The NFL playoffs are closing in with just four games left in the regular season, and the Bengals and Steelers face off in a game with huge postseason implications. At least one of these teams has made it to the playoffs for seven straight years and nine of the past 10 seasons.
It's been the Bengals who've made it to the postseason more as of late, as they've clinched a playoff berth in three straight seasons and four of the past five years. The Steelers haven't made it to the playoff since 2011-12, but they're on the verge of ending their mini-playoff drought if they can win at Cincinnati this week.
The 8-3-1 Bengals hold a 1.5-game lead in the AFC North over the 7-5 Steelers, Ravens and Browns. Pittsburgh is fighting six other 7-5 teams in the AFC for the final wild-card spot. They probably need to win three of their final four games to make it to the playoffs, which means they'll have to beat the Bengals at least once.
That's because both teams face each other twice over the final month of the year. Because Pitt hosts the Bengals in the regular-season finale, a win this week puts the Steelers in great position to win the AFC North.
How to Watch
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
When: 1 p.m. ET
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell
Weather: 39 degrees with 9 MPH winds. Partly Cloudy throughout the day.
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