For everybody who is curious to know how they qualified just found this posted on the CBS sports website which is the best site to look for playoff scenarios and breakdowns so here it is below...

YES...PIT has clinched a playoff spot. They accomplished that by clinching strength of victory (SOV) tiebreaker over both JAC and SD. They needed either TEN or CIN to win to be the easiest way to clinch over JAC in the early games...and both occurred. With those wins and other results, PIT needed an ATL win and OAK win (DEN loss) to clinch SOV over SD. They got both again.

The only other teams that can be matched up with PIT at 10-6 would be NYJ (losing out) and KC (KC goes 1-1 while SD wins out and wins division over KC by either division record [if KC loss is to OAK] or common opponents [if KC loss is to TEN]). KC would be beaten in nearly every tiebreaker based on a 6-6 conf record (they do have a H2H win over JAC, but that doesn't help here with PIT). And JAC and SD or KC can't use NYJ to get in over PIT in multi-team tiebreaker.

Here is the Steelers playoff scenario this week going into the Panthers game...

Steelers have clinched playoff spot and will clinch AFC North title and first-round bye with WIN over Carolina Thursday night and a Ravens loss at Cleveland on Sunday.