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What They're Saying: Pittsburgh Steelers


On playing the Patriots...

"It's always a big game. They're the best for a reason and everyone wants to go after them. They are fun, they are physical, a big challenge for us. It hasn't been a big challenge for them, but for us it has been."

- Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

"This is playoff football for us right now. We have to win this game no matter what."

- Steelers Tight End Jesse James

"The Patriots are one of the best teams for a reason. We are not the only team that has issues with them. They're that good. The past is the past, we can only focus on this week."

- Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

"Sunday is coming. We're excited about an opportunity to compete and get this negative taste out of our mouth, as I am sure New England is."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

"It's going to be high stakes. It's going to be a big-time atmosphere. Excited about it. And look forward to more importantly this week's preparation for the opponent. A lot of work to be done."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

On the Patriots defense...

"They are a good defense that gets after you. They make quarterback's days frustrating because they are bringing pressure. They are throwing some really unique looks. We know they are an all-around good football team."

- Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

"They do what it is they need to do. You can't stop all things all the time. They're a formidable bunch. They've got veteran players. They've got really good schematics. They're a tough nut to crack."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

On Tom Brady...

"You know, he's Tom Brady, man. He's capable of controlling and dominating the game, obviously, and he needs no endorsement from me. The minutia of specifically what's on tape is probably less significant than his capabilities and impact on play."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

On Rob Gronkowski...

"Gronk has missed some time this year but he's finding his rhythm. He has been playing the last several weeks. You know the matchup issue he is for everybody globally and he is, and has been, for us in the past. We'll be thoughtful about putting together a plan to minimize him and his impact on the game. When you play a guy like him it's going to take multiple people and multiple techniques. As far as stopping him, it's not as easy as A-B-C. We haven't been a part of it. We're looking to be."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

"He's a dangerous man. He's Gronk. He's a vertical matchup. He's a big-time play-maker. He's good with the ball in his hands after the catch. He's a big-time competitor. It is a serious job to work to minimize his impact on the game."

- Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

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