PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: John Clay #38 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs in for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the first half during the Christmas Eve game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Steelers could potentially earn home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Sunday. The 4-11 Cleveland Browns, meanwhile, simply hope to save some face from what has been yet another disappointing season.
Plenty is at stake for the Pittsburgh Steelers when they visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Pittsburgh can secure a first round bye should they win and the Baltimore Ravens lose. Pittsburgh could earn the AFC's top seed and home field advantage throughout the postseason with the addition of a New England Patriots loss to the Buffalo Bills. Foremost is taking care of the Browns, a team that, on paper, the Steelers should handle.
At 4-11, the only thing left for the Browns is to possibly save some face with a win Sunday. They have yet to beat any of their divisional foes this season, and are currently riding a five-game losing streak. The last two of those losses have come with Seneca Wallace under center, with Colt McCoy out with a concussion suffered the last time the Browns met the Steelers.
The Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger last week, but still managed a 27-0 beat down of the St. Louis Rams with Charlie Batch under center. Roethlisberger is expected to play on his injured ankle this week, though whether he is at full strength remains to be seen. Against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago he hobbled his way to four turnovers with no touchdowns in a 20-3 loss.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, January 1; 4:15 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Steelers: WDVE 102.5 FM, 970 ESPN
Browns: WMMS 100.7 FM, WTAM 1100 AM