(Washington Redskins halfback Rob Goode (21) bangs his head and shoulder on the snow-covered Griffith Stadium turf with his feet in the air in the first quarter of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 16, 1951. The Steelers won the game 20-10 [AP photo])
The Redskins have played the Steelers on 76 occasions in the regular season and the postseason combined, beginning in 1933. Washington on Sunday is looking to snap a four-game losing streak to Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have played in Pittsburgh since their inaugural season in 1933, when they were known as the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Steelers’ Heinz Field is located about five miles from UPMC Sports Performance Complex, the team’s practice facility and headquarters.
The Redskins won the first-ever matchup between the two teams, 21-6, on Oct. 4, 1933, in Pittsburgh, when the Redskins were playing as the Boston Redskins. In their first matchup with the Redskins playing in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, 1937, the Redskins won 34-20 at Griffith Stadium. Later that season, the Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears in the NFL Championship game.
The Redskins lost their first game against the Steelers at Heinz Field, 16-7, on Nov. 28, 2004. The Redskins never led in the game, as Pittsburgh benefited from three short Jeff Reed field goals (33, 36 and 32 yards, respectively). Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey completed 19-of-34 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown, a third-quarter 2-yard completion to tight end Chris Cooley, who caught seven passes in the game.
The defense was led by Marcus Washington, who had two sacks. The Steelers’ defense, meanwhile, sacked Ramsey five times, including two each from Clark Haggans and Joey Porter. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed just 9-of-20 passes for 131 yards, while running back Jerome Bettis ran 31 times for 100 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins on Sunday are looking to snap a three-game road losing streak to the Steelers. Washington’s last win in the series at Pittsburgh was Nov. 17, 1991; a 41-14 thrashing at Three Rivers Stadium.
The last matchup between the two teams saw a 23-6 Steelers win on Nov. 3, 2008, at FedExField. The Redskins led 6-0 after the first quarter via two Shaun Suisham field goals before the Steelers scored 23 unanswered points to win the game. Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell completed 24-of-43 passes for 206 yards and was intercepted twice, while Cooley caught eight passes for 78 yards.
The Redskins’ defense sacked Roethlisberger and quarterback Byron Leftwich five times, highlighted by 2.5 sacks by Demetric Evans. Leftwich completed 7-of-10 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in relief of Roethlisberger, who completed 5-of-17 passes for 50 yards and an interception.
The Redskins are 42-31-3 all-time in combined regular-season and postseason games vs. the Steelers.
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