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Steelers suffer their second loss under Ben Roethlisberger when leading by 14 points or more

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

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The Steelers suffered their first loss of the season on Monday to the Washington Football Team, falling 23-17. The Steelers got out to a 14-0 lead and gave up a field goal right before halftime. Things were seemingly going well with a 14-3 lead at the half, albeit the offense was inconsistent. The defense was dominating though and Washington was 0 of 8 on third down.

Washington came out of the half with an impressive 14-play, 82-yard drive that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber to cut the Steelers lead to 14-10. The game started to turn from there on out. The Steelers got a field goal early in the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 17-10, but Washington took over after that with 13 unanswered points to upset the Steelers. Washington outscored the Steelers 20-3 in the second half.

It was the Steelers' second loss when leading by 14-plus points at any point including playoff games, since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Info. They had been 109-1-1 in that situation entering play. The other loss came against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13 in 2018. The Steelers led 23-7 at halftime and ended up losing 33-30. The Steelers are now 78-2-1 at Heinz Field when they've had a 14-plus point lead in a game.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Washington also became the first team in NFL history to win a game in which it trailed by 10 or more points at halftime, against an undefeated opponent with 10 or more wins.

Washington had a 4-7 (.364) record before knocking off the 11-0 Steelers. That's the lowest win percentage by a team to defeat an opponent that entered 11-0 or better in NFL history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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