The Pittsburgh Steelers will be returning to the playoffs to challenge the New England Patriots in the AFC. Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds left, helping PIttsburgh clinch the AFC North with a 31-27 win over the Ravens Sunday night. It is their second division title in three years, as they also eliminated Baltimore from playoff contention. Brown finished with 10 catches for 96 yards, joining Marvin Harrision as the only players to record four-straight 100-reception seasons. Le'Veon Bell ran for 122 yards and a score, while Roethlisberger threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Steelers have now won six in a row, and will be the No. 3 seed in the AFC, hosting a Wild Card team on January 7th or 8th.
Chiefs Take Down Broncos, Clinch Playoff Berth
The Kansas City Chiefs secured their playoff spot on Sunday night, while also keeping their AFC West title hopes alive, with a 33-10 victory against the Denver Broncos. Travis Kelce led the way with 11 catches for 160 yards and a score, while Tyreek Hill ran for 65 yards and a touchdown in the win. The 160 yards are a career high for Kelce, who recorded his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season, which is tied for most in Chiefs' franchise history. Kansas City now needs to win next week against San Diego, and have Oakland lose, to claim their first division title since 2010. The Chiefs' Sunday night win also helped the Miami Dolphins clinch their first playoff berth since 2008, and eliminated the Denver Broncos from contention.
Cavs Rally Past Warriors in Finals Rematch
The Finals rematch on Christmas Day lived up to the hype in every possible way, as it was Kyrie Irving's go-ahead shot with 3.4 seconds left that completed the Cavaliers' comeback for a 109-108 win over the Warriors. Cleveland trailed by as many as 14 in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers did to the Warriors what they did last June in Game 7, and that's survive. LeBron James had 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Irving finished with 25, and Kevin Love added 20, as they improved to 23-6. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 36 points in a losing effort, and stumbled to the ground with the ball in the final seconds of the loss. The Warriors dropped to 27-5 on the season, with three of those losses coming on the road. The Cavs have been protecting their home floor all season long, going 16-2 at home.