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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 26, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

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🏈 Joy Taylor of FS1 thinks people need to relax and give Mike Tomlin a pass for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ struggles. If the Steelers end up having a losing season this year, it will be Tomlin’s first in 17 years as Pittsburgh’s head coach.

Tone Digs pointed out on the Pat McAfee Show that the Pittsburgh Pirates have the same amount of playoff wins (3) as the Steelers in the last ten years.

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The Steelers are the most fined team in the league through 13 weeks. Pittsburgh has received 25 fines this season.

Ben Roethlisberger was at Pitt’s women’s volleyball Elite Eight game against Louisville on Saturday night. Pitt reversed a sweep and beat Louisville, 3-2, to advance to the semifinals. The Panthers will face Nebraska in the Final Four. Roethlisberger was also at Pitt’s game against USC last Saturday.


🎥 Saturday marked the 16th anniversary of the Anthony Smith guarantee game against the New England Patriots. Smith, the former safety for the Steelers, guaranteed in an interview during the week that Pittsburgh would beat the undefeated Patriots. New England went on to destroy the Steelers, 34-13, and they specifically targeted Smith on a number of big plays. Tom Brady completed 32 of 46 passes (69.5%) for 399 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 125.2.

Brady beat Smith on two of his four touchdown passes, a 63-yarder to Randy Moss and a 56-yarder to Jabar Gaffney. Bill Belichick said after the game, “We’ve played against a lot better safetys than him.”

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, born on December 10, 1992 in Tampa Bay, Florida. Chickillo was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round out of Miami in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played five seasons in Pittsburgh, mostly as a special teams contributor. Chickillo recorded 7.5 sacks, 11 tackles for losses, 15 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three passes defended in Pittsburgh.



Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins needed a late goal to avoid being shut out by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington says the team will increase its payroll in 2024.

Pittsburgh Sports Now: Blake Hinson powered Pitt basketball to a blowout win over WVU in the Backyard Brawl.

West Virginia Sports Now: It wasn’t all bad news for WVU basketball, as the Mountaineers got forward Akok Akok back from injury.

Nittany Sports Now: Former Penn State defensive end PJ Mustipher has signed with the New Orleans Saints.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now: The Pittsburgh soccer summit is set for Jan. 20 at The Meadows.