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Steelers somehow still alive for playoffs

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The math remains tricky. The circumstances remain less than ideal.

And yet, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still alive for the playoffs entering the final week of the season. The same team that started 0-4. The same team that appeared in need of a franchise-wide overhaul after a 55-31 pounding in New England that dropped the Steelers to 2-6 in late-October. The same team that let Miami score 34 points in the snow two weeks ago.

Yep, that's the team that can say the word postseason with a straight face after a frantic 38-31 win at Green Bay on Sunday.

"Isn't that crazy?" defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We still are breathing and we're going to continue to fight. We've got one more that we've got to win to even have a shot and that will be our focus."

Pittsburgh (7-8) will meet Cleveland (4-11) on Sunday.

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