Here’s what needs to happen for Pittsburgh to earn a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs.
- The Steelers (8-7-1) must defeat the Ravens (8-8) in Baltimore on Sunday.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) must defeat the Indianapolis Colts (9-7) at home on Sunday.
- The Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) vs. the Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) cannot end in a tie.
How likely is that scenario?
Pittsburgh’s chance of going to the playoffs is 8%, according to ESPN. Those are slim odds, but they’re actually improved from 4% before the Cleveland game.
While the Jaguars only have two wins this season, the Colts haven’t beaten them in Jacksonville since 2014.
The Ravens are still alive in the playoff race as well. Baltimore needs a win over Pittsburgh, combined with losses by the Chargers and the Colts, along with a Miami loss or tie.
The Steelers, Ravens, Colts, Raiders and Chargers are all chasing the AFC’s final two playoff berths.