Steelers snap losing streak to win AFC North title

Ending a three-game losing streak on Sunday with a dramatic 28-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched an AFC North title in the process.

It's the Steelers' first division crown since 2017, which was also the last year in which Pittsburgh advanced to the playoffs. The Steelers could have clinched the division the Monday prior, but lost in startling fashion to the Cincinnati Bengals for their third setback in a row.

"We're excited about the hats and the T-shirts. We've been waiting to put them on for a few weeks now," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the win, via NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

A season ago, the Steelers' playoff hopes extended to the final week of the season before they came up short of punching their postseason ticket.

This time around, the Steelers clinched their return trip to the postseason in Week 15 after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Miami Dolphins and have now picked up a division crown with the stage set following an 11-0 start to the season, which was the franchise's finest of all-time.

Despite losing on Dec. 13 to the Buffalo Bills, the Steelers (12-3) had already clinched a playoff berth after losses by the Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders that week. Now, the Steelers have finally earned some postseason acclaim by way of a victory.

Pittsburgh is the third AFC team to sew up a division, following the Chiefs and Bills.

It's the seventh division title for the Steelers during Tomlin's tenure, which began in 2007.

The Steelers will close out the regular season against the rival Browns, who are still clinging to playoff hopes after an upset loss to the Jets.

Will Tomlin rest his players or go for the win? He was mum on Sunday, circling back to his excitement in regard to donning championship attire.

"We'll ponder those possibilities in the morning," Tomlin said. "Tonight, we'll wear our hats and T-shirts."

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