The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped their Week 15 home game to the Buffalo Bills Sunday night, but thanks to the outcome of another game earlier in the day the team will retain the No. 6 seed in the AFC.
The Steelers Sunday loss to the Bills resulted in Buffalo clinching a playoff spot in the AFC. Additionally, the Steelers Sunday night loss to the Bills now means that Pittsburgh can now only make the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the AFC, if they make it all.
The Steelers were able to retain the No. 6 overall seed in the AFC on Sunday due to the Tennessee Titans losing at home to the Houston Texans earlier in the day. That Tennessee loss means the Titans will enter Week 16 as the No. 7 seed in the AFC.
Next Sunday the Steelers will play the New York Jets on the road and even if they win that game they won’t be able to clinch a playoff spot in Week 16 even if the Titans lose at home to the New Orleans Saints.
The Titans close out their regular season against the Texans in Houston while the Steelers will play the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 17. The Ravens clinched the AFC North division on Thursday night and can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoff in Week 16 if they beat the Cleveland Browns on the road. If the Ravens do lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC in Week 16 it would make their home finale against the Steelers meaningless to them.
The Bills, Ravens, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs all have locked up playoff spots entering Week 16.