The Pittsburgh Steelers did their part to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Baltimore Ravens 17-10 on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Pittsburgh (10-7) will still have to wait for the results of some games before claiming victory. Three stages were then offered to Mike Tomlin’s company.
Chronologically, the Steelers could clinch their spot for January football if the Indianapolis Colts (9-8) and Houston Texans (10-7) tie on Saturday night. The Texans’ 23-19 victory erased this possibility for the Steel City representatives.
Although this scenario is no longer possible, the Steelers will still be able to make the playoffs with a loss or a tie for the Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7) against the Tennessee Titans (5-11) on Sunday afternoon.
If this scenario can’t happen, Pittsburgh can still believe in it if the Miami Dolphins (11-5) manage to defeat the Buffalo Bills (10-6) on Sunday night. If neither of these two scenarios come to pass, the Steelers will have to skip the playoffs despite their 10-6 record.
To give themselves these opportunities to believe in it, the Steelers took advantage of a strong performance by Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson on offense to defeat the Ravens (13-4). Harris carried the ball 26 times for 112 rushing yards and scored a rushing touchdown. It was Harris’ second straight 100+ yard game. Before these two meetings, Harris had not achieved such a feat since the 1is January 2023. For his part, Johnson scored a long 71-yard touchdown through the air in the fourth quarter to allow his team to make the difference.
Mason Rudolph signed his third win in as many starts at the head of the Steelers attack. Against the Ravens, he completed 90% of his passes (18 of 20) for gains of 152 yards and a touchdown pass. However, he lost a ball.
The Steelers saw the mainstay of their defense, TJ Watt, leave the game after a collision between him and Montravius Adams. Watt appeared to injure his knee. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Watt suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) and is expected to miss at least a few weeks of activities.
With this victory, Mike Tomlin surpassed the legendary Bill Cowher with a 10my season of 10 or more wins at the helm of Pittsburgh.