The upcoming match between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably the most anticipated match this Christmas primarily due to what's at stake for these teams. The result of this game could determine who would take the AFC North title.
Right now, the Steelers are leading the division with a record of 9 to 5 with the Ravens trailing behind them at 8-6. If the Steelers win the match on Christmas, they will be able to claim the AFC North title as well as a playoff berth, according to Steelers.com.
For the Ravens, on the other hand, they will get the chance to dethrone the Steelers as the top seed of the season if they win. But, in order to win the AFC North crown, they will still have to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals and settle a tie-breaker match against Pittsburgh.
For these two teams, the upcoming match probably already feels like the Super Bowl as it will determine their postseason fate. Sure, the Ravens have a tougher road ahead compared to the Steelers, who have the winless Cleveland Browns as their final opponent in the regular season, but Baltimore is prepared to go through this in order to reach the playoffs.
"This is what you live for," safety Eric Weddle said. "It's all the hours, all the sacrifice, all the time, it's for a chance to win the division and get into the dance."
"You hope and dream every day you're getting up at 6 a.m. or 5 a.m., you don't see your kids - it's for this chance, and it's all worth it," he added. "We'll be ready to roll. Nothing more out there for us than to have a chance at the division against the rival team. It's going to be amazing."
Fans can surely expect to see an exciting game on Christmas between these two teams. The Ravens, who will be entering the game as the underdog, will have to go through the Steelers' tough defense if they want to turn the tables on Pittsburgh.
As for the upcoming match, it will be held on Dec. 25 at 4:40 p.m. EST at Heinz Field.