The Pittsburgh Steelers had all of the odds against them to make the playoffs coming into week 17. However, they did win their game, and almost everything else happened in order for them to make the playoffs.
In order to make the playoffs, the Steelers needed to win their game, and they also needed the Ravens, Dolphins and Chargers to all lose. The Steelers got their part done when beating the Cleveland Browns 20-7, and watched as the remaining results came in.
As unlikely as a scenario as that may sound, everything went their way in the first three match-ups, although the Chiefs were unable to put away the Chargers, and the final piece of the puzzle was not able to be completed.
Realistically, with the way the Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2013 season, there was no reason that they should have been in the post-season.
However, teams are capable of turning a season around, and after starting the year out 0-4, unlike some other teams, the Steelers were able to have a positive season and at least get to 8-8 after week 17 concluded.
The Cowboys also suffered another crushing loss last night, which sent the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs instead.
Hey Pittsburgh Steelers fans... Yesterday's developments are a mere fraction of what us Cowboys fans go thru weekly.. But it was fun to see!
— washingtoncrickets (@757hank) December 30, 2013
Ben Roethlisberger, the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, attempts to stay positive about a disappointing season when saying "We are going to build on this. I think we have put together a good foundation."
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a chance to make the playoffs. All they need is San Diego to lose to KC and the Steelers are in.
— Scott Abraham (@S_Abraham_16) December 29, 2013
Fans and everyone involved with the Pittsburgh Steelers team were rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Chargers in order to give them a spot in the NFL playoffs this year. However, things did not go their way, and the Chargers ended up going to overtime to beat the Chiefs.
The result of the game between the Chiefs and Chargers has also created a great amount of controversy for fans, as it was stated by the NFL in a statement today that the Chargers should have been penalized for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop with four seconds left in regulation.
If Succop would have been able to make that kick, then the Chiefs would have won the game, giving the Chargers a record of 8-8, and sending the Pittsburgh Steelers to the playoffs. Instead, the Chargers were able to win in overtime, and prevented the Steelers from playing in the post-season, clinching a playoff berth for themselves instead.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be one of the teams in the AFC left out of the playoffs again, and will be forced to watch from home as the other teams fight for a spot in the Super Bowl. The Steelers had gone 6-2 in their last 8 games, but after starting the season 2-6, they did not do enough to make the playoffs this year.
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— Zachary Ramirez (@Zack_Loves_MAC) December 30, 2013
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