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NFL Playoff Scenario: How the Steelers could still claim the 2nd seed and a 1st round bye

There are still a myriad of playoff scenarios surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers with two weeks left in the regular season. See how the Steelers could claim the 2nd seed, and a 1st round bye.

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With two weeks left in the 2015 regular season, the scenarios surrounding the AFC Playoff Picture can be long and tedious. The teams who will punch their ticket to the postseason party are nearly complete, but how these teams fall in the final seedings has yet to be seen.

Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the 6 seed in the Playoff Picture heading into Week 15. On Tuesday, we highlighted what needs to happen for the Steelers to grab the No. 5 seed in the playoff race, and today we will break down how Pittsburgh could actually claim the No. 2 seed and a first round bye.

Scenario to claim the No. 2 seed:

Week 16:
PIT wins over BAL +
KC wins over CLE +
DEN wins over CIN

Week 17:
KC loses to OAK +
CIN loses to BAL +
PIT wins over CLE +
DEN loses to SD

In this scenario, the Steelers would claim the No. 2 seed, get a first round bye, and would host all games in the AFC Playoffs unless they had to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

As you read through this scenario you are probably thinking, "What are the odds of this really happening?" Well, to be honest, the odds aren't good, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. Crazier things have happened. Fans might recall in 2013 a long list of scenarios which needed to take place for Pittsburgh to make the postseason, and they were a 42-yard Ryan Succop field goal away from punching their ticket to the playoffs with an 8-8 record.

Stranger things have happened, but Week 16 will make the picture a lot clearer for the Steelers, and their fans, in terms of their final positioning in the AFC Playoffs.