The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Along with that, the Steelers' 20-7 win over Cleveland and Baltimore's loss to Cincinnati gave Pittsburgh second place in the division for the 2013 season after having been three games out of first place after Week 4.
The Steelers clinch a second place schedule, which means they will play at the New York Jets and will host the Kansas City Chiefs next season, along with Cincinnati, Baltimore and Cleveland twice each, and the teams in the AFC South (Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee) and the NFC South (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans, Tampa Bay).
The Jets did the same thing to the Dolphins in the AFC East. Leading into Week 17, the Jets and Steelers were set up to face each other as third place finishers. The real issue people may have with the second place finish is the difference between the Chiefs and the Raiders. It wouldn't be appealing either way if the game was on the road, and as far as 2013 is concerned, the Chiefs clearly were the better team. The Raiders beat the Steelers in each of the last two seasons, both in Oakland.
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