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NFL playoff picture: What does Ravens-Steelers mean for AFC standings

The Baltimore Ravens face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 5th. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens r with the ball against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Results update: The Ravens went for two and the win in the closing seconds instead of a tie and overtime and could not convert. Baltimore drops to 8-4 with the loss while the Steelers improve to 6-5-1. The Ravens still lead the AFC North, but there’s only two games between first and last place. Baltimore also sits in third place and might blow their chance at the No. 1 overall seed.

The Baltimore Ravens hit the road for an AFC North divisional matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET from Heinz Field and the game will air on CBS. The Ravens are a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Ravens playoff picture

Current AFC standing

The Ravens have won two close games in a row with a three-point victory over the Chicago Bears and a six-point win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. They will look for a more decisive victory over the Steelers today as they need the momentum heading into the gauntlet that is their remaining schedule. They currently sit atop the AFC North and are a game ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals. If the playoffs started today they would be the 1 seed in the AFC.

Steelers playoff picture

Current AFC standing

It was reported in Week 13 that this is expected to be quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s final season with the team, but the team will have to put in a lot of work to end the season on a high note. In their last three games, they have tied the Detroit Lions and have given up exactly 41 points to each of the Los Angeles Chargers and the Bengals losing both games. The Steelers are in last place of the AFC North and are three games behind the Ravens. They would miss the playoffs if they started today.

Rest of the AFC playoff field

Chargers (6-5) @ Bengals (7-4)
Washington (5-6) @ Raiders (6-5)
Broncos (6-5) @ Chiefs (7-4) Sunday Night Football
Patriots (8-4) @ Bills (7-4) Monday Night Football
Titans BYE