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NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers plummet in rankings after Week 16 loss

The Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16, and the loss sent them falling in the latest NFL Power Rankings.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their Week 16 game to the Baltimore Ravens on the road, but they also dropped in the latest NFL SB Nation Power Rankings. With a golden opportunity to win their final two regular season games and punch their ticket to the playoffs blown at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the alternative is now reality as the team needs help to get into the playoffs.

After the difficult loss, see what SB Nation had to say about the Steelers:

The Jets leapfrogged the Steelers to the No. 6 spot in AFC seeding with their exciting overtime win over the Patriots on Sunday, and look primed for a run into the postseason. The defense is playing well, but more importantly, Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to play with a veteran efficiency, particularly in the redzone where he's developed great rapport with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

Meanwhile, the Steelers lost a key matchup to the Ravens in Baltimore, severely damaging their playoff hopes in the process. Pittsburgh remains one of those teams that no one will want to face once the postseason begins, but the obvious problem with that is that the Steelers will need some luck just to get to the dance.

The Steelers no longer control their own destiny in the AFC Playoff race, but, according to the latest SB Nation Power Rankings, the Steelers have plummeted into the back half of the Top 10. In fact, SB Nation currently has the Steelers dropping 4 spots to No. 8 heading into Week 17.

The Steelers fell a spot behind Cincinnati, the top ranked AFC North team at No. 7, and are far above the Baltimore Ravens at No. 26 and the Cleveland Browns at No. 30.

Take a look at the Top 10 heading into Week 17:

1. Arizona Cardinals
2. Carolina Panthers
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. New England Patriots
5. New York Jets
6. Denver Broncos
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Minnesota Vikings