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Steelers playoff scenarios

It's that time of year when a small list of teams are in line to clinch early playoff berths.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) are one of those teams after getting a huge victory last week over the Baltimore Ravens (8-4). The Steelers now have the inside track on winning the AFC North division and can secure a postseason spot as early as Sunday via several scenarios.

Here they are, according to the NFL:

  1. Pittsburgh wins + Jacksonville loss or tie + New England win or tie + Miami Dolphins loss or tie

  2. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + New England win or tie + Miami loss or tie

  3. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + New England win or tie + Oakland loss or tie + San Diego loss or tie

  4. Pittsburgh win + Indianapolis loss or tie + Miami loss or tie + Oakland loss or tie

  5. Pittsburgh tie + Miami loss or tie + Oakland loss or tie + San Diego loss or tie + Indianapolis loss

Got all that?

In every case, the Steelers have to win or at least tie against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10). Otherwise, the other scenarios do not come into play.