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Playoff scenario--2005 redux?

Even if we don't win the AFC North, all is not lost. If the current standings hold up, the AFC playoff seedings would be:

  1. Colts
  2. Bengals
  3. Patriots
  4. Broncos (tiebreaker over SD)
  5. Steelers
  6. Chargers

In the first round, Steelers at Denver is a game that we just won, so we should be able to handle that. Assuming other seedings hold, in the second round we would play the Colts at Indy. A tough assignment, to be sure, but the Colts routinely fold in the playoffs. A win there could send the Steelers into Cincinnati for the big re-rematch, winner-take-all for a Super Bowl berth. Can the Bengals beat the Steelers three times in one season? It would be fun to find out.

If these playoff matchups sound familiar, it's because in 2005, the Steelers won road playoff games in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Denver. I'm not saying it will happen again. But it could. So for the 77% percent of you that think the Steelers will be a wild-card team, that's not such a bad thing.

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