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Steelers keep playoff hopes alive, beat Browns

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Now, the Steelers are left to be the biggest Chiefs fans you could ever imagine.

With a 20-7 win vs. Cleveland on Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Steelers remain in the hunt for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

The competition for the No. 6 seed is down to San Diego and Pittsburgh with Miami and Baltimore losing this afternoon. If the Chargers defeat Kansas City on Sunday, they will make the playoffs. If they lose, the Steelers are back in the postseason for the first time since 2011.

The Steelers (8-8) scored the game’s first 20 points and never looked back in sweeping the season series against Cleveland. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 179 yards with one TD and two interceptions, while tailback Le’Veon Bell added 90 yards rushing and a TD on 20 carries.

The Browns finished their season 4-12, and they finished it with speculation about coach Rob Chudzinski’s future after just one season on the job.

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26 Responses to “Steelers keep playoff hopes alive, beat Browns”
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Ladies and gents, the Steelers are marching. My, didn’t we foresee this? Didn’t we try to explain this to your weak minds back in week 5 after starting 0-4?

    This is what we do. We overcome. That’s why our trophy case is something of legend and yours is burdened by grief.

  2. francogreenbradshaw says: Dec 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Hahahahehehe! Ravens and Joe Blow behind center! What a pathetic laughing stock!

  3. tedmurph says: Dec 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Too bad the steelers put themselves in a position where KC is resting everyone(which they earned) and they’re prob out.. Steelers finished the season well. A good draft and cutting some cap money with old vets and they should be back quickly.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Dec 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Hopefully the Chiefs can pull of the upsets with their back ups just like the Steelers did to the bills 9 years ago.

  5. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:23 PM

    Too bad for them, KC has nothing to play for and probably rubber stamped the Chargers in as the 6th seed with Miami’s choke job. Once Todd Haley stopped trying to micromanage Roethlisberger, the Steelers began playing better on offense, and despite all the old players, their defense has been above average most of the season.

  6. chargersdiehard says: Dec 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Sorry Steeler fans. Go polish up the old ring collection!

  7. holeinone09 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Steelers are playing very well right now. After all the issues and mistakes thus year, it is exciting they still have a chance for the playoffs. Hoping for a great big fat post-Christmas present for all of Steeler Nation from KC even while Reid rests his starters.

  8. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Who cares who the 6 seed is? They are gonna get their doors blown off by NE, Indy, or Cincy.

    I’d love to see Pitt be the sacrificial lamb, however.

  9. nickster31 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    Hey Ravens fans, Im in the mood for some knock – knock jokes.

    Know any?

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    marching (verb): waiting around with fingers crossed hoping for something out of your control to happen

  11. bigdaddydooko says: Dec 29, 2013 4:34 PM

    Man, it must be real tough for ravens fans to be looking up at steelers in the standings. Especially after declaring all year that the ravens were a far more superior team. You could look at the bright side – the ravens will get a better draft pick.

  12. noburghfan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    The Browns suck , and so does the ‘burgh !
    GO Bolts !

  13. lp0320 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    The Steelers are waiting for a miracle and so am I, but let’s be realistic about this – they lost games they should have never lost. At the end of the day, none of the teams in the hunt in the AFC deserve the sixth seed when New Orleans and Arizona are both 10-5. and one of them won’t make it in the NFC.

    That being said, so glad the Ravens and their 120 Million dollar bust lost today.

  14. randomcommenter says: Dec 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    Steelers improved quite a bit as the year progressed. Ben is playing his best football ever. Antonio Brown has emerged as a premier WR and Le’Veon Bell has given them a run game.

    AFC teams are rooting for the Chargers. Nobody wants to play the steelers now.

  15. njsteeler says: Dec 29, 2013 5:47 PM

    I am just glad that they finished the year strong. The o-line has really stepped up, and some of the younger players too. Haywood is nice! Jones, Worilds and Brown have shown progress also. The future isn’t as bleak as some would like to suggest. Cap issues are there, but they will get that in order. And Ben is not going anywhere. Yo, Joemontanaflacco our QB is better than yours. Way to earn that contract. Lol….

  16. queenlivekillers says: Dec 29, 2013 6:21 PM

    If not for the incredible turnaround Andy Reid has engineered in K.C., Mike Tomlin may be a candidate for Coach Of The Year. Great job keeping this team focused and driven, particularly after a really rough start.

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Dec 29, 2013 7:45 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha! To all you Steelers’ fans creeps, especially Nofool, I hope you enjoyed today’s games! Especially the Chiefs and the post season bound Chargers! Hahahahaha!!!!

  18. dimi1919 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    How was your day JMF?

  19. quittsburghstoolers says: Dec 29, 2013 7:56 PM

    This worked out better than I could have hoped.

    The Steelers won just enough games to wreck their draft position while still missing the playoffs by a hair.

    Of course, seeing them go 0-16 would have been epic but then they would have gotten draft picks at the top of each round of the draft so it worked out for the best.

    Same to say we haters are content with the way it all worked out…

  20. jjconley says: Dec 29, 2013 8:00 PM

    Would’ve loved to beat Pittsburgh in Cincinnati again. Really disappointed the Steelers fell apart this season.

  21. totallysirius says: Dec 29, 2013 8:05 PM

    Well Steelers fans, there’s always next year.

  22. bigbensucks says: Dec 29, 2013 8:19 PM

    LMAO at the arrogant Stooler fans that were sure they were going to make the playoffs. Too bad for you. Read the comment below from Pittsburg Steeler for a good laugh……………True arrogance. Glad you did not make it.

    Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Ladies and gents, the Steelers are marching. My, didn’t we foresee this? Didn’t we try to explain this to your weak minds back in week 5 after starting 0-4?

    This is what we do. We overcome. That’s why our trophy case is something of legend and yours is burdened by grief.

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Hahahahahahahaha! To all you Steelers’ fans creeps, especially Nofool, I hope you enjoyed today’s games! Especially the Chiefs and the post season bound Chargers! Hahahahaha!!!!

    It’s apparent this poster is upset and staying up beyond his parents wishes…get under the covers and pray to Jump Ball Joe that he has a better season next year.

  24. nomeansnoben says: Dec 29, 2013 9:19 PM

    It’s ok to cry.

  25. natelan69 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:26 PM

    HHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

    GO CHARGERS!!!

  26. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 29, 2013 10:20 PM

    chargersdiehard says:
    Dec 29, 2013 4:25 PM
    Sorry Steeler fans. Go polish up the old ring collection

    To bad you have none to polish.

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