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Sunday, January 1, 2012
Ravens, Steelers now fighting for No. 2 seed

By Jamison Hensley

CINCINNATI -- The Ravens and Steelers have no shot at earning the AFC's top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after the New England Patriots came back from 21 points down to beat the Buffalo Bills.

If Baltimore wins at Cincinnati, the Ravens can lock up the AFC North title, the AFC's No. 2 seed, a first-round bye and a home playoff game in the divisional round. It would mark the first time since 2006 that the Ravens have won the division and hosted a playoff game.

If the Ravens lose to the Bengals, the Steelers would take the No. 2 seed with a win at Cleveland. Pittsburgh has won the AFC North in three of the previous four seasons.

The team that fails to capture the No. 2 seed would enter the playoffs as the fifth seed, which will play at the AFC West champion in the first round.