Hines Ward: "Putting Baltimore out, it couldn't get any greater"

Never one to hold back his distaste for the Ravens, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward tossed a couple jabs at his team's arch rival after Pittsburgh's 31-24 win today.

Here are a few of them:

On the game: "We stayed the course and we found a way to win. And what a better way to win and put Baltimore out of the tournament. They asked for us and they kept asking for us. Sometimes, like my momma always said, 'Be careful what you ask for.' It seems like every time we get into the playoffs, they keep wanting to play us. At the end of the day, they have to worry about this loss the whole offseason. Hats off to them, they are still a great team. It's a great win for our organization and for our team, and win the AFC Championship game."

On his unnecessary roughness penalty on Ed Reed early in the game: "I got a roughness call and I had four guys beating me up. I love it. That's what it is all about. Ed Reed and I have our battles. No disrespect to Ed. He probably thinks it's a little personal. But it's playoffs. Loser goes home. So why sit there and save it? I am going to go out there and fight, scratch and claw to win a ballgame. If Ed takes it personal, so be it. It's the playoffs. Like I said, the loser goes home. So I am going out there and fighting my tail off to help my guys get open or open up a huge run. Some guys don't particularly like the way I go after guys, so the first personal foul call was just funny because I had four guys beating me up under the pile. And I come out with the personal foul. It wasn't even offsetting. I just chuckled about it."

On the physical nature of the game: "They always pride themselves on bullying guys, bullying people. They always do all the trash-talking. They have been trash-talking all week, how they want to break Ben's nose again and stuff like that. Sometimes, when you are fighting the bully, you just have to hit them in the mouth and you shut them up. And today, to come back the way we did, the way we fought throughout the whole game speaks volumes about our team."

On moving on in the playoffs: "We will enjoy this one tonight. Because putting Baltimore out and having them to think about us all offseason, it couldn't get any greater than that."

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