While Steeler fans will go to sleep upset over a Sunday loss to the Jets, take notice that the team is officially going to be playing past January 2nd, their final regular season game of 2010 in Cleveland.
Yes, the Steelers have clinched at worst a wild card birth in the AFC, this after they were told after the game that they have clinched due to strength of victory.
Of course the Steelers are looking for so much more instead of just a wild card. If the Steelers can top the 2-12 Panthers Thursday and at Heinz Field and then win in Cleveland against the slumping Browns on January 2nd, they would win the division over the Ravens based on a better division record (5-1 vs. 4-2).
Then, because the there are no teams in either the AFC South or the AFC West with fewer than five losses already, the Steelers would finish as the #2 seed in the conference and get a first-round bye, playing their first home game at Heinz Field on either January 15th or 16th.