The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain alone in the NFL’s Perfectionville after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to Washington.
The Steelers let a two-touchdown lead get away with Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicking two 45-yard field goals late in the fourth quarter to hand the host Steelers their first loss of the season, 23-17.
Hopkins gave Washington a 20-17 lead with 2 minutes 7 second left, and on the Steelers’ first play from scrimmage after the kick-off, Montez Sweat tipped a Ben Roethlisberger pass and Jon Bostic picked it off at the Pittsburgh 25.
Four plays later, Hopkins was called upon again, and he drilled another 45-yarder, securing the surprising victory and lifting Washington into a first-place tie with the New York Giants in the NFC East.
It was the third consecutive victory for Washington (5-7).
Pittsburgh (11-1) had led 14-0 in the first half and by the same scorer entering the fourth quarter but missed a chance to clinch a play-off spot.
The result leaves the legendary ’72 Dolphins, who went 14-0 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs, as the only team to win every game of a season from beginning to end in the league’s 101-year history.
Washington forged a 17-17 tie on Alex Smith’s 15-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Logan Thomas with 9:09 remaining.
Roethlisberger, who on Saturday was listed as questionable because of a knee injury, made touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and James Washington.
His only interception was the one in the final seconds.
Meanwhile quarterback Josh Allen finished one of the best games of his young career to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 34-24 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Allen threw for 375 yards and tied a career high with four touchdown passes as the Bills stayed in sole possession of first place in the AFC East with a thoroughly impressive victory.
“That’s our quarterback. He’s a baller,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. “I don’t know what answer you want me to say. It’s no surprise to us what he does every week. I’m happy he’s on our team.”
Buffalo (9-3) moved a step closer to winning their division for the first time since 1995 thanks to a nearly flawless performance from Allen. The 24-year-old completed 32 of 40 passes with no interceptions.
He threw touchdown passes to Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie and Gabriel Davis as the Bills built a 17-7 halftime lead and controlled the majority of the second half.