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Terrible Towel Tales: Cam Heyward sees beauty in ugly wins

Steelers news and commentary for Tuesday, November 14

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Steelers S Minkah Fitzpatrick tears into DC Teryl Austin over final play call | Curt Popejoy, Steelers Wire

The final seconds of the Pittsburgh Steelers thrilling win over the Green Bay Packers was filled with drama. Some of that drama wasn’t on the field. We already talked about the near-brawl that started after safety Damontae Kazee’s game-winning interception. However, even before that, there was a blowup between Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

You can see from the video below that Fitzpatrick was not happy with Austin’s play call on that final play and wasn’t shy about letting him know. You then see head coach Mike Tomlin stroll over and say something to Austin that seemed to bring things back to Earth.

In embracing ‘ugliness,’ Steelers have found an unlikely way to keep winning | Jarrett Bell, USA Today

Beauty is surely in the eye of the beholder when it comes to Mike Tomlin’s team. The Pittsburgh Steelers sweated out another tight one on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium, sealing a win with a goal-line interception on the game’s final play and making no apologies in the process.

It was the fourth victory this season that Pittsburgh (6-3) has achieved with a turnover at the end.

Yes, the Steelers have become quite the Drama Kings.

“Is it pretty? No. Not always,” Cam Heyward, the veteran defensive end, told the reporters gathered at his locker after the 23-19 win against the Green Bay Packers. “But in the ugliness of it, there’s a lot of beauty.”

The Steelers Stink! They Might Be A Playoff Team! | Dan McQuade, Defector

With quarterback stats like Pickett’s, it is obvious that the defense is what’s keeping Pittsburgh in games. That defense gave up 30 points in each of those two blowout losses, but they’re seventh in DVOA overall. But it’s not like the Steelers were wonderful defensively yesterday. The Packers, who are also bad, went 8-for-16 on third down and converted on both fourth-down attempts. They gained 399 total yards. But Pittsburgh kept them out of the end zone after the first quarter, and that plus those late picks was enough to get the win.