As a result of the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday night, the winning team between the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts will play the Denver Broncos next Sunday, Jan. 11 (4:40 p.m). The seeding formula is easy -- the lowest seeded team plays the highest seed and since Baltimore is the lowest seed in the entire AFC playoffs, they will head to New England next weekend.
It wasn't until the 11:51 mark in the fourth quarter when things began to take shape Saturday night. A Justin Forsett fumble led to a 44-yard pass to Antonio Brown to the one, capped with a six-yard Martavis Bryant touchdown reception that reduced Pittsburgh's deficit to 20-15 with 11:05 remaining in the game.
Baltimore responded with a Justin Tucker 52-yard field goal, extending their lead 23-15. With 8:10 remaining in the fourth, Terrell Suggs intercepted a deflected football with his knees and on the next play, Joe Flacco hit Crockett Gillmore for 21-yard touchdown pass, extending Baltimore's lead 30-15. A blocked punt that led to a safety reduced Pittsburgh's deficit 30-17 with 1:56 remaining in the fourth but the game realistically was sealed.
On the ensuing drive, Ben Roethlisberger drove Pittsburgh down to the Ravens 29-yard line before the defense's fifth sack of the game forced him out of the game, replaced by backup Bruce Gradkowski. After three plays on the sidelines, Roethlisberger returned and was promptly intercepted by Darian Stewart in the endzone.
The Bengals recently (Week 16) defeated the Broncos in Cincinnati 37-28 on Monday Night Football while the Broncos defeated Indianapolis, 31-24, during the Sunday Night premiere in Week 1.