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Steelers Postgame Quotes

Pittsburgh Steelers players comment on their 33-10 win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, November 30, 2008.

Willie Parker, Running Back
(On coming into the game running the ball with the weather)
"I wasn't really excited. I don't like weather like that honestly. As a running back, knowing that you're going into the game running the ball, that's the biggest thrill of your day, we just went in there and took the life out of them.

(On easing him back into the game)
"It really worked, I came out great and I feel good. I am not where I need to be, but I feel a lot better. I never thought I would be happy with something like that, I think that is the perfect thing for me right now, it's a good thing for the team, helping this team out."

(On how big this win was)
"It's definitely big. I haven't [beaten] New England since I have been here, since I have been playing. I think we beat them my first year, but I didn't play though. I think it was a real big win for the team, a real big confidence and momentum boost."

(On the psychological hurdle of beating the Patriots)
"I don't know about psychological, I just know we hadn't been getting the job done, probably four years in a row. It's just great to come out and beat them at their place and beat them the way we did."

(On having more offense to give)
"We still have more offense. Our defense really does a lot for us offensively."

(On playing the Patriots )
"The thing about it, Coach Belichick he got those boys respecting my speed and if I get the ball and if it even looks like I am going outside, they are jetting outside and it leaves so many holes up the middle that I can hit. The offensive line, they did a great job today, moving those guys back, moving [Vince Wilfork] back, that was just a plus for us. There were a lot of cutbacks, I stayed front side a lot too."

Keyaron Fox, Linebacker
(On the fumble recovery)
"I did not know where the ball ended up, but it obviously was in striking distance. The offense took advantage of that and put it in the end zone."

(On the momentum change)
"I did not even make it off the field before half the offensive line came out there and was jumping on me. Everybody kind of rallied off that."

Mewelde Moore, Running Back
(On the running game)
"We were just making the proper adjustments so that we could get the ball moving. When we finally got some creases and some seams, we just pounded the ball, and making guys miss. That was what really helped us gain momentum. The offensive line did a heck of a job."

(On both running backs)
"We were given the opportunity to do what we needed to do. We understand what our jobs are, what our roles are and doing the things we need to do."

Ryan Clark, Safety
(On the hit on Wes Welker)
"It was not like I was trying to be cheap. Anybody that comes across [the middle] it is my job to tackle them. The ball got tipped, but he said I should not have left my feet. I do not know how to control that. I talked to Kevin Faulk and apologized. I could not find Welker after the game to tell him I was not trying to be dirty."

Aaron Smith, Defensive End
(On the team and today's game)
"I think we are a kind of nicely boring team. We just come and find a way to win. It seems like each week it is a different group of guys that steps up and makes plays and that is what is carrying us through. We wanted to get some pressure on him (Cassel) and give him some different looks. I think we just made more plays then them today and in the past it has been them (Patriots) that has made those plays. They did not make them and we did this time. "

(On the weather)
"We like playing in this kind of weather. It forces you to run the ball a little bit and we can get after you. It is hard to throw the ball and when you do pick it up and throw it is hard to catch."

Deshea Townsend, Cornerback
(On the defensive play)
"The secondary played well, I think I played well and the game played out well. The match ups that we played, it worked well for us. We stopped them from getting up the field and when you can do that to their offense it will work out well for you.

(On James Harrison)
"He is great. He is one of those guys that is a true professional and has worked his way to being a great player. If he keeps doing that, the sky is the limit. This year is just a true testament of what he did last year was not a fluke.

Justin Hartwig, Center
(On the running game)
"We have thrown the ball a little more than in the past. We have leaned a little more on the pass. We have to be able to run it when the opportunities are there and today we were able to do that. We want to instill confidence in our coordinator to dial up those run plays and get it done. Tonight, I think we did that. I think we wore them down a little bit In the fourth quarter we got some big chunks in the running game. We had a lot of big passes and big run plays. We would go for four or five yards and then we would break off a big one. We stuck with the running game and we did what we needed to do in the end. "

LaMarr Woodley, Linebacker
(On difference between 1st and 2nd half)
"Turnovers. James Harrison had two forced fumbles and a sack. When you have plays like that, you are going to win games."

(On impact of weather)
"There was a lot of dropped balls out there. They had a few opportunities to score and they dropped the ball."

(On beating the Patriots in Foxborough)
"It definitely feels good. We haven't won here in years and to come out here and get a win like this feels great"

Hines Ward, Wide Receiver
(On importance of win to stay ahead of Baltimore)
"We're not worried about Baltimore. We worry about us. Everyone else has to catch up to us. We've had the hardest schedule in the league and we're nine and three."

(On play of defense)
"Very nice. It wasn't just the defense; it was also the special teams. Once we got the short field and went down and scored, the defense started to build on that."

(On weather)
"We're the Pittsburgh Steelers, we play in this stuff every other weekend. You can't worry about that, it is what it is. We just made more plays than they did in the weather. They turned the ball over and we didn't."

James Harrison, Linebacker
(On sack and strip of Matt Cassel)
"I was on the blind side of the quarterback and I just reached for the ball and just happened to get through."

(On reason for additional pressure in second half)
"They had to start passing the ball and we didn't have to sit back and try and guess what they were doing. We just pinned our ears back and went at them."

(On setting team tandem sack record with LaMarr Woodley)
"It feels real good, but that's not the end of it. We're trying to raise that total to 30-plus."

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