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

The Steelers face the Ravens in Baltimore on Saturday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks with head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens before the game at Heinz Field on December 10, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will face off in front of a national audience to close out their respective regular seasons. The 2023-24 regular season closes with two games on Saturday on ESPN and ABC, and then the 14 remaining games spread out on Sunday.

The Steelers and Ravens will open the schedule kicking off at 4:30 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is a 3.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Ravens have clinched the AFC North title and the No. 1 seed with accompanying home field advantage through the AFC Championship. They are likely to rest starters and give limited snaps to other players.

Steelers playoff picture

Pittsburgh is 9-7 and sitting in ninth place in the AFC playoff standings. They have five scenarios, with three requiring they win, one requiring a tie, and one possible in the event of a loss. They will clinch with a win and either a Bills loss to the Dolphins, a Jaguars loss to the Titans, or a Texans-Colts tie. They can also clinch with a tie, a Jaguars loss, and Texans-Colts not ending in a tie. Finally, they can lose to the Ravens and still clinch if the Jaguars lose, the Broncos beat the Raiders, and Texans-Colts not end in a tie.

Ravens playoff picture

The Ravens are set as the No. 1 seed.