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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