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Wake Up Washington 12/9: Building Off A Season-Defining Win

The Washington Football Team celebrates after handing the Pittsburgh Steelers their first loss on Dec. 7, 2020. (Alex Mowrey/NFL)

A morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Football Team on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020.

All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Football Team.

Check out photos of the Washington Football Team during its Week13 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photos courtesy of Courtney Rivera/Washington Football Team, Alex Mowrey/NFL and Jake Kander/NFL)

-- The Washington Post's Thomas Boswell writes that Ron Rivera and Alex Smith never quit. Now their team won't, either.

-- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier also writes about the lesson Ron Rivera wanted to team his young team the day after a big win.

-- The Washington Post's Scott Allen gives four takeaways from Washington upsetting the Steelers.

-- The Washington Post's Scott Allen also highlights the good and the bad from Washington's win.

-- ESPN's John Keim also writes about Washington defeating the Steelers at Heinz Field.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey looks at how Graham Gano impacted Washington's decision to stick with Hopkins.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes that Ron Rivera only freaked out about Alex Smith's bloody leg momentarily.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux also recaps Rivera's comments about how WFT handles success will show culture change.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Ryan Homler ponders if Washington the team no one wants to see in the playoffs.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Kevin Brown writes about Brian Mitchell has a message for all the Chase Young doubters.

-- NBC Sports Washington's Pete Hailey looks at how Washington's supporting cast put on a show against the Steelers.

-- The Athletic's Ben Standig reports on Washington finding some momentum against the Steelers. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Ben Standig also writes that Scott Turner's tweaks, Terry McLaurin's presence were unseen keys to WFT's win. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker writes about Washington staying in the NFC East race with historic win over the Steelers. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Rhiannon Walker also delves into the story behind James Smith-Williams' cause for My Cause, My Cleats. (Subscription)

-- The Athletic's Mark Bullock highlights how Logan Thomas contributed key plays in Washington's win over the Steelers. (Subscription)

-- The Washington Times' Andy Kostka writes about Washington's defense continues dominant run of disrupting quarterbacks.

-- The Richmond Times Dispatch's Michael Philips writes about how Alex Smith's "bloody sock drive" helped fuel Washington's comeback. (Subscription)

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