clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

What Steelers can clinch in Week 17 for the 2021 NFL playoffs

The Bills will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the 2021 NFL playoffs. We break down what they need to do in Week 17 to clinch the higher seed.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hugs wide receiver Diontae Johnson of the Pittsburgh Steelers before the stat of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are headed back to the playoffs this year, clinching the AFC North to punch their ticket for the field of the 2021 NFL playoffs. The Steelers stumbled after an 11-0 start, but bounced back to beat the Colts with an impressive comeback.

The Chiefs have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC, leaving the Steelers to claim either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed. Playoff expansion this year means only the No. 1 seed gets a bye, so that could impact how teams approach Week 17.

Buffalo holds the tiebreaker edge on Pittsburgh, so Pittsburgh has to win to have any chance of finishing higher than Buffalo. The Steelers can claim the No. 2 seed with a win over the Browns next Sunday and a Bills loss or tie against the Dolphins. If the Steelers win and the Bills also win, Pittsburgh will claim the No. 3 seed.

Pittsburgh entered the season with the second best odds to win the AFC North favorite (+350) and had -137 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook to clinch any kind of playoff berth.