HOUSTON — The Houston Oilers kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the team they will be cheering for next weekend.
Warren Moon threw two touchdown passes to Drew Hill as the Oilers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-16, Sunday.
The Oilers (8-6) needed the victory to retain any chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 1980.
The Steelers (8-6) entered the game tied with Cleveland atop the AFC Central Division. They play the Browns, whom they trail by a game, next Saturday at Pittsburgh, and can still qualify for the playoffs as a wild-card team.
The Oilers can win their first Central Division title if they beat Cincinnati in the Astrodome next Sunday and Pittsburgh defeats Cleveland.
Sunday's game included a third-quarter fight that led to the ejection of three players--Houston's Doug Smith and Richard Byrd and Pittsburgh's Frank Pollard. Houston Coach Jerry Glanville and Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll exchanged words after the game.