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Steelers unable to host fans at playoff game against Browns Sunday night

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 16:52:56-05

PITTSBURGH — While the Pittsburgh Steelers have home field advantage for the playoff game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday night at Heinz Field, they won’t have fans in attendance, Pittsburgh announced on Thursday.

The Steelers had attempted to receive approval from the state to host fans at a capacity similar to the games they played with fans in October and November, but the state would only permit a total of 2,500 people in the building, the team said.

Due to the capacity restrictions, with the number of players, coaches and staff, fans in the seating area will be limited to family and friends of the players and team, according to the Steelers.

Those who purchased individual tickets for Sunday night's game will receive further communication from their point-of-sale, the Steelers said.

A lack of fans is a major update to the match-up, and the Browns will likely take any advantage they can as they prepare to play in their first playoff game in 18 years without a few key players, staff and head coach Kevin Stefanski, as they tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unavailable for Sunday’s game.

The Browns kick things off against the Steelers on Sunday night at 8:15 p.m.

RELATED: Browns' Stefanski positive for COVID-19, out of playoff game

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · Sun, 1/17, 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)