Steelers have improved shot at No. 2 seed

December, 23, 2011
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The Houston Texans' loss on Thursday night might end up being a win for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now, the Steelers will take the AFC's No. 2 seed if they win out and the Ravens lose one of their final two regular-season games. Before Houston's surprising loss to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh (10-4) had the same record as the Texans (10-5) and would have lost any tiebreaker because it lost to Houston earlier this season.

The Steelers, who wrap up the regular season against St. Louis (2-12) and Cleveland (4-10), still need help to get a first-round bye and a home playoff game. The Ravens have to lose to either the Browns on Saturday or at Cincinnati (8-6) in the regular-season finale.

The Texans' loss didn't really help Baltimore in terms of a tiebreaker against Houston. The Ravens (10-4) already owned the advantage over Houston because they beat the Texans in the regular season.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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