Pittsburgh did its part.
- With one-third of Pittsburgh's roster set to become unrestricted free agents, even a playoff berth shouldn't prevent change for one the NFL's oldest defenses. Troy Polamalu -- set to count $10 million against next year's cap -- is no sure bet to be back, while Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood and Jason Worilds all might be playing elsewhere next season.
- Props to Antonio Brown, who came into the season facing questions about his ability to be a No. 1 receiver, only to finish with 110 catches and a highlight reel of grabs in big spots for the Steelers. Without the benefit of Mike Wallace drawing double teams, Brown -- the NFL's second-leading receiver with 1,499 yards -- still produced weekly.
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- For all the early-season love heaped on this Browns defense, they crumbled down the stretch, failing to rush the passer and allowing a whopping 406 points on the season. We don't doubt defensive coordinator Ray Horton's talents, but he didn't milk the best out of his players.
- Cleveland (4-12) might be starting over ... again. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that coach Rob Chudzinskilikely will be fired after just one season with the team, according to a Browns source. The firing could happen Sunday night rather than Monday morning. If Chud goes, NFL Media's Albert Breer believes that Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would sit atop Cleveland's wish list.