The Pittsburgh Steelers put on a show for the home crowd, as well as millions watching around the world, at Heinz Field when they humiliated the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football 45-10. The victory propelled their record to 7-5, and in terms of the the AFC Playoff Picture, Pittsburgh is very much alive and well. However, despite their record, the Steelers still find themselves on the outside looking in. Take a look at the current AFC Playoff Picture:
AFC Playoff Picture after Week 13:
4. Indianapolis Colts - 6-6
5. Kansas City Chiefs - 7-5
In terms of tiebreaking procedures, the reason the Steelers find themselves behind the Jets and Chiefs is simple. The Chiefs have the head-to-head win over Pittsburgh from Week 7, and they also have much better conference record (6-2) than Pittsburgh (4-4). The Jets are above the Steelers for their superior conference record (5-4), but a lot can change in the final four weeks of the season.
The disappointing aspect of this Playoff Picture is the Steelers don't currently control their own destiny. All they can control is the outcome of their game every week, but taking a look at the remaining schedules of those teams vying for the coveted AFC Wild Card spot will likely come down to the bitter end. Should be fun to watch.
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Colts (6-6), at Bengals (10-2), vs. Broncos (10-2), at Ravens (4-8), at Browns (2-10)
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Patriots (10-2), at Colts (6-6), at Titans (3-9), vs. Jaguars (4-8)
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Broncos (10-2), vs. Packers (8-4), vs. Chargers (3-9), at Chiefs (7-5)
REMAINING OPPONENTS: vs. Giants (5-7), at Chargers (3-9), vs. Colts (6-6), vs. Patriots (10-2)
REMAINING OPPONENTS: at Steelers (7-5), at Jaguars (4-8), vs. Texans (6-6), at Dolphins (5-7), vs. Titans (3-9)