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AFC playoff picture: Bengals win AFC North
After Sunday’s game, the Steelers have only one path to the playoffs, and that’s not likely. But Pittsburgh fans will not stop believing.
The first step for the Steelers will be to win Monday night against the Cleveland Browns in what will likely be Ben Roethlisberger’s last home game. Roethlisberger made it clear earlier this week in the press release that – as things stand at the moment – it looks like it will be his last time playing at Heinz Field.
“I never speak firmly or guarantees. It’s just not what I’ve ever done or who I am,” Roethlisberger said. be it.”
After Week 17’s Sunday games, it looks more and more likely that the Steelers will not make it to the playoffs. There’s only one way left for Pittsburgh.
How can the Steelers still reach the playoffs?
With the Raiders and Chargers winning Sunday, the Steelers are now unable to surpass them. This is because Vegas is playing Los Angeles next week. The winner of that game is guaranteed one playoff spot while the other is out.
The Colts are currently in sixth seed with 9-7. The Steelers’ best hope is that Indianapolis loses in Week 18 to the humble Jacksonville Jaguars, who for the second year in a row are queuing for the No. 1 overall draft pick. Jags would be wise to lose that game – though we would not call it intentional refueling – as it would be a faster path to a rebuild.
If the Jags perform a miracle and the Steelers win their next two games against the Browns and Baltimore Ravens, then Pittsburgh can make it to the playoffs and give Big Ben another chance for the postseason.
If those events do not go exactly as described, Week 18 in Baltimore will be Roethlisberger’s last NFL game.