STEELERS at REDSKINS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008 KICKOFF -- 8:30 P.M. POST-GAME NOTES
Pittsburgh 23, Washington 6
Monday, Nov. 3 • Landover, Md. (FedEx Field)
*Pittsburgh Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh improved to 6-2 on the year and 1-2 against NFC teams. The Steelers have won 14 of their past 18 games against NFC opponents.
• The Steelers improved to 32-43-1 all-time against the Redskins, including a 13-21-3 mark on the road in the series.
• The Steelers are 37-22 all-time on Monday Night Football, including a 14-17 mark on the road. The Steelers are 2-0 this year in such games and have won four straight on Monday night.
• Pittsburgh won its fourth straight game over the Redskins in the series history. It was the Steelers' first win in Washington since a 14-7 victory in 1964.
• After a failed onside kick attempt to start the game for Pittsburgh, Washington grabbed a 3-0 lead after a 44-yard field goal by K Shaun Suisham at the 12:57 mark of the first quarter.
• On the Steelers first possession,QB Ben Roethlisberger *threw an interception after a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage. The Redskins then added a second field goal by Suisham, this one from 43 yards, to make it 6-0 less than four minutes into the contest.
• Pittsburgh trimmed the lead to 6-3 with eight minutes remaining asK Jeff Reed remained perfect on the year as he booted a 35-yard field goal. He is now 11-for-11 on the year in FGs. The score was set up by a 43-yard pass interference earlier in the drive.
•LB Andre Frazier blocked a Redskins' punt deep in Washington's territory, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Roethlisberger with 32 seconds left in the half to make it 10-6. It was the first blocked punt by the Steelers sinceLB James Harrison blocked a Carolina Panthers' punt on Dec. 17, 2006. The touchdown run by Roethlisberger was his first of the season and the ninth of his career in the regular season.
• With backupQB Byron Leftwich filling in for the injured Roethlisberger (right shoulder), the Steelers marched 72 yards asRB Willie Parker scored from one yard out to make it 16-6 (missed Reed PAT). It was Parker's team-leading fourth rushing touchdown of the season. On the drive, Leftwich connected withWR Nate Washington for a 50-yard pass play.
•WR Santonio Holmes caught a five-yard pass from Leftwich in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 23-6. It was Holmes' second receiving touchdown of the season.
• The Steelers kept the Redskins off the scoreboard three times in the fourth quarter despite three separate trips to the red zone.
• Pittsburgh finished with 224 yards of total offense (64 rushing, 160 passing) while limiting the Redskins to just 221 yards of total offense (60 rushing, 161 passing).
• The Steelers had a season-high (tied) seven sacks, including two byLB LaMarr Woodley. In the past two road games, Pittsburgh has 14 sacks.
• Pittsburgh had two interceptions in the game, including one each byCB Deshea Townsend andS Tyrone Carter. Entering the game, Washington quarterbacks had not thrown an interception in 12 games. QB Jason Campbell's streak of 271 consecutive passes without an interception was broken with Townsend's interception.
• The Steelers were flagged four times for 41 yards while Washington was penalized five times for 78 yards.
• Pittsburgh finished with 15 first downs to the Redskins' 13.
•QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB),S Ryan Clark,CB Bryant McFadden,LB Keyaron Fox,DE Orpheus Roye,OL Tony Hills, *OT Marvel Smith *andLB Bruce Davis were inactive.
*Pittsburgh Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 5-for-17 for 50 yards with one interception before leaving at halftime with a right shoulder injury.
• Scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and the ninth of his career in the regular season. The Steelers are 9-0 in the regular season when he has a rushing touchdown.
• Improved to 45-18 (.714) as a starting quarterback, including a 14-4 mark against NFC teams.
• Improved to 10-4 as a starter in primetime games, including a 5-2 record on Monday Night Football.
QB Byron Leftwich
• Came in for the injured Roethlisberger to play the entire second half.
• Finished 7-for-10 with 129 yards passing with one touchdown and no interceptions (145.8 passer rating).
• Tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter.
RB Willie Parker
• Made his first appearance since Week 3 at Philadelphia and made his fourth start of the season.
• Finished with a game-high 70 yards rushing on 21 attempts (3.3 avg.) with one rushing touchdown.
• Scored from one yard out on the first drive of the second half to make it 16-6 (missed PAT). It marked his team-leading fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
RB Mewelde Moore
• Finished with three catches for a team-high 45 yards (15.0 avg.).
• Had a 25-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
• Returned three kickoffs for 60 yards (20.0 avg.).
WR Hines Ward
• Caught three passes for 39 yards (13.0 avg.), including a long of 14 yards.
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 154 consecutive games.
WR Santonio Holmes
• Had a five-yard touchdown reception from Leftwich in the fourth quarter, his second receiving touchdown of the season.
• Finished with three catches for 30 yards (10.0 avg.) with one touchdown.
• Had four punt returns for 30 yards (7.5 avg.), including a long of 17 yards.
WR Nate Washington
• Hauled in a 50-yard reception from backup QB Byron Leftwich on the first drive of the second half.
• Finished with two catches for 59 yards (29.5 avg.).
OT Max Starks
• Made his third consecutive start at LT in place of the injured Marvel Smith.
DE Nick Eason
• Posted a sack in the first quarter, giving him 1.5 on the year.
DE Aaron Smith
• Posted a two-yard sack in the fourth quarter, giving him 3.0 on the year.
LB Andre Frazier
• Blocked his first career punt late in the first half that set up a one-yard touchdown run by QB Ben Roethlisberger. It was the first punt block for the Steelers since LB James Harrison blocked a punt at Carolina on Dec. 17, 2006.
LB James Farrior
• Posted a half-sack early in the second quarter, giving him 2.0 sacks on the year.
• Finished with a game-high 13 tackles (12 solo) and three passes defensed, including a pass breakup in the end zone in the fourth quarter on fourth down.
LB James Harrison
• Posted a half-sack early in the second quarter.
• Had an 11-yard sack later in the quarter, giving him 10.0 sacks on the year.
• Finished with nine tackles (five solo) with four QB pressures.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Had a five-yard sack on the last play of the first half.
• Posted an eight-yard sack in the third quarter, giving him 9.5 sacks on the year.
• Finished with five tackles (three solo).
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Posted his fourth sack of the season with a 14-yard sack in the fourth quarter.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo).
S Tyrone Carter
• Made his first start of the season in place of the injured S Ryan Clark.
• Posted his first interception of the season and returned it 14 yards in the fourth quarter.
CB Deshea Townsend
• Picked off a Jason Campbell pass in the third quarter, marking his first interception of the season and the 19th of his career. It was the first time Campbell had thrown an interception in 272 previous passing attempts, which is the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. It also marked the first interception by a Redskins' quarterback in 379 passes, a span of 12 games.