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Steelers win, they clinch third seed, lose, they are fifth and playing Indianapolis

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Pittsburgh's opponent for the first round of the AFC Playoffs will be determined prior to their Sunday Night Football game against Cincinnati if they win. If the Bengals win, the Steelers will head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.

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The Cincinnati Bengals win over the Denver Broncos cleared up the road the Steelers will take in the playoffs.

If the Steelers defeat the Bengals on Sunday Night Football in Week 17, they will clinch the No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs, by virtue of a 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8. Indianapolis sits at 10-5 with a Week 17 game against Tennessee on deck.

A Steelers loss would bump them back to the fifth seed, setting up a re-match against the fourth-seeded Colts. The game would be in Indianapolis, the regular season game was in Pittsburgh.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger slaughtered the Colts.

A Bengals win coupled with a Broncos loss would give Cincinnati the No. 2 seed, with Denver taking the third seed. The Steelers cannot get the second seed in the AFC, and New England clinched the top seed when the Broncos lost to the Bengals in Week 16.

Winning would give them a home game against either San Diego, Baltimore, Kansas City or Houston. They haven't played the Chargers this season but they defeated Baltimore in Week 9, Houston in Week 7 and Kansas City most recently in Week 16.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had one of the greatest passing games in league history in Pittsburgh's win over the Colts. In picking up AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Roethlisberger was 40-for-49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns. It was the first of two consecutive six-touchdown games for Roethlisberger, who would throw all over the Ravens in Week 9.