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Steelers Playoff Hopes Still Very Much Alive Thanks To Ravens & Bengals Also Losing Sunday


The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a humiliating 34-24 home loss on Sunday to the San Diego Chargers, but their playoff hopes remain very much alive despite the loss thanks to losses by both the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals in the early Sunday games.

The Ravens lost 31-28 in overtime to the Washington Redskins after having a 28-20 lead with just under five minutes left in regulation. The loss drops the Ravens to 9-4 on the season with three games remaining against the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and the Bengals to close out the season.

The Bengals lost Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, who the Steelers will face next week, on a last second field goal by Dan Bailey from 40 yards out. The loss drops the Bengals to 7-6 on the season and they must now go on the road next week to play the Philadelphia Eagles before traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in what is shaping up to be a winner-take-all game. The Bengals close out their season at home against the Ravens as previously mentioned.

Should the Steelers win out they will at worst be one of the two AFC Wild Card teams and there still is an outside chance that they can win the division should the Ravens lose out.

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  • steeltown

    Awful game. Let me say, I am just fed up with those dumb wide receiver bubble screens! Lateral passes on the goal line, really?!?

  • zyzak

    Alive for what? This team can’t get out of its own way. Beating the Ravens is easy these days, just ask RG3

  • Reader783

    They focused the game plan to protect Ben too much. I mean, I just don’t see how Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Miller, Cotchery and Burress could not get open at all. It’s not like there was no protection, it had to be the routes. The gameplan was bad today in my opinion.

  • Reader783

    Just make the playoffs and figure it out on the way.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Good googlie-mooglie, what did I just witness…!! There went 3hrs of my life that I’ll never get back.

  • SG

    It boils down to this, win the next two and they’re in regardless of what else the Bengals and Jets do as they will hold both tiebreakers against them.

  • JT

    Nope. Once 3 teams get in a tie, head to head goes out the window.

  • JT

    I didn’t see them trying to protect Ben. He was running for his life all day. What happened to the dink and dunk? No way he should have been holding the ball so long.

  • SG

    Yes, because the Bengals and Steelers are in the same division. Bengals would have lost twice the Steelers which would eliminate them. And then the Steelers would beat out the Jets because they also defeated them. Like I said, win the next two and they’re in.

  • Reader783

    What I’m saying is that the play calling seemed to be too focused on quick routes that the Chargers were taking away. I was saying that I don’t see how the three speedsters we have couldn’t create separation downfield, other than the fact that they were not running downfield crossing patterns, but slants across the middle. Granted, Weddle did play very well.

  • Reader783

    If the Steelers beat the Bengals, they make it with a win against either the Cowboys or Browns. SG is right.

  • JT

    Mis-remembered the rule. Looked it up again. My bad.

    Just looking to be pissed off right now.

  • JT

    The Chargers were playing up most of the game. Ben didn’t have time to sit back and wait for separation. I agree that bad routes were called, I just don’t agree they were coddling Ben.

  • Reader783

    Yeah no, you were right, but the tiebreaker goes in our favor. What they do is if there is a three way tie and two of the teams are from the same division, then they take the better of the two in terms of their division standing, which would be the Steelers if they beat the Bengals. Then step #2 is head-to-head/sweep, which we would hold over the Jets and Bengals anyway.

  • Reader783

    Not so much coddling as much as designed a gameplan that was supposed to help him get it out quicker, but in reality was easier to cover and made him hold on longer. Hope you see what I’m saying

  • SG

    True, they could still make it if they lose to the Boys. But I’d rather they do it sooner. Otherwise the Browns would do anything to win that last game. Plus, the Steelers this year against losing teams have been ugly.

  • JT

    Yeah I forgot the Bengals being in the North makes things more complicated…or in this situation favorable.

  • JT

    I get your point now. They knew they wanted the quick pass, took it away, and Haley never adjusted. Thus Ben getting crushed.

  • JT

    I’m also very proud of Ben sticking up for Wallace. Mike needed that, and Ben needs to be that kind of leader. I’m also proud of Wallace for rebounding from the difficult drop (would’ve been a hell of a fingertip grab if he got it, but he could have made the play and I acknowledge that). If he was the diva he’s been made out to be, he would have disappeared after he got it from the fans. I’m glad he stuck with it and kept playing.

  • Reader783

    You’re right, but there are alot of ifs at that point.

  • Reader783

    Right, so I assume. I don’t see any other reason our offense could have stuttered so badly

  • SG

    Yeah, they need to concentrate on winning one game at this point.

  • Mike Carroll

    PLAYOFFS?!?! PLAYOFFS?!?!? Don’t talk to me about playoffs. PLAYOFFS?!?!

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist this joke (sort of) on a day the Steelers looked absolutely awful. Right now, it certainly doesn’t like it will matter much even if they get in. But I suppose Giants fans felt the same way when they lost for the second time to 5-11 Redskins late last year.

  • Dan

    Also if we go into the Bengals game with the same record, we can lose to the Bengals and still make the playoffs so long as in week 17 the Ravens beat the Bengals and we beat the Browns. We get the nod over Cincy by virtue of splitting head-to-head and then having a better division record. But if it comes to that I don’t expect the Ravens to do us any favors (unless they lose to both Denver and the Giants and need the win themselves), and frankly if we lose to Cincy, I’m not sure we deserve a playoff berth.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Yep each time we lose I too wanna reply like Jim Mora.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    This team does not seem capable of beating Cryboys or Bungles. Im hopin for miracle, even tho we know what will eventually happen in Denver again if get in playoffs.

  • Reader783

    You’re right Dan, but also wrong. We would also need the Jets to lose at least one game and we would need the Chargers to lose at least one game, and they both have cupcake schedules to end it, so let’s not put ourselves in that position.

  • Dan

    Ah, you know I hadn’t even considered the possibility that either the Jets or the Chargers could win out (I guess this isn’t exactly the week we can smack talk the Chargers). So where I said as long as we go into the Bengals game with the same record, it actually become more important to win next week in Dallas so that we would end up at 9-7 and not 8-8, to ensure we aren’t bumped by the Jets who could be 9-7 if they win out (but we have a head-to-head victory over), or by the Chargers who will be 8-8 if they win out and have a head-to-head victory over us. But like I said, I would really want to go in at 10-6 with a three game winning streak to feel like we deserved to be there.

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