The Pittsburgh Steelers are the 2020 AFC North Champions! With the Steelers 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Steelers wrapped up the division forcing a meaningless Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns when it comes to the AFC North. Even without the Steelers victory, the Browns 23-16 loss to the New York Jets would have locked up the division as well. But rather than have their fate determined by others, the Steelers take care of business and end their three-game losing streak.
It is the Steelers first AFC North division championship since 2017. With the Baltimore Ravens winning the division the previous two seasons, there has yet to be a team win the AFC North three consecutive seasons since its inception in 2002. Since that time, this is the ninth championship for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coming off three straight losses, the confidence in the Steelers has been winnowing among their fan base. With a quality come-from-behind victory over a 10-win opponent, the Steelers get back on track by locking up the division.
With the victory over the Colts, the Steelers cannot finish any lower than the third seed in the AFC. With tiebreakers controlled over both the Titans and Colts, whichever team wins the AFC South will be behind Pittsburgh in the standings.
The Kansas City Chiefs locked up the number one seed with a victory on Sunday, the Steelers are still in the running for the second seed should the Buffalo Bills falter against the New England Patriots on Monday nights. With the Bills holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Steelers, it would take an extra victory for the Steelers to reach the number two seed. With the bye week only coming to the top seed starting in 2020, the difference between being the second or third seed will only affect the first-round matchups and the home team in the divisional round.
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