In the end, the victory over the Cleveland Browns did not matter for the Pittsburgh Steelers. By virtue of the Baltimore Ravens' win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers found themselves locked in as the AFC's fifth seed.
The game may have been costly for the Steelers, as neither Ben Roethlisberger or Maurkice Pouncey got a chance to rest their high-ankle sprains, and Rashard Mendenhall (right knee) and Cortez Allen (right arm) both left with injuries and did not return.
As a result, Pittsburgh's all-in effort at having a chance at a home playoff game may have, in hindsight, not been worth the risk in some eyes. However, I do believe that Mike Tomlin made the right decisions in the end.
Roethlisberger got time to work off the rust, and did he ever have some rust, and the offensive line got one more test run as a unit before the playoffs.
Pittsburgh will enter the playoffs winning six of their last seven games. They will play the AFC West champion Denver Broncos in the Wild Card round next weekend.
But before we look ahead to the playoffs, here is one last look at the positional grade report for regular season as the Steelers closed out the season with a 13-9 victory over the Browns.