The Bengals will face the Steelers in primetime on the final day of the NFL regular season. That honor was given to them over the Packers and Lions, who will face off in Green Bay for the NFC North crown. The Panthers and Falcons facing off for the NFC South title was also in contention for the NFL's final game of the regular season.
Pittsburgh won at home vs. the Chiefs in Week 16 to clinch a playoff berth, their first in three years. The Bengals still have to play the Broncos on Monday Night Football. Regardless of a win or loss, they can still win the North with a win over Pitt in Week 17.
They do clinch a playoff berth if they beat Denver in Week 16. The Bengals will either host a game as the AFC North champion or travel to Indianapolis or go back to Pittsburgh for their playoff game if they do make it that far.
The only way Cincinnati misses the playoffs is if they lose each of their last two games and both Baltimore and San Diego win next week. It would be a terrible way to end the season if Cincinnati goes from a shot at the AFC North to missing the playoffs altogether, but that is certainly possible if they don't win at least one of their final two games.
Oh, and case you didn't know, the Bengals are 2-6 in primetime since drafting Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and 6-15 in the Marvin Lewis era.