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Steelers 27, Redskins 12

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PITTSBURGH -- Robert Griffin III might be the freshly anointed one, but Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers showed the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback what an elite performance looks like.

Roethlisberger was an efficient 24 of 33 for 222 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Dwyer carried 17 times for 107 yards, and Pittsburgh's defense stymied Griffin to win 27-12 at Heinz Field.

Griffin came into the game with the NFL community buzzing about his performance through the first seven weeks. But the Steelers shut down his ability to run (six carries, eight yards) while also eliminating rookie running Alfred Morris (13 carries, 49 yards). With no running game to lean on, Griffin tried to carry Washington with his arm. He completed 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards, and he was victimized by 10 clear drops by Washington receivers.

Meanwhile, Roethlisberger put on a show in the first half. The Steelers scored on their first four possessions as Pittsburgh took a 20-6 halftime lead. Roethlisberger was 6 of 7 on the Steelers' opening drive, and his 1-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Pope on fourth down gave Pittsburgh an early 7-0 lead.

Griffin ran just three plays before Roethlisberger led the Steelers to a 48-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham for a 10-0 lead entering the second quarter.

Washington got on the board on their own fourth down conversion inside the red zone. Griffin threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, but the extra point was blocked and kept the score 10-6. Washington's defense had little answer for the Steelers' patient, efficient offense, though.

Pittsburgh rode a 10-play, 73-yard drive to its next touchdown, as Roethlisberger found Heath Miller for a 7-yard strike to make it 17-6. Suisham added a 27-yard field goal just before halftime to make it 20-6 at the break.

The second half wasn't much more productive for the Redskins. Kai Forbath's 48-yard field goal cut the deficit to 20-9 with 11:52 left in the third quarter, but the Steelers chewed up 80 yards and 6:39 off the clock on 11 plays before Will Johnson hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to make it 27-9. Forbath added another field goal early in the fourth quarter, and Washington had a chance to make it a one-possession game.

Griffin connected with Moss to convert a fourth-and-four with 7:56 left, and the Redskins slowly worked their way down to the Steelers' 17-yard line. Washington couldn't get any closer, as three Griffin incompletions sandwiched a short pass to Leonard Hankerson went seven yards in reverse.

Dwyer and the Steelers (4-3) ran out the clock from there to ice the game and drop the Redskins to 3-5.

Notes: Washington tight end Chris Cooley played in his first NFL game since October 16, 2011. Cooley's 2011 season was cut short by injuries and he was released prior to the start of this season. Washington re-signed him Monday after they lost Fred Davis for the year. ... Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller's touchdown pass with the 37th of his career, tying him with Elibe Nickel for the most by a Steelers tight end in team history. ... Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct towards an official after getting into the face of an official in the fourth quarter. ... Steelers safety Ryan Clark left the game in the third quarter with a concussion and did not return.
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