CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws to a receiver as Ramon Foster #73 blocks defensive lineman Phil Taylor #98 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Steelers nearly won the AFC North this year, but where does that put them in the final editions of the NFL Power Rankings?
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the AFC North this year, but they are one of a handful of teams that are on their way to the Playoffs. 12 teams make the Playoffs each year, and despite having to play on the opening weekend, the Steelers still rank in the top half. SB Nation just put together the year end version of their 2012 NFL Power Rankings, and they have the Steelers knocking on the top-5 doorstep at No. 6. Here is their rationale.
Same old Pittsburgh. Wouldn't be surprised to see them in the Super Bowl again. They're so consistently good, year in and year out.
Because of their history, the Steelers have to be considered a favorite to get to the Super Bowl. Maybe not a favorite, but I don't think anyone would be surprised to see them there yet again.
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