Pittsburgh Steelers Fortunate to Still Be in Playoff Hunt

By Clyde A. Speller
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After a huge victory over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back under center, many thought that the Pittsburgh Steelers were on their way to a strong finish for the latter part of the regular season. Well, everyone except the San Diego Chargers thought that.

This past Sunday, the Steelers suffered their second home defeat of the season to the Chargers by the score of 34-24. In spite of the disappointing loss, Pittsburgh’s playoff hopes are still alive.

Thanks to the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals losing this week as well, the Steelers are still holding on to the final playoff spot in the AFC. Not only are they currently playoff-bound, they are also still in position to win the AFC North title.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the Ravens have a two-game lead over the Steelers and the Bengals in the division. If somehow, Baltimore and Cincinnati continue their losing ways, and Pittsburgh finds some momentum, the Steelers could be division champions for the first time since 2010.

The chances of Pittsburgh finishing strong are in their favor. Two of their final three games are at home, but more importantly, those two home games are against division rivals. Winning those two games against the Bengals and the Cleveland Browns will definitely help the Steelers’ chances of getting into the playoffs, especially since the Bengals are right on their heels for that last slot in the AFC with an identical overall record of 7-6.

Regardless of offseason holdouts, a season full of injuries, inconsistencies on both sides of the ball, and disappointing losses, the Steelers should get on their knees and thank the football gods for still having a chance to be a part of the postseason this late in the year.

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