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Terrible Towel Tales: Steelers’ playoff position can improve even with a loss

Steelers news and commentary Saturday, December 30

NFL: DEC 23 Bengals at Steelers Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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…

How the Steelers can move up to the No. 7 seed – by losing | Asher Fair, Still Curtain

The first thing that is looked at in a multi-way Wild Card tiebreaker is divisions. The Steelers swept the Bengals, and the Colts beat the Texans head-to-head. It would not matter if the Denver Broncos move to 8-8 with a win over the Los Angeles Chargers, as the Raiders would still own the head-to-head tiebreaker in the AFC West.

That effectively creates a tiebreaker situation involving only the Steelers, Colts, and Raiders. The Steelers beat the Raiders, who would have beaten the Colts, who beat the Steelers. So that doesn’t help decide anything. All three would then have 6-5 AFC records, so that doesn’t help decide anything either.

The decisive factor would be strength of victory, which the Steelers comfortably control over both the Colts and the Raiders.

Steelers Looking For Encore From Mason Rudolph To Bolster Playoff Push | John Perrotto, Forbes

The 34 points were the Steelers’ season-high and most since a 37-point performance against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11 of the 2021 season.

Pickett has missed the last three games. Mitch Trubisky started twice before coach Mike Tomlin turned to Rudolph last week.

“He did a really good job of being comfortable, being himself, communicating with people, regardless of moments,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Rudolph during his weekly news conference this week. “I thought that showed the confidence that he has in himself, and also thought that he remained aggressive throughout.”

Steelers’ Patrick Peterson Considering Position Change | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers moves Patrick Peterson from cornerback to safety while they tried to deal with a number of injuries and a suspension at the position. And after just one game, the All-Pro defender believes it’s a move that could stick.

Peterson started at safety for the first time this season, recording an interception in the team’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He’ll likely stay there in Week 17 against the Seattle Seahawks with Minkah Fitzpatrick dealing with a knee injury and Damontae Kazee suspended for the remainder of the regular season.