Pittsburgh Locks Up AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell slips the tackles of Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, left and Eric Weddle rear for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh Sunday Dec. 10 20

Pittsburgh Locks Up AFC North

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and a Baltimore defense that led the National Football League in takeaways didn't get any. Shazier, who is expected to stay at the hospital for an undisclosed period, has remained upbeat throughout the week, several Steelers have said.

"This one hurts", Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said.

Shazier, who's been in the hospital since injuring his spine in the first quarter of last week's victory over Cincinnati, told his teammates to finish the work he helped start. Dozens of Steelers wore black T-shirts featuring the No. 50 with a yellow circle around it. Linebacker James Harrison stretched on the field with his shirt off, which was Shazier's famous pregame routine. "Any time you can bring something to him that brings him some type of joy, some type of happiness, that's good". Baltimore beat the Browns 24-10 on September 17.

"We are going to give him the hat and T-shirt tonight", good friend and fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams said. "This is going to sting for a while, especially for the guys on defense because we care so much".

The Ravens certainly didn't meet it after giving up 545 yards to the Steelers. All eight of their scoring drives went at least 50 yards, including two of 80 or more. "That's kind of been our thing all year, consistency".

After facing winless Cleveland on the road Sunday, Baltimore hosts Indianapolis (3-13) on December 23 before wrapping up with Cincinnati (5-8) at home on December 31. He had his best game of the season before leaving with a shoulder injury.

"You act like they're coming in with Kryptonite, Superman and Batman and Avatars and stuff", Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey said.

The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier - and wrapped up the AFC North in the process.

But in a insane up-and-down season in which the Ravens started 2-0, slumped to 4-5 and then won three in a row, they're still in the playoff hunt. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and Le'Veon Bell scored three touchdowns as Pittsburgh rallied by Baltimore 39-38. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the loss what that a defense that has already registered three shutouts this season didn't force a punt in the first half and allowed Roethlisberger to throw for 228 yards in the fourth quarter alone. Boswell has hit four game-winning field goals in the final minute in four of Pittsburgh's past five games.

Tight end Vance McDonald was the only in-game injury of note. "So you've got to find a way to roll with the punches even though it may be a haymaker, got to find a way to recover". "But it's the guys who don't get the credit always that are the ones making the plays".

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