Defensive linemen complained that the Ravens offensive line was using illegal cut blocks. A few players weren’t happy about Sam Koch’s two-point conversion to make the score 29-7 in the third quarter, and others accused the Ravens of trying to run up the score when quarterback Joe Flacco threw the ball to the end zone with a 32-7 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
Moments after Pittsburgh’s 25-17 victory over the New England Patriots to set up Sunday night’s showdown between the 5-2 Ravens and the 6-2 Steelers, free safety Ryan Clark pointed out that Ravens coach John Harbaugh was raising his arms to exhort the crowd and several of his players were dancing on the sideline in the later stages of the game.
“We’ll remember everything,” wide receiver Hines Ward said after the loss.
During his weekly news conference on Monday, Harbaugh didn’t buy into the notion that Pittsburgh would have more motivation to win than the Ravens.
“I think there’s a lot of motivation in general,” he said. “We’ve all got a lot of pride, and I don’t doubt that they’ll be very motivated for the game, as will we. I don’t know if it’s any more motivated than either team would have been, but I’m sure they’ll be very motivated.”