A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.
– Apparently, Matt Spaeth was “stunned” by his two drops in the end zone on the final two plays of the game. I’ll be honest — and JJ mentioned this on the podcast (LISTEN NOW) — if Spaeth hadn’t run in front of Manny Sanders on the penultimate play, there’s a good chance Sanders would have made the grab. On the final heave, there’s no way Spaeth brings that ball down inbounds, even if he catches it.
Unless he plays special teams (or left tackle on the safety), pretty sure Spaeth’s not the reason Pittsburgh lost. [Tribune-Review]
– As we’ve probably all heard by now, even with the loss the Steelers are in the playoffs. If they beat the Panthers and the Browns to close out the season, they’ll get the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. Which potentially means the healthy return of Troy, Aaron and Heath. [Behind the Steel Curtain]
– After the late-season collapse a year ago, I was convinced that Troy was the most important player on this team. I think we saw that Sunday. Also: Manny says he was held on that last drive (You think? … Although, to be fair, it’s not like we should expect the officials to know what they were doing. For one, it was Pete Morelli’s crew. Second, they gave the Steelers a first down following a Mendenhall nine-yard run with 10 to go.) [ESPN]
– With Steelers Lounge Podcast No. 26 now in the books, this only seems fitting: