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Terrible Towel Tales: Mike Tomlin has to answer for loss to Patriots

Steelers news and commentary Friday, December 8

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/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…

Steelers have made the worst kind of NFL history | Mike Florio, NBC Sports

On Sunday morning, the Steelers were 7-4. They had a pair of home games only four days apart against teams that entered the contests with identical records of 2-10.

And the Steelers lost both games.

As mentioned on the Amazon postgame show, the Steelers became the first team in league history with a record above .500 to lose consecutive games to teams at least eight games below .500. While the opportunities for such an accomplishment undoubtedly don’t pop up very often, the Steelers found a way to pull it off.

Steelers long snapper Christian Kuntz reacts to controversial penalty in loss to Patriots | Bernd Buchmasser, Pats Pulpit

However, on a 4th-and-3 long snapper Christian Kuntz was penalized for an apparent false start — a flag that was quite controversial after it appeared Patriots linebacker Jahlani Tavai had moved first. Both teams’ reactions pointed that way as well.

However, the referees saw the play differently.

“I thought it was a first down for us,” Kuntz said after the game, via Chris Adamski of “That’s when I looked up [when] he jumped offsides, I looked up and thought it was a first down for us.”

Mike Tomlin has to answer for Steelers’ horrendous performance in loss to Patriots | Frank Scwab, Yahoo Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t fire head coaches. It’s not their way. They haven’t fired a coach since 1968.

Mike Tomlin maybe should be thankful for that.

Tomlin has had a great career, but the past five days for the Steelers have been a fiasco. Somehow, the Steelers lost home games to the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots. Those teams are 4-20 against the rest of the NFL this season.