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What Indianapolis’ win over Pittsburgh in Week 15 means for NFL playoff picture in AFC

The Colts blasted the Steelers on Saturday. We break down what it means for the AFC playoff picture.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (8-6) took care of business at home this evening, downing the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7) in a 30-13 victory. Despite losing both Zack Moss and Michael Pittman Jr. in the contest, the Colts cruised with ease as Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes in the rout.

With the victory, Indianapolis is now the No. 7 seed in the AFC and would own the final Wild Card spot if the season ended at this very moment. Six AFC teams entered Week 15 with a 7-6 record and so far, both them and the Bengals have been able to keep pace in the crowded field with wins on Saturday. The victory also puts them a half game back of the Jaguars for the lead in the AFC South, but Jacksonville owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Indy.

Meanwhile, the loss drops Pittsburgh to the fringes of the AFC playoff picture at the moment as its sitting on the outside as the No. 11 seed. A Ravens win on Sunday would officially eliminate the Steelers from AFC North title contention, so they’ll most likely be scrambling for a Wild Card berth for the final three weeks of the regular season.

Pittsburgh will host Cincinnati next Saturday for its Week 16 matchup while Indianapolis will visit Atlanta the following day on Christmas Eve.