Regardless of what the Pittsburgh Steelers do Sunday night in their home game against the Indianapolis Colts, they will end Week 13 as the No. 7 seed in the AFC at best due to the way other games transpired earlier in the day.
Being as the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets both won on Sunday, they will be the No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the AFC respectively heading into Week 14 of the season.
The (7-5) Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 34-20 Sunday afternoon as quarterback Alex Smith threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr helped the Chiefs’ cause by throwing 3 interceptions in the game and all three resulted in a total of 21 points for Kansas City.
The (5-7) Raiders will now need miracle to make the playoffs following Sunday’s loss while the Chiefs are in very good shape when it comes to potentially winning a Wild Card spot thanks to their 6-2 record in the conference. The Chiefs also own head-to-head tiebreakers over the Steelers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers enter Sunday night as the No. 7 seed in the AFC and they’ll now have to beat the Colts at home in order to keep that spot. Should they lose to the Colts, however, they will begin Week 14 as the No. 9 seed in the AFC as they’ll be behind the Bills and Texans due to them having the poorer record in the conference.