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What Steelers Said After Their Win at M&T Bank Stadium


Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(opening statement)
"Not a perfect game, but a great team effort by us. We're moving in the right direction in a lot of areas. Run game development, taking care of the football, but we still fall short in some areas. That's why it became the game that it became in a lot of ways. We have to do a better job of minimizing the run game. I thought we played the run game consistent, but you can't have popcorn occur. Those big runs, that field flipping play, was significant. That big run they had – we can't allow that to happen. We can't be a great defense when that happens.

"We have some work ahead of us, but man, it's great to enjoy this victory in a hostile environment. AFC North football, I thought our guys responded in the appropriate way. Not only to the environment; the opponent; but just largely, in part, the challenge all week. Just being able to stay focused and stay together and do the job professionals are called to do. I think they revealed a little bit about themselves in the midst of just the process of getting ready to play."

(on riding running back Le'Veon Bell with 35 carries)"Like we said last week, we felt comfortable with our play and readiness last week. The game circumstances just didn't allow what occurred today to occur. Often times that's the case. That's why we have to stay true to what we believe. The run game is no more effective today than it was last week. We just got more opportunity to snap it."

(on the interception)"No explanation needed. He didn't gain possession of the ball. The ball never touched the ground, so it was an interception."

(on winning in Baltimore)
"If we're good, some of those variables are less important. Opponent, game location, and really that's what we're striving for. We want to be the type of team that can win regardless of circumstance, location, opponent and so forth. But acknowledging where we are, it was a good performance today."

QB Ben Roethlisberger

(on the opening drive)
"We came in here with a game plan to run the ball as much as we could, and run it out of shotgun formations. On our first drive, our receivers blocked so well. That was a big drive for us. We got the ball at our 3-yard line and took the ball down field. I think we used up most of the first quarter. Even though we had to settle for a field goal, it gave us some momentum."

(on establishing the running game)
"Everybody knows this was going to be a physical football game. We thought it was important to establish the running game early. The drive helped us get Le'Veon going. He played well, but he is only one guy in a scheme. We also have to give credit to guys like [Chris] Hubbard and [B.J.] Finney, they played very well. Those were not easy yards that Le'Veon was getting."

(on how satisfying it is to win in Baltimore)
"It was very satisfying. It's the AFC North, it's here, and it's hostile. It's no secret that [the Ravens] have owned us here. It's a great rivalry, but I take it very personally. It's just very satisfying to come in here and win."

(on how he played)
"I am pretty hard on myself. I didn't make all the plays I could. We took what they gave us, and we knew they were going to try and take away big plays. My goal was not to turn the ball over, and the turnover we had was kind of strange. The officials said 'AB' never possessed the ball before contact. What really bothered me was that [Eric] Weddle intercepted it. He's a good friend of mine, but I didn't want him to make that play."

RB Le'Veon Bell

(on the Steelers running game)
"We did a good job sticking to the run. The offensive line kept digging at it. They blocked really well, and our wide receivers blocked really well. The holes got bigger as the game went on."

(on the first drive)
"That drive was huge for us. We consistently moved the ball. I'm not sure we expected to run the ball so much, but we had to. We were backed up at our 3-yard line, and we just kept moving down the field. I wish we could have scored a touchdown off that drive. It established a running game for us."

(on his first win in Baltimore)
"This is huge for us. Getting my first win in Baltimore is extra special. The Ravens are always tough against the run, and they played well. But we were able to win the game."

WR Antonio Brown

(on being upset on the sidelines during the game)
"We won the game today. (Reporter: "No issues, no problems?") It's like a kid being excited for Christmas. You work on it. You're expecting that play on that day. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, and you move on."

(on the offense in general)
"We got the win today. We haven't won here in five years. So, it was great to get the win today and take the lead in the division."

(on whether this game was the most frustrating he can remember)"I'm passionate about the game. Anytime you work as hard, and you expect something out of the play, and it goes the other way, you just get a little frustrated."

LB Ryan Shazier

(on his celebration after the interception)
"We're in Baltimore, and I wanted to celebrate Ray Lewis style. Our goal is to be the No. 1 defense, and Ray Lewis has a great legacy of being a great defensive player. Plus, he always had a great rivalry with the Steelers. At the same time, I tried to make the home team a little mad, because it feels pretty good to win."

(on his first win here)
"Beating the Ravens here is amazing. The rivalry is so big, and the teams know each other so well. We always give each other the best we have, and it feels great to come here and win."

DE Cameron Heyward

(on the win)
"It's a rivalry game, AFC North opponent. We love these games a lot. We just got the job done today, and it was against a quality opponent."

(on Baltimore being a tough place to get a win)
"They're a good team. They have a good, solid defense. They have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. We didn't play perfect. As a defense, we still gave up a long run. We've got to improve on that and keep challenging one another."

C Maurkice Pouncey

(on the running game and his pulling)
"I love it. It makes me feel young."

(on Bell)
"Honestly, he's the best in the league, and his numbers weren't showing it, so, obviously, there's been a lot of pressure on him to go out there and produce at a high level. We're real happy that he did it. We've got to do a better job of blocking on the inside and the perimeter for him to get big plays like that. We're going to keep working at it, and the good thing is that it's still early in the season, and we've got a long way to go."

(on the success of working on the perimeter)
"Sometimes, it's good to get the big guys moving inside. They're so used to taking on double-teams, and when you hit them around the edge, we have a lot of fast guys and a lot of playmakers that can see the hole and get up field."

CB Joe Haden

(on the Pittsburgh-Baltimore rivalry)
"It was exactly what I thought it would be. There was a lot of trash-talking. It's very, very competitive. They're both great teams that are kind of built from the same cloth, so it was just a battle."

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