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12-26-2010, 10:55 PM
By James Walker ESPN:

CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers always find a way to make things interesting for each other.

Pittsburgh hoped the Ravens would lose Sunday to the Cleveland Browns so it could clinch the AFC North and a first-round bye. Instead, Baltimore beat the Browns 20-10 in Cleveland, leaving the division up for grabs going into the final weekend of the regular season.

With a better division record, Pittsburgh (11-4) holds the tiebreaker over the Ravens (11-4). If Pittsburgh loses to the Browns in Cleveland in Week 17 and the Ravens beat the Bengals, Baltimore will win the AFC North and be seeded second. Pittsburgh, winners of five of its past six, lost to the Browns in Cleveland last season.

"I know the chances of that probably aren't that great," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of the possibility of the Browns beating the Steelers. "We also know that is a good football team here [the Browns] that we just played."

The Browns (5-10) have lost three straight games: to Baltimore, the Buffalo Bills and Bengals. Cleveland committed four turnovers against Baltimore and is playing its worst football of the season. Browns coach Eric Mangini is on the hot seat, which could be a distraction heading into the final game.

The Steelers face a huge question: Should it play ailing safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles tendon) against Cleveland? He probably won't be 100 percent this week. Polamalu was injured and didn't play against the Browns last season.

Regardless of what happens, the Steelers and Ravens will be dangerous in the playoffs. The Ravens clinched a playoff berth for the third consecutive year under Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco.