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What seed can Steelers be in the 2022 NFL Playoffs?

The Steelers are barely hanging on in the playoff picture. We break down their seeding possibilities in week 18.

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leads the huddle during the second quarter in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sunday PM update: It was close, but the Raiders beat the Chargers instead of tying them, which means the Steelers get in instead of the Chargers. The Steelers will play the Chiefs Sunday night.

Sunday update: The Steelers have likely done the improbable by getting into the playoffs after beating the Ravens, while the Colts lost to the Jaguars. As long as the Raiders and Chargers don’t tie tonight, the Steelers will have the No. 7 seed and likely face the Chiefs in the Wild Card Round.

The Pittsburgh Steelers avoided a losing season by taking down the Cleveland Browns in Week 17. Now, they turn their attention to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 18 with a potential playoff bid on the line. If the Steelers win, they need some help from around the league to get in, but if they lose their season is over.

The 8-7-1 Steelers were able to get back into the win column last week and are 3-2 in their previous five games. One of those games was against the Ravens and the Steelers escaped with the 20-19 victory. The Ravens, have lost five games in a row and their losing streak started with that one-point loss to the Steelers. Their losing streak also coincides with the games that starting quarterback Lamar Jackson has missed due to injury and he has been ruled out for this game already.

The Steelers made the playoffs in 2020 after winning the AFC North. They had an early exit though as they lost to the Browns in the Wild Card round. They last made it past the Wild Card round in 2017 when they lost in the divisional round to the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Yes, you read that right, we are only five years removed from the Jags going to the AFC Championship game).

Relevant games impacting seeding for the Steelers include:

Steelers @ Ravens
Colts @ Jaguars
Chargers @ Raiders

All seeding possibilities are broken down through

How they can be No. 7 seed

  1. Steelers win + Colts loss + Raiders loss, OR
  2. Steelers win + Colts loss + Chargers loss

How they can be eliminated from playoff contention

  1. Steelers loss/tie, OR
  2. Colts win/tie, OR
  3. Raiders-Chargers tie