BEREA, OHIO, DEC. 25 -- If playing the Pittsburgh Steelers is not enough motivation all by itself, the Cleveland Browns say they have plenty of other reasons for wanting to win their regular-season finale Saturday.

"This is why you get in this business, to play in big games, to play in a meaningful game at the end of the season," said Coach Marty Schottenheimer.

A victory over the Steelers would give the Browns their third straight AFC Central Division title and also would ensure them of at least one home game in the playoffs. A victory at Pittsburgh coupled with a loss by the Denver Broncos would give the Browns the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"We'd like to have the home-field advantage, if not all the way through, then at least for the first game," running back Earnest Byner said. "But just going out to play the game gets a lot out of these guys, because we just love to play."

The game is no less important to the Steelers, who could still get into the playoffs as a wild-card team with a victory over Cleveland and some good fortune with the outcomes of several other games. In fact, it is possible the Steelers could end up playing the Browns at Cleveland in the wild-card game Jan. 3.

Byner's four-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of last season's game at Pittsburgh gave the Browns a 27-24 victory, their first ever in Three Rivers Stadium after 16 straight losses.

"I don't think it {the end of the losing streak} was a big deal, really," Schottenheimer said. "I'm not sure it'll have much effect, except there won't be as much to write about and talk about as far as a jinx."

A tangible benefit of a division title would be an extra week off to prepare for the playoffs, since the Browns then would be able to bypass the wild-card round.

"To me, that might be the most important thing -- to get that week off and get everybody healthy," Hairston said.