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Steelers looking at long road to playoffs after loss to Ravens

  • Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is unable to hold on to the ball for a 2-point conversion as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is unable to hold on to the ball for a 2-point conversion as he is pressured by Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown in the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 22-20. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is assisted off the field after injuring himself during a play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is assisted off the field after injuring himself during a play in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Steelers need to put together a perfect December if they want to entertain any thoughts of making the playoffs.

Pittsburgh's three-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt in a 22-20 loss to Baltimore on Thursday night. The defeat looked similar to the games the Steelers (5-7) dropped early in the season. They fell behind early, failed to produce sacks or turnovers and saw a late rally come up just short.

Pittsburgh plays three of its final four games at home starting next week with Miami. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell declined to speak to reporters on Friday. Bell left the game in the fourth quarter after losing his helmet following a hit at the goal line.

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