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Steelers face uphill battle to playoffs after AFC North rivals win in Week 15

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ chances of making the playoffs are beginning to fade.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are dropping in the AFC Wild Card standings as Week 15 enters the primetime matchups.

After falling to 7-7 and losing to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, the Steelers fell out of the playoff picture in the AFC. On Sunday, they were buried even further after teams ahead of the Steelers won big.

The Cleveland Browns improved to 9-5 with a comeback victory against the Chicago Bears at home. The Browns nearly lost on a last-second Hail Mary that was dropped by Bears receiver Darnell Mooney.

The Houston Texans also made the Steelers’ job a little harder after another comeback win. After trailing 13-0, the Texans rolled back to win 19-16 in overtime despite starting third-string quarterback Case Keenum on the road. The Texans now sit at 8-6 after Ka’imi Fairbairn knocked down a 54-yard field goal as time expired to win the game.

The Buffalo Bills made possibly the biggest statement of the day when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-10 at home, improving to 8-6. Josh Allen and James Cook were dominant in the win, and now there is an argument that the Bills could be the AFC’s most dangerous team entering the final weeks of the season.

The Steelers will have a chance to get back into the playoff picture, but they may not be able to afford losing another game. Pittsburgh faces a must-win in its next game on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at home on NBC.