Pittsburgh, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Ben Roethlisberger tossed three touchdown passes as the Pittsburgh Steelers remained perfect at home with a 27-12 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday at Heinz Field.
The veteran Roethlisberger completed 24 of 33 throws for 222 yards and threw a touchdown in each of the first three quarters to carry the Steelers (4-3) to their second consecutive victory.
“A good win for us today. I tip my hat to a lot of the guys, contributions, and so forth from players and coaches and the administrative staff. They did a nice job,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
Roethlisberger, who earned a quarterback rating of 121, completely outplayed rookie playmaker Robert Griffin III, who finished 16-for-34 for 177 yards and one touchdown for a measly rating of 72.8 as the Redskins (3-5) tasted their second straight defeat.
The Steelers defense also did a great job on limiting Griffin to three rushing yards and 58 passing yards in the first half.
Running back Jonathan Dwyer finished with 107 yards on 17 carries while Mike Wallace tallied 62 receiving yards on seven catches for the Steelers.
In the first quarter, Roethlisberger engineered a 12-play, 76-yard attack that he capped with a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Leonard Pope for a 7-0 lead.
After the defense forced the Redskins to punt after just three plays, the veteran playmaker then spearheaded a five-play, 52-yard drive that ended with a 48-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.
Griffin connected with a two-yard touchdown heave to Santana Moss to open the second quarter but Roethlisberger issued a seven-yard scoring pass to tight end Heath Miller. Suisham also buried a 27-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 20-6 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Redskins kicker Kai Forbath booted a 48-yard field goal. The Steelers responded with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that led to Roethlisberger’s two-yard touchdown pass to fullback Will Johnson for a 27-9 advantage.
Forbath scored on a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the final tally.