Thanks to their Sunday night win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to keep their faint playoff hopes alive for at least another week. With that being said, they need several things to go their way over the course of the final two weeks of the season and that includes them winning their final two games.
For starters, the Baltimore Ravens must lose two of their three final games. They play Monday night against the Detroit Lions and then close out the season against the New England Patriots and the Bengals. Any combination of two or more loses should do the trick as far as they’re concerned.
The San Diego Chargers must also lose at least one of their final two games against either the Oakland Raiders or the Kansas City Chiefs.
As far as the Miami Dolphins go, the Steelers need for them to not only lose both of their remaining games against the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, they also need the Jets to finish with an 8-8 record in order to eliminate Miami via the tie breaking system. That means the Jets have to also beat the Cleveland Browns next week.
Should the Steelers, Dolphins, Jets, Chargers and Ravens all finish tied at 8-8, the Steelers would get the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
Basically, it will take a minor miracle, but at least you now know the scenerios.