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The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially qualified for the 2020 NFL playoffs

It was only a matter of time, but now it has become official.

Washington Football Team v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

After starting the 2020 NFL season with 11 straight victories, it was only going to be a matter of time until the Pittsburgh Steelers officially locked up a spot in the 2020 NFL postseason. On Sunday afternoon, it became official when the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins by a score of 33-27.

So before the Pittsburgh Steelers even take the field on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills, the postseason is no longer in question. After missing the playoffs the last two seasons, the Steelers will be playing in the tournament for the Lombardi trophy in early 2021.

Although making the playoffs is the first goal, the Steelers still have a lot of work to do as they need a victory Sunday night in order to maintain in the number one seed in the AFC. With the Kansas City Chiefs already holding a record of 12-1, the Steelers need to match their record as they currently holds the tiebreaker over the Chiefs.

Ironically, the game which sent the Steelers into the postseason was also one in which the opposite outcome would have been more beneficial to their playoff seeding. While the Dolphins loss put the Steelers in the postseason, the victory by the Chiefs has the two teams locked in a battle for the top spot and only first-round bye in the AFC.

The Steelers also have a chance this weekend to lock in another milestone as if they are victorious over the Buffalo Bill Sunday night and the Cleveland Browns fall to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, the Steelers will have officially locked up the AFC North. In doing so, the Steelers would officially be one of the top four seeds in the AFC going into the playoffs.

Stay tuned to BTSC for continued coverage as the Steelers push toward the 2020 postseason.