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Steelers Could Be Eliminated From Playoff Contention Prior To Start Of Packers Game


With the Pittsburgh Steelers playing on the road at Lambeau Field this coming Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the game won’t kickoff until 4:25 PM EST. By that time, they very well could be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs if things don’t go their way in the early games.

The Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets are both playing at 1:00 PM EST and if the Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills or the Jets lose to the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers will officially be eliminated from playoff contention.

While the Steelers might not have anything to play for other than pride by the time the game gets underway, the Packers playoff hopes will still be very much alive. You can bet that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his return to the field on Sunday in addition. Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone way back in Week 9 against the Chicago Bears and has been sidelined ever since.

Regardless of what happens in the early games, the Steelers will play the game as if their season depends on them winning. The last time these two teams met in the regular season was in Week 15 of the 2009 season and they combined to put up 73 total points and 1,011 yards of offense with the Steelers winning on the final play of the game. The Packers of course advenged the loss a little more than a year later in Super Bowl XLV.

While there is no guarantee we will see a game as compelling as the one in 2009, it figures to be a good one nonetheless. Should things wind up going the Steelers way in the early games, it could wind up being a game where the loser is done for the season.

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  • Jeff

    The playoff grave was dug with the 0-4 start, so I’m not really thinking about playoffs anymore. I’m just hoping for 2 quality performances to finish the season. It’ll be a positive end to the season finishing 8-4 in the last 12 games. If it so happens that they miraculously make the playoffs, then great, but we need so much help. This is a completely different team from back in September, and that in itself provides some optimism for the future. LOTS of development from some of the young guys, and the emergence of our best defensive player for years to come in Cam Heyward.

  • JohnnyV1

    I’m hoping that they finish strong and win the last two games, finish 8-8. If they are 7-9, well, ok, we get a higher draft pick. We’ll save the playoffs for next year, when, hopefully, we’re better suited to represent ourselves with consistent effort and results.

  • Tim Barca

    Well said Jeff. I am looking fir the positives as well and 8-4 to close the season is not a bad start.

  • Chad H

    Exactly 0-4 start then a lose to the Raiders set this season up. The bigger issue now is salary cap and who remains on this roster. Finishing 8-4 gives us a lot to look forward too.

  • Jeff

    Yep….. What to do with Woodley seems like the million dollar question heading into the offseason.

  • CrazyTerry

    I hate to admit it. But Packers fans are going to show Steelers fans what a real die hard fan base is about. We still have the greatest road fans. But man, Packers are not doing that great this year and they are still going to show up for this game regardless of the weather. Don’t tell me Pittsburgh is colder than GB.
    What a joke Steelers fans at home have become. Rooneys need to reach out to the new Pittsburgh residents and the younger generation because it is obvious the LOCAL older generation just doesn’t have it anymore.

    If you cant commit to showing up at games in a year when your team is not eliminated yet(Cinci game) and actually had a realistic chance at a playoff spot(Miami game), you need to resell your PSL to someone else.

  • SG

    I’m sure the older guys stay home because the younger generation is filled with too many assholes.

  • CrazyTerry

    I am in the middle generation. But it is obvious Steelers need to do a Pens like outreach to younger fans because the old fan base is just not cutting it anymore. Hell, the Steelers should have a policy that if a seat remains unfilled, the team has the right to buy back the PSL. Legally, probably not possible. Maybe it’s decades of being spoiled by success. This has been a year long trend and not an isolated instance. Even before they were 0-4, we were seeing noshows. And when they rebounded briefly and were in the middle of a playoff spot, still no shows. But the only reason that I am attacking the local lfan base is we are among the most arrogant fans in the NFL and numerous times I had to listen as my fellow fan would be making fan of other teams fans ina bar about empty seats in their stadium.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I disagree with the assumption that Rodgers will return simply because the Packers are still in the playoff hunt. The decision for him to return to the field rests with his doctor. The decision is not Aaron’s to make, nor the coaches, or the owners.

  • CrazyTerry

    You never know. Ben came back too early in past years. Rodgers might feel compelled to do that too.

  • John Hinton

    ^ Great post.

  • Bill Molinaro

    Playoffs, PLAYOFFS? Better chance to win the Powerball lottery. Wouldn’t want to see the Steelers in the playoffs and watch Manning, Brady or Brees run up 55 points. The fork, as old Bob Prince would say, is already stuck in!

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Yeah the 0-4 start messed us up big time even though we were on a roll at 5-6 we lost to both MIA and BAL which was unacceptable before beating CIN. But I will say this now that Ben, Haley, and the OL are now on the same page they’ll be a better offense next year. And our defense is getting old but they can still get the job done. I think earlier in the season the defense thought what was the point in battling when the offense wasn’t doing there job. It’s not like that all the time now. Hopefully next year will be a better year.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Steelers should be America’s team because we have the most fans. Dallas ain’t no America’s team.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Not to mention that we have finally found a good RB that can take pressure off of Ben

  • Brenda Dinnocenti Beegle

    Haley has got to go or we will be doomed next year too

  • Brenda Dinnocenti Beegle

    yo sir are on crack

  • Anthony Hodge

    I’m with you on this..Yes a high draft pick would be great but I’d love for the Steelers to finish on a high note.

  • CrazyTerry

    Hey, that’s a fact, jack whether you like it or not.

  • Jason White

    Haley is hardly the problem. The offense needs to continue to improve but they are producing. The defense needs some reworking cause they can’t hold a lead. It all starts with stopping the run which is something they haven’t done very well this year. Then secondly they have to minimize the explosive plays they have been proned to giving up all year.

  • HopalongCassidy

    The playoff aspirations ended with the losses to Baltimore and Miami. Any thoughts of playoffs after that are mere fantasies, not worthy of losing any sleep over. I just want to see the team improve and end the season in a respectable manner with a couple of wins. I would rather not see the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers go into the playoffs only to lose. When they do go, I want them to be serious contenders for the title.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Dude, they said he was good to go last week but as a precaution held him out. There is no way Rodgers isn’t playing in this game unless he get injured in practice or warm ups.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Really don’t think this team deserves to be in the playoffs. I just don’t want Baltimore to make it. Stupid Lions. Can’t take another year of those homers.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Don’t know where you heard that information, but the info I heard was the that he was not cleared by doctors to play last week. ****I just did a search and that was and is indeed the case. Rodgers was not medically cleared last week, and he continues to wait to medical clearance.

    EDIT: I can’t post links, but you can search for the PFT artical dated 12/12 which was last Thursday. Google:

    mike-mccarthy-aaron-rodgers-not-cleared-but-did-more-today

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