Carson Coleman, Staff Writer

What does it mean to be undefeated in the NFL? Well, it literally means that you haven’t lost any games this season. It could mean that you are a great team or it could mean very little. Undefeated could mean you’ve won everything and gone 16-0, or it could mean that the season just started and you are 2-0.

The closer a team gets to an undefeated season, the better chance they have at making playoffs. According to Action Sports ratings, the Steelers had a 67.07% chance at making the playoffs in 2020. As of today, November 2, 2020, and the day after the Steelers have gone 7-0 by beating the Ravens, their playoff percentage is 99% according to ESPN.

The 1934 Chicago Bears, the 1942 Chicago Bears, and the 2007 New England Patriots have all had undefeated regular seasons. None of them won a championship. The 1972 Dolphins are the only team to go 16-0 and also win the Super Bowl, cementing their team name as the only perfect team in NFL history.

On Sunday, November 1, 2020, the Pittsburgh Steelers clawed their way out of the depths of the 10 point deficit and came back to beat the Ravens 28-24. This kept the Steelers as the only undefeated team left in the league for the 2020 season.

This has tied the franchise record for the best start since 1978 when they also went 7-0. This year, they have stayed undefeated by absolutely obliterating the Browns off the face of the earth. They survived the Titans because the Titans missed a game-tying field goal, and they survived the Ravens from essential defensive play on a pass on the last play of the game by their safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick.

2020 is going to be an odd year for the playoffs. The fact that there will be little to no fans has to be weird for all the players, fans in the stadium, and fans watching at home. J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, said, “Listen, you can hear the blimp, that’s how quiet it is. It’s so awkward trying to adjust to no screaming fans.”

The NFL is allowing one extra slot in the playoffs as well. The AFC and NFC will each have seven playoff teams, but just the top seed from each conference will have a first-round buy in the playoffs. On wild-card weekend, the other 12 teams will play. The No. 2 seeds will host 7s, the No. 3 seeds will host 6s and the No. 4 seeds will host 5s. For this upcoming season, wild-card weekend will have three games on Saturday, Jan. 9 and three games on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Can the Steelers break their franchise record and continue to be undefeated? Can they bring home the title of possible perfection? Throughout this season Big Ben, T.J. Watt, and the Steelers have had one thing on their mind as they have clawed their way to 7-0 and counting. Super Bowl LV. Here We Go.