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Can someone confirm that the Steerlers are indeed actually out of the playoffs?

Due to the rules in place here: http://www.nfl.com/standings/tiebreakingprocedures

What it states: That if the Steelers beat Cleveland, and the Chargers, Ravens, and Dolphins all lose the game, then we go into "TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM" which follows the following steps:

Step 1) Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.

- This eliminates the Ravens, as the Steelers would have a 4-2 record in the AFC North while the Ravens would have gone 3-3.

So on to Step 2) Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.) Chargers beat the Dolphins but didn't play the Steelers, and the Dolphins beat the Steelers but lost to the Chargers. Steelers lost to Dolphins but didn't play the Chargers. No team either A) deafeated each of the others or B) lost to each of the others.

On to step 3) Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.

Chargers would have 5 wins if they lose this Sunday.
Steelers will have 6 wins if they win on Sunday.
Dolphins already have 7 wins and would have 7 if they lost on Sunday.

Dolphins eliminate the Steelers and the Chargers by conference wins to end the 3 way tie.

Even if you apply the Steelers win record over the Chargers first, the Dolphins still hold the head to head that would apply from reverting to the 2 club tiebreakers:

Two Clubs

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
So the Steelers are out regardless of what happens, even if the other

teams all lose... correct?

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