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Steelers-Redskins highs and lows

October 29, 2012
By Buck Frank ( , The Altoona Mirror

PITTSBURGH - The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 27-12 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Heinz Field:

Play of the game: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger faked as if he was going to run up the middle and then stopped and found tight end Heath Miller in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard score in the second quarter to boost Pittsburgh's lead to 17-6.

Offensive player of the game: Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries. It was his second straight 100-yard game.

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Jonathan Dwyer rushed for over 100 yards for the Steelers.
Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich

Defensive player of the game: Steelers linebacker Larry Foote registered six tackles, including a sack.

Most telling statistic: Washington dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III rushed for just 8 yards on six carries.

Hidden statistic: Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has lost to just one rookie quarterback since 2004.

Best pass: On the touchdown pass to Miller, Roethlisberger looked like Griffin III.

Worst pass: A Roethlisberger second-quarter pass hit umpire Darrell Jenkins.

Best run: Dwyer broke off a 34-yard gain in the first quarter, running through Washington's Reed Doughty in the process.

Best catch: Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown nabbed a high pass across the middle for an 18-yard pickup in the second quarter.

Dropped passes: Redskins receivers dropped at least six of Griffin III's passes. The biggest was by Leonard Hankerson, who would have caught a 22-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Steelers receivers dropped three.

Best block: Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood blocked Kai Forbath's extra point attempt in the second quarter.

Missed block: Washington running back Evan Royster was beaten by Foote for a fourth-quarter sack of Griffin III.

Best tackle: Early in the game, Foote and Brett Keisel combined to stop Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris for a 3-yard loss on third-and-1.

Best hit: Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark whacked Griffin III when he was downfield as a receiver in the second quarter. The pass from receiver Josh Morgan was an incompletion, and Griffin III was penalized for interfering with defender Ike Taylor.

Missed tackle: Redskins safety Madieu Williams failed to wrap up Dwyer on a 10-yard run in the third quarter.

Best coverage: The Steelers' Keenan Lewis is starting to show signs of being a solid cornerback. He broke up two passes in the end zone and knocked the ball away from Morgan in the second quarter.

Best kick: Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham banged a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Worst kick: Washington's Sav Rocca shanked a 12-yard punt in the second quarter.

Best return: The Redskins' Brandon Banks took back a punt 27 yards to the Pittsburgh 42-yard line late in the third quarter.

Best decision(s): Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley called a few gems - a fake bubble screen pass to Miller, a fake to Dwyer on fourth and goal at the 1-yard line and a direct snap to Chris Rainey that went for 19 yards.

Worst decision: The Steelers chose to wear their ugly 1934 throwback jerseys.

Costliest penalty: The Steelers' Curtis Brown was flagged for a block in the back of Washington's Niles Paul, wiping out a 78-yard Antonio Brown punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Best effort: Roethlisberger was near flawless, completing 24-of-33 passes for 222 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Unsung hero: LeBeau's defensive game plan worked well.

Worst moment: Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall went off on head linesman Dana Mckenzie and was ejected late in the game.

Replays: An official review rightly overturned a Lewis interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter because the ball hit the ground.

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