The Steelers ended the regular season with a match against Cleveland. The fight didn’t solve anything for Mike Tomlin’s team, so the head coach gave some of the main players a break, including starting quarterback Ben Rotlisberger. Despite the experimental squad and lack of motivation, the Steelers were close to upsetting their opponents, for whom the match, on the contrary, was of fundamental importance. As a result, Pittsburgh still lost 22:24, while remaining in first place in the AFC North division with a balance of 12-4.
Kevin Stefanski got the Browns to the playoffs for the first time in a thousand years. This is surprising and amazing, if only because for Stefansky this is not only the first season at the head of Cleveland, but in general the first experience of such work in the NFL. Previously, the mentor, who, by the way, is only 38, worked for 14 seasons at Minnesota, where he was a quarterback coach, a tight-end coach, and one season as an offensive coordinator. Cleveland had a hard time entering the wild card round. The Browns almost ruined everything themselves, losing to the New York Jets in week 16. But it’s good that it ends well – a victory over the Steelers in the last regular season match and a historic success. The Browns finished the season 11-5.