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Smith Put Up 296 Yards as the Washington Football Team Narrowly Defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17

The Washington Football Team narrowly defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling victory of 23-17, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. For the win, Alex Smith threw for 296 yards, and one touchdown. The Football Team also relied on a rushing game that produced 45 yards and one rushing touchdown.

Smith finished the game with one touchdown, completing 31 of 46 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 296 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 92.30.

The ground game for the Football Team saw Peyton Barber carrying the football 14 times, and Antonio Gibson helping with rushing the ball two times. The two rushers produced 23 yards and 14 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Football Team had Smith tossing the football to Cam Sims and Steven Sims Jr. as his most productive targets. Sims caught five passes for a net gain of 92 yards. The secondary target (Sims Jr.) caught four passes for a net contribution of 17 yards.

On the defensive side of the football, the Football Team produced no forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, zero sacks and zero defensive touchdowns.

For the losing team, Ben Roethlisberger finished the game completing 33 of 53 passes to lead the way for the Steelers. This performance by Roethlisberger led to a QB rating of 82.70, and game stats of 305 yards, one interception and two touchdowns.

The rushing game for the Steelers was led by Anthony McFarland and Benny Snell Jr.. For the game, McFarland rushed for 15 yards from carrying the football four times. Meanwhile Snell Jr. carried the ball 8 times for a total of five yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Steelers included James Washington and Diontae Johnson. Washington caught two passes for a total of 80 yards, while Johnson contributed with 71 yards from eight passes.

In their loss, the Steelers defense contributed with one forced fumble and two tackles to go along with three sacks and no defensive touchdowns. This production from the Steelers defense was not enough help get a win.

The Football Team walked away from the game with an improved seasonal record of 5-7. The Steelers on the other hand, dropped to 11-1 for the season.