The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns needing a victory and help from the Buffalo Bills to make the postseason.
They got just that. A 28-12 victory over Cleveland and a Bills victory over the Jets put the Steelers in the postseason as the No. 6 seed in the AFC.
“We’re excited because after we knew we had this one,” said Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “Thanks to (Buffalo Head Coach Rex) Coach Ryan and the rest of the Bills and everybody in Buffalo. I know they’re excited about 8-8 and we’re excited that they got us in.”
Roethlisberger was asked if the fans gave him indication they made the playoffs.
“I was either on the field or on the sideline. I heard cheering and looked because I thought there was a fight or a Steelers fan beating up a Browns fan or something (laughter),” he said. “I kind of assumed what was going on.”
Head coach Mike Tomlin knows what his team needs to work on heading into next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We have an excited locker room in there and rightfully so. It’s been a tough-16 week fight for us, but we’re where we want to be,” he said. “We’re where we need to be. We have an opportunity like the others in the field, and for that, we’re grateful. We recognize that we’re not perfect. We have to run the ball better than we did today if we want to stay in this tournament for any length of time.
“We have to take care of the ball better than we did today if we want to stay in this tournament for any length of time. But we’ll worry about those things as we start preparation tomorrow. Right now, we’re just enjoying what we’ve been able to accomplish to this point and we’ll proceed appropriately from there.”
The Steelers hope running back DeAngelo Williams will be able to go next week after he left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
“We don’t know the extent of that,” said Tomlin. “We’ll evaluate him. We’ll put the best group that we can together and go into January football which is obviously something we’re excited about.”