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Terrible Towel Tales: Mason Rudolph has the Steelers feeling brand new

Steelers news and commentary Monday, January 1st

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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…

Kaboly: Mason Rudolph is driving force behind Steelers’ improbable turnaround | Mark Kaboly, The Athletic

What Mason Rudolph has accomplished in two games is something that not even the most avid Steelers fan could have dreamed up. He has galvanized a team that seemed to be rusting from the inside out.

Two weeks ago, this group seemed like a lost cause. Now, it looks brand new, like the best-looking car on the block.

Steelers Playoff Hopes Come Down to Three Teams | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

Heading into Week 18, the Steelers’ playoff hopes will come down to three games. They’ll need a win over the Baltimore Ravens and either the Jaguars to lose to the Tennesee Titans or the Buffalo Bills to lose to the Miami Dolphins.

Pittsburgh can also claim a spot with a win over the Ravens and a tie between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

Steelers’ rejuvenated offense keeps them in playoff picture | Brooke Pryor, ESPN

Cradling the football in the crook of his left arm, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris extended his right arm as Seattle cornerback Riq Woolen closed in early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-23 win against the Seattle Seahawks.

Harris pushed him away, but Woolen kept coming. That’s when Harris reached out again, this time firmly planting his right hand on Woolen and shoving him into the ground.