The Steelers will keep their last primetime game of the season.
With their season in flux earlier in the year, there was some validity to the possibility NBC's Sunday Night Football would enact their flex option in Sunday night games, and move their coverage off the Bengals at Steelers Week 15 game.
The network and the league have confirmed that won't happen now, according to Steelers' PR manager Burt Lauten.
The game could have playoff implications. A Steelers win in Week 14 over the Miami Dolphins, as well as losses from Cincinnati (vs. Indianapolis) and Baltimore (vs. Minnesota) would put the Steelers two games behind the Bengals for the AFC North lead, and a tiebreaker behind Baltimore for the sixth seed in the AFC.
A lot needs to happen for that scenario, but the game will be intriguing anyway. Cincinnati is neck-and-neck with Indianapolis for the third seed in the AFC.
The Steelers' Week 17 game against Cleveland also may still have playoff significance, and could be flexed into the Sunday Night slot as well. The decision on the Week 17 game is made after all playoff scenarios are reviewed. From that, the game is selected.
The Bengals defeated the Steelers 20-10 in Cincinnati in Week 2.
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