With the Baltimore Ravens 30-23 loss at the hands of the New England Patriots the Steelers playoff fate is in their hands.
The Steelers at 8-5 are on top of the AFC North Division with just three games left. One of those three games is with Baltimore, 7-6, at home, and the other two are with division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals, 5-7-1 and the Cleveland Browns 0-13.
The Steelers road the back of Le’Veon Bell for a record 236 yards rushing on 38 carries and another 62 yards receiving to smash another Steelers record for total yards at 298.
The Steelers face the struggling Bengals next at Heinz Field in what should be no holds barred contest with Cincinnati trying to stage one of the biggest upsets of the season that could possibly hurt Pittsburgh playoffs hopes. But Baltimore will have to beat the up and down Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) in Baltimore. The Eagles upset the Steelers earlier in the season.
If both teams are victorious they will meet in the biggest game of the season in a winner takes all, maybe, game. If the Ravens win they will be in first place by virtue of winning both head to head games. Then the only way the Steelers could win would be for the Ravens to lose their final game against the Bengals. So Cincinnati is in position to determine who represents the AFC North Division even though it will not be them. Well, it could be but that’s not likely.