Steelers want to rebound against Panthers

The storyline
The Panthers' grip on the first overall pick should not be in peril this week. The Steelers could go ahead and rest Troy Polamalu another week. They won't need him here.

Why you should watch
Pittsburgh is on the cusp of securing a first-round bye. It is the last Thursday night game of the year, don't miss it.

Did you know?
Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson has a sack in five consecutive games. ... Carolina's Jonathan Stewart has 460 rushing yards in his last four games. ... The Steelers are 6-1 at home against NFC opponents under Mike Tomlin. ... Pittsburgh has given up the fewest points in the league.

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