Ron Rivera’s 1-word description of Washington’s win over Steelers
Following the impressive victory, Rivera kept it simple when sharing how the win over the Steelers felt:
“Euphoria,” Rivera said, via Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA TODAY Sports. “These guys deserve it. We’ve been down for such a long time, and we’re trying to rebuild ourselves and build up. This is something we can build off of.”
Coming into Monday night’s contest, fans and media pundits alike all assumed that the Steelers would take care of business at Heinz Field. However, Washington had other plans, overcoming a 14-0 deficit to defeat Pittsburgh on the road.
It was Alex Smith who willed the offense throughout the game by making efficient passes, and most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over. On the other hand, the defense did as good of a job as any team has this season in containing the quick passing attack of the Steelers.
With nearly two minutes remaining, Ben Roethlisberger had a chance to lead the Steelers down the field for a game-winning drive. But Montez Sweat deflected Big Ben pass that landed in the arms of Jon Bostic to seal the victory.
When Rivera accepted the job in Washington, he realized that the turnaround wasn’t going to happen overnight. Though, after winning three games in a row and putting themselves in a position to possibly win the NFC East, the turnaround in the nation’s capital may be happening sooner rather than later.
Washington is now 5-7 on the season after its poor start, tying them up with the first-place New York Giants in the division. The Giants have the tiebreaker over Washington, but it’s going to be a fight to the finish.