Sunday, December 18, 2011
Steelers clinch playoff berth
By Jamison Hensley
The Pittsburgh Steelers don't play until Monday night, but they've already secured themselves a playoff berth.
The Steelers (10-3) became the first AFC North team to earn a spot in the postseason as a result of the Tennessee Titans losing to the previously winless Indianapolis Colts. Of course, Pittsburgh is still battling the Ravens for the AFC North title. The Steelers, who are currently tied with Baltimore, need to finish one game ahead of the Ravens because they were swept by their division rivals this season.
The Ravens still need some help to secure a playoff berth before playing at San Diego tonight. Baltimore can clinch a playoff spot for the fourth straight season if the Jets or Raiders lose. The Ravens can also get a postseason berth if they beat the Chargers.