Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
Steelers play for their past and their future in Week 16 playoff game against the Bengals.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Date: Dec. 23, 2012
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Matchups: Steel City Insider
TV Schedule: CBS national broadcast
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color)
Radio stream: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Odds: Steelers -3.5
Weather: 35 degrees, winds southwest at 9 m.p.h.
It's a Week 16 playoff game, essentially for both teams; or more like the winner. If Cincinnati wins, and Baltimore loses, they host the Ravens for a divisional championship game in Week 17.
What better scenario could there be for the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception?
A plaque at the exact spot of the legendary play was unveiled by the Steelers Saturday in a ceremony attended by many of the former participants, including Franco Harris and Raiders linebacker Phil Villapiano.
Knowing the old guard of the Steelers will be on site, it becomes an even bigger game for Pittsburgh. If Pittsburgh wins, it moves back into position for the last wild card spot in the AFC. With a Steelers win and a Ravens loss, the Steelers could leapfrog the Ravens in Week 17 with a duplicate win and Ravens loss.
More than anything, the Steelers are just looking to get back on the winning side of things. Having lost four of their last five games, and last two in a row, the team has been out of sorts due to key injuries that have derailed the second half of their season.
It's likely to be a tight game, scoring in the teens and some tough defense. The Steelers have defeated the Bengals five consecutive times dating back to the 2010 season in the midst of an overhaul in Cincinnati, but the Bengals have won five of their last six games, and are coming off a 34-13 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.