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What Ravens-Steelers on Wednesday means for NFL playoff picture

The Steelers can’t clinch a playoff berth to close out Week 12, but they can move significantly closer with a win over the Ravens on Wednesday.

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with head coach Mike Tomlin against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 22, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will finally play their Week 12 matchup in a rare Wednesday NFL contest. The game will air nationally on NBC and kickoff is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET.

This is a huge contest for both teams. The Steelers can improve to 11-0 and take a three-game lead in the division with just five games remaining. A loss would move the Browns to within two games and leave this thing a little more open coming down the final stretch. Meanwhile, a Ravens win improves them to 7-4, puts them in the final AFC playoff spot, and moves them to just a game back of the Browns. A loss leaves them a game outside the playoff standings with five weeks remaining.

The Steelers are fast closing in on a playoff berth. They entered Week 12 with a chance to clinch if they won and the Dolphins and Raiders both list. Las Vegas lost, but the Miami win over the Jets prevented the clinching. A win over the Ravens puts them in an even simpler position in Week 13 to clinch a playoff berth.