Tomlin Looks Ahead To Panthers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It is a bittersweet Monday for the Pittsburgh Steelers after losing 22-17 to the New York Jets Sunday afternoon.

Despite the loss, the Steelers have clinched a playoff berth, but they have their sights set on a first-round bye.

They won’t have much time to dwell on what could have been against the Jets, as they will play host to the Carolina Panthers Thursday night.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said that the Panthers are young on offense, but their younger bodies will give them the advantage on a short week.

Carolina is led by running back Jonathan Stewart, who has rushed for 668 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Jimmy Clausen has taken over the quarterback duties and has thrown for 1,304 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games.

As for the injuries the Steelers are dealing with, there may be some good news coming.

Aaron Smith is being fitted for a shoulder brace, but there is no word on when he may return to the lineup.

Troy Polamalu could still miss the remainder of the regular season with an Achilles injury. He was to undergo a medical examination Monday.

Tomlin was not happy with how the Steelers qualified for the playoffs.

“It’s kind of like we crawled in on our bellies, but we have two weeks to make that all seem irrelevant,” Tomlin said.

You can watch Thursday’s game on KDKA-TV. Coverage will start at 7 p.m. with the McDonald’s Steelers Kickoff.

  • Scott

    A draw play from your own 2 yard line!?!?! What were thinking Tomlin?? At least give the ball to your best back!!!! I’m sorry bu a slow deloping run play from your own endzone was a foolish call.

    • Howard Kissel

      Coach Tomlin needs o be replaced. His lack of control over , his his playersj , he never protests when the officials make their bad calls makes him in my mind to timid for the head coaching job. He should fgo and take his offensuve coach with him.

  • Russ

    Our offense will never achieve its’ maximum potential until ARIANS is fired. He is a jerk that needs to go. As for Lebeau, how bright was that defense that let Sanchez score an end around touchdown untouched. That shows how dumb some players and coaches are that we have. This years team is just going through the motions with little to no spirit and desire. Soon the Steelers will become like the Pirates are. As for Ben, he is a far cry from the Ben of 2005. By the way, is Casey Hampton still on our team??????

  • Quad

    where is our offense? i dont understand how they can run a two minuite offense at end of game but cannot do a consistent drive from the beginning of the game. Where is the offense? they need to open up the play book and let ben throw the ball… The way they are playing now, we have no shot in beating patriots in AFC..We are relying too much on our defense to get the job done.

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