As the teams head to halftime, the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Washington Redskins 20-6 in early Sunday afternoon action.Ben Roethlisberger hit tight end Leonard Pope for a one-yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0. After a quick three-and-out by the Redskins on their opening drive, the Steelers quickly moved into scoring range. This five-play 42-yard drive was capped off by a Shaun Suisham 48-yard field goal extending the score to 10-0 midways through the first quarter.
The Redskins bounced back from their first drive and came through with a solid drive of their own. Led by quarterback Robert Griffin III, the team manufactured a 13-play 80-yard drive taking over six minutes off the clock. Like the Steelers, the score took until fourth-and-goal, where Griffin connected with Santana Moss for a two-yard score (extra point blocked) making the score 10-6.
The Steelers offense got the ball back and again drove the field against the Redskins. This time it was a 10-play, 74-yard drive that was capped off by a Roethlisberger to tight end Heath Miller touchdown pass to take the score to 17-6 in the second quarter. The score was Millers’ sixth receiving touchdown of the season. With the team out in front, the defense again stepped up and stopped the Redskins offense. After a horrid 12-yard punt, the Steelers took advantage of the good field position and extended the score to 20-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. The score came on Suishams’ second field goal, this one a 27-yarder as the drive stalled in the Red Zone.
Offensively, this was one of the best performances the Steelers have put forth in a half in 2012. To accomplish this, the Steelers again got a strong performance from their running game, with Jonathan Dwyer leading the way with 61-yards on seven carries. This running game set up play action, and Roethlisberger took advantage completing 16-of-23 passes for 173-yards and two touchdowns.
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