Playoff Picture: More than a win required


If the Steelers want to make it to the postseason, they must win on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

But unfortunately, they need more than just that. They need help.

In addition to winning, the Steelers need the Buffalo Bills to defeat the New York Jets in Buffalo. If that happens, the Steelers are in. The Bills defeated the Jets, 22-17, on Nov. 12 at MetLife Stadium.

The Steelers fell out of a Wild Card spot following their 20-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets overtime win against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

If the playoffs started today, the Steelers wouldn't be in. But there is one more week of football to play, and a lot can happen.

Here is a look at the remaining opponents for teams in the playoffs and those fighting for a spot:

Steelers: at Cleveland (3-12)
New England Patriots: at Miami (5-10)
Cincinnati Bengals: Baltimore (5-10)
Denver Broncos: San Diego (4-11)
Houston Texans: Jacksonville (5-10)
Kansas City Chiefs: Oakland (7-8)New York Jets: at Buffalo (7-8)Indianapolis Colts: Tennessee (3-12)
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Here is a look at the playoff picture.

AFC Standings:

Division LeadersNew England Patriots – 12-3 – East (clinched playoff)
Denver Broncos – 11-4  - West (clinched playoff)
Cincinnati Bengals – 11-4 – North (clinched playoff)*   *
Houston Texans – 8-7 – South Wild Card
Kansas City Chiefs – 10-5 (clinched playoff)
New York Jets – 10-5

In the Hunt   
Pittsburgh Steelers – 9-6
Indianapolis Colts – 7-8

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