The Steelers have four games left, and despite the wound to their postseason hopes inflicted by Thursday’s loss to the Ravens, Pittsburgh isn’t talking about just playing out the string. The Steelers apparently still hear the faint heartbeat of playoff life.
“We’re going to keep fighting right now,” linebacker Lawrence Timmons said, as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re not going to give up; this team never gives up. This is the type of fight us as an organization always has, so we’re going to stay optimistic.”
Offensive lineman Ramon Foster said after Thursday’s defeat: “We’re going to keep on fighting for one of those playoff spots. We can’t worry about this game.”
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Foster was asked whether the Steelers would entertain the notion that their playoff chances already were gone. “Never, never, it’s not even a question,” he said.
It’s not a question that the Steelers need to win every one of their remaining games — against the (in order) Dolphins, Bengals, Packers and Browns — to finish 9-7. Pittsburgh would need lots of help in the crowded field for the second wild-card spot.
“We have to finish, win every one,” Foster said. “End of story right there.”
Even if, realistically, their story for this season already has ended.