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.