Mike Shanahan's group had some good moments, but ultimately had an afternoon filled with close misses and costly errors.
As Kevin Ewoldt points out at Hogs Haven, even the little things went wrong:
I can't explain how frustrating it is to see an extra point get blocked, and then on the Steelers' next TD, the Redskins don't even try to rush.
The Redskins couldn't seem to make a play when they needed to, dropping a season-high 10 passes on the day. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris played well once again, but ultimately couldn't find a way to beat the tough Pittsburgh defense very often.
Washington struggled throughout with penalties and third down conversions. The Redskins were flagged seven times for 55 yards and were 3-of-12 on third down.
Defensively, the unit that has been so stingy against the run all year was taken to the cleaners by Jonathan Dwyer and company for over five yards per carry. Ben Roethlisberger also had his way with the Washington secondary, throwing for 222 yards and a trio of scores.