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New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction: AFC Playoff Hopefuls Meet in the Steel City

Both teams are weathering key injuries with Patriots hoping for a road victory to avoid rare 0-2 start.

In years past when the Patriots and Steelers met, there would be massive playoff implications on the line. Seeding, home-field advantage, or even a Super Bowl.

Those playoff implications remain when these teams meet on Sunday at Acrisure Stadium (formerly Heinz Field). But they will both be fighting for a chance at a wild-card spot instead.

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Although each team made the playoffs last season, they went out with a whimper and got outscored by a combined 38-89 in the Wild Card Round. Getting back will be tricky, especially with such uncertainty at quarterback.