Bengals fail to capitalize on Steelers loss; AFC wildcard race constricting

The Pittsburgh Steelers were dominated by the San Diego Chargers today, but the Bengals, who were tied with the Steelers for the last playoff spot coming into the game, couldn't capitalize, losing to the Cowboys after leading most of the game.

With the losses by the Steelers and the Bengals, the Jets are suddenly right back in the wildcard race, just a game back with three to play.

The Jets were able to hang on in Jacksonville to claim a 17-10 victory on the back of a quiet, but efficient, performance by Mark Sanchez.

Despite the Jets win and the losses of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, New York is still hoping for plenty of help to sneak into the playoffs. The Steelers still have a game to play against the Bengals. The Steelers won their first meeting, giving them the inside track to the postseason.

In other AFC North news, the Ravens dropped an overtime matchup to the Washington Redskins, but with the defeat of the Steelers and Bengals, the AFC North crown is now all but in the bag for Baltimore. Their hope of claiming the AFC's second seed in the playoffs, however, is a different story.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.

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