Ravens fans won’t soon forget Ray Rice’s fumble against the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round. The loss can’t be blamed on Rice, but his fumble early in the third quarter was the turning point as the Steelers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat the Ravens, 31-24, in a game the Ravens feel they gave away.

The fumble, the first of three Ravens turnovers in the third quarter, led to the first of three second-half touchdowns for the Steelers. But the running back said Thursday that it didn’t take him long to forget it.

“I have a short memory. As a running back you have to have a short memory,” Rice told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on “Boomer and Carton” on WFAN radio in New York. “You look at where you came from and look at where you’re going and you can’t tarnish your whole career over one mistake. It’s the same thing for a quarterback. A quarterback throws an interception, he has to get over it the next drive.”

He said the hit from safety Ryan Clark was “a perfect tackle.”

“It wasn’t one of those situations where you see me getting laid out,” Rice explained. "It was a perfect tackle and I was in a cut. Sometimes when you cut … the ball comes away from your body."