. Their defense has been hanging in there, but three LB’s have gone down, including tonight (no excuses) and that mojo may just have to wait until next year. With the Bills, Colts and Browns still on the schedule, I’m just being a realist. Oh yes . . . and a possible date with Mahomes too! Merry Christmas everyone.

  40. A lot of teams that struggled early are starting to get hot, and a lot of teams that looks like they were headed to the SB are headed south.

  41. I am a WFT fan and love the win. Yet much of what Coach Tomlin was upset about last week in his teams win over the Ravens was still evident in the Washington loss. Big Ben looked half asleep and uninterested in playing most of the time tonight. It looked as if they did not take this game and team seriously tonight. Yes the Coach should be very upset. While Ron Rivera should be proud. Eleven other teams tried and failed to beat Pittsburgh. His team did. Great job. The WFT future looks bright.

  42. Typical Steelers. Play down to the level of your opponent. They have a habit of laying an egg against terrible teams. It wouldn’t surprise me if they lose to the Bengals. The Jets probably wish they could play the Steelers.

  43. Hate to say it but the Chiefs will wax Pittsburgh.
    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Seriously, is there any team the Chiefs won’t wax? (No, I’m not a Chiefs’ fan.)

  44. Wait, what? Steeler fans are complaining about having 5 days to prepare? Then how do they survive when they have a Sunday then Thursday game? The looked crap against the Ravens practice team with 10 days off. And worse today.

  45. I have no dog in either race, but this is probably the best story of the NFL season, by far. Alex Smith is a man worthy of incredible amounts of respect. He’s the definition of “never give up”.

  46. Steelers can’t stop the run. Can’t run the ball. Have no heart. No impact in the postseason.

  47. What the Patriots accomplished in 2007 during the regular season was so much more impressive than that nominally perfect season of 1972.

    If we’re scientific or discerning about it, it’s obvious. The Dolphins played a 14 game regular season and beat only 2 teams who finished with records greater than .500 — and those two teams were 8-6.

    In 2007 the Patriots, although criticized heavily for playing in a division with 3 teams with records well below .500, played a very competitive schedule outside their division.

    1. They beat the 8-0 Peyton-Manning-led Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis (coming back from a 20-10 deficit with 4 minutes left to play).
    2. They beat the plsyoff-bound 4-0 Dallas Cowboys in Dallas by 3 TDs.
    3. They beat the eventual SB champion NY Giants in New York in the final game of the regular season, when the Giants were in the middle of a hot streak.
    4. They beat the playoff bound Joe Gibbs-led Washington Redskins 52-7.
    5. They beat the playoff bound San Diego Chargers 38-14.
    6. They beat the playoff bound Pittsburgh Steelers by 21 points after the Steelers safety guaranteed a victory.
    7. Three teams on their sked were bloodthirsty and wanted revenge against the Patriots. The Eagles for losing the Super Bowl to the Patriots. The LaDainlian Tomlinson-led Chargers for losing to the Patriots in last year’s postseason after going 14-2 and securing their first ever #1 seed. The Rex Ryan led defense of the Ravens dedicated their game against the Patriots to former Miami alum and recently murdered Shawn Springs.

    The 72 Dolphins cannot compare to the competitive drama of the Patriots 2007 seaaon.

  48. On behalf of Chiefs fans, I say,”Thank you to Alex Smith and the Washington Redsk… Football Team.”

  49. dejc421 says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    … Cheers to Don Shula and the ’72 Dolphins!!!
    —————–
    Yes the mighty ’72 Dolphins … Combined opponents record: 70-122-4 (0.367 winning percentage). They played only two teams above .500 all season, and both of them only 8-6. Nobody in their schedule made the playoffs.

    124 56 Rate This

    Weakest excuse in the book!
    They still had to win 2 playoff games on the road and the Super Bowl! They also played most of the year with a backup QB.

  50. i’m so glad someone else noticed tj watt lining up in the neutral zone ON EVERY FREAKING PLAY. call it in to the league so they can keep an eye on it. also…i can’t stand the steelers but they’re not overrated…you just need the right matchup to knock them down. i’m very interested to see how the browns respond because if they take care of business vs the ravens next week…they could POTENTIALLY go into the last week of the season playing for the division – which would be absolutely amazing

  51. dejc421 says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    … Cheers to Don Shula and the ’72 Dolphins!!!
    —————–
    Yes the mighty ’72 Dolphins … Combined opponents record: 70-122-4 (0.367 winning percentage). They played only two teams above .500 all season, and both of them only 8-6. Nobody in their schedule made the playoffs.

    Washington’s winning perecentage was 0.364 going into the game, so what’s your point?
    They did beat the mighty Steelers in Pittsburgh in a playoff game….just saying.

  52. After all of the jokes about the NFC East, now the Giants and Washington are both 1 game out of the wildcard. Two could make the playoffs. Looks like nobody’s laughing anymore. NFC East punching in the mouth down the stretch.

  53. Its really fascinating how some fans come out to gloat while others complain, while yet others bring up irrelevant teams from past eras and crow on that. Just enjoy that there are games (for now) and the entertainment continues…..

  54. blknyellow says:
    December 7, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Calm down. Fair-weather fans are quick to criticize this team without considering the fact that the NFL did this team no favors, schedule-wise. The Steelers had 4 days to prepare for a game against a motivated physical and rested team in brutal weather after playing a bruising rivalry game against the Ravens. They simply ran out of gas. Despite this NFL scheduling malpractice, Tomlin will have these guys recharged and ready for upcoming challenges against the Bills, Colts and Browns.

    Really? Are you trying to say the poor Steelers are the only team that has played 3 games in 11 days? You better look that up because it happens a couple times a season nearly every year. Two teams did last year.

  55. The Patriots are playing Thursday against the Rams on 4 days rest. Should we feel sorry for them? No,because they aren’t the only team that’s had to play the 4:00 Sunday game followed by a Thursday game. They are also on the other side of the country. There’s no excuses. You just hope for the best outcome.

  56. That was an awesome game to watch after the half. The Washington FB Team never quit. How can they give Comeback of the Year award to anyone but Alex Smith? What a gritty performance by him and the rest of the team.

  57. dejc421 says:
    December 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    … Cheers to Don Shula and the ’72 Dolphins!!!
    —————————————————

    We can debate all day whether the ’07 Patriots were more impressive than the ’72 Dolphins (the Patriots won more games, so to me it’s a bigger accomplishment), but I’ve always felt the shots of ’72 Dolphins players busting open champagne when the final undefeated team lost were tasteless and classless.

    Be proud of your accomplishment, but actively rooting for teams to lose so that your oh-so-precious accomplishment can remain “special” just speaks to an awful attitude. Show some class and respect. It’s childish and embarrassing.

  58. While I do think the 07 Patriots deserve mention as being among the all-time best teams, you have to stop that last Giants TD drive at the end of the game to be considered THE all-time best. Were they better than the 72 Dolphins? No, maybe as good, maybe, but not better. Somebody HAD to make a play to win that game and nobody did. For all of Belichick’s genius, his late-game SB defenses have been average at best.

    As for the Steelers, I really haven’t watched them much, but can we finally say Big Ben is not the same guy he once was? And that this will likely derail any chance for a title? How do you blow a 14 point halftime lead at home against a 4-7 team that, sure, has a pretty good D, but lost to the Giants twice? Yes, the Giants are better than they were early in the year, but, please… Tomlin called out his team after the second Ravens game and this is the result? Wow… Something is seriously wrong in Steeltown…

  59. Don’t need the pressure of going un-defeated. Goal, is to win it all. They’re fine. An anomaly weekend across the league.

  60. “While I do think the 07 Patriots deserve mention as being among the all-time best teams, you have to stop that last Giants TD drive at the end of the game to be considered THE all-time best. ”

    Richard Seymour had Eli Manning sacked until Shaun O’Hara grabbed him from behind by the larynx and pulled him away. He’s admitted as such.

    If the officials don’t want to call flagrant holding on the biggest play of the game, I don’t know how that’s the Patriots’ fault. It was clear the NFL didn’t want the Patriots to win and replace the Dolphins as the best team ever. The entire season was a pissing contest between Goodell and Belichick.

    And NFL culture just pretends that Eli used some kind of magic to avoid being sacked. It’s weird. It’s not like the Giants were being subtle on that play.

  61. “72 Dolphins and 07 patriots sigh of relief”

    Honestly, Patriots fans would be glad to see anybody knock the Dolphins off that perch. There have been many better teams than the ’72 Dolphins who just didn’t happen to finish undefeated. The ’85 Bears would have crushed them. As would the ’91 Redskins, the ’03 or ’04 Patriots, the ’06 Colts, several 49ers and Cowboys teams, etc.

  62. Wow! Lots of Steeler haters here… and that’s bad considering the contributions the Rooney’s made to NFL football.

    Steelers are not playing good football right now but that will change as they get closer to the playoffs. Not particularly fond of the OC – he’s predictive and lacks creativity. Can only hope Tomlin sees this!

    Lots of weapons on offense and Ben is playing well despite some questionable throws… he’s a riverboat gambler. Stillers in dire need of a playmaker at RB.

  63. tinindian says:
    December 8, 2020 at 9:25 am
    blknyellow says:
    December 7, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Calm down. Fair-weather fans are quick to criticize this team without considering the fact that the NFL did this team no favors, schedule-wise. The Steelers had 4 days to prepare for a game against a motivated physical and rested team in brutal weather after playing a bruising rivalry game against the Ravens. They simply ran out of gas. Despite this NFL scheduling malpractice, Tomlin will have these guys recharged and ready for upcoming challenges against the Bills, Colts and Browns.

    Really? Are you trying to say the poor Steelers are the only team that has played 3 games in 11 days? You better look that up because it happens a couple times a season nearly every year. Two teams did last year.

    How many did it playing at 5PM (after getting jerked around for days not knowing when they would play and ending up playing a Wednesday at 3:40PM…) against a team that had 13 days to get ready? With no bye earlier in the season (and yes, by the time the league gave them their “bye” week, they had already spent it practicing and getting ready for the Titans, so no bye week)? It’s not quite the same as a playing a regular Sunday, Sunday, Thursday night is it? All that being said, they played poorly again and have some significant problems to address (inability to run, drops and having their only effective offensive strategy pretty much figured out now along with some suspect play-calling decisions) to be a legitimate contender.

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