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Sunday Night Football open thread: Steelers at Bills

The AFC playoff picture could shift after tonight’s game.

Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The AFC playoff picture is heating up on Sunday Night Football. The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers are both destined for the playoffs this year, but tonight’s game could weigh heavily on positions.

Pittsburgh enters this game after a heartbreaking loss to Washington, a loss that ended their chase for perfection. A record of 11-1 is still among the best in the league, but Pittsburgh is hoping to steal the top seed from the 12-1 Chiefs. With the reworked playoff format, only the first seed gets a bye. Given that the 12-4 Patriots and 13-3 Saints lost in the Wild Card round last year, surviving one week longer in the playoffs is a huge benefit. Pittsburgh boasts the league’s top defense, and though the offense is middling, they have a talented core around Ben Roethlisberger.

The Bills defense is not as formidable as it has been in previous years, but the offense has taken a significant step forward under Josh Allen. Though Zach Moss and Devin Singletary have had modest success out of the backfield, Stefon Diggs is proving to be well worth his trade cost. At 9-3, they look primed to win the NFC East for the first time since 1995, but the Dolphins aren’t too far behind.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Bills Stadium - Orchard Park, NY
TV: NBC
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sidelines)
Online: NBCSports.com