The AFC North and a first round bye were on the line as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns by a final score of 41-9 in a clash that would set the road map to Super Bowl XLV.
The Steelers had already clinches a playoff spot coming into the game, but the only thing separating the Steelers and Ravens atop the AFC North was Pittsburgh’s better divisional record. In order to secure the division and a much needed first round bye the Steelers had to beat the Browns in order to assure that the Ravens could not overtake them with a win of their own.
Two plays into the game, Pittsburgh had already intercepted Colt McCoy and thrown a 56-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace, setting the all time Steelers’ record for touchdown passes of 40 yards or more (8) by any tandem.
By game’s end, the Steelers seemed to do no wrong as they beat the Browns by 32 points. The Steelers brought much clarity to the playoff picture and what they are capable of doing as we look at the Week 17 version of “The Good, Bad, and Ugly”.