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Steve Smith jokes about making ex-girlfriends jealous, power going out at Superdome

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was in a playful mood while at the podium Wednesday, weighing in on everything from jealous former girlfriends to the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.

Smith said prime-time games like Monday night's meeting with the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome have a different atmosphere and meaning.

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"I get excited, you get real excited," Smith said. "Family members get to see you play. Ex-girlfriends that wish they didn't dump you are questioning themselves right now. It's fun. It's kind of true. That's why I'm not on Facebook."

As the Ravens prepare to return to the site of their Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers, Smith also cracked a joke about the lights going out.

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"You can't take that trophy with you," Smith said. "Those people don't care what happened in the Super Bowl. Probably the people who are working the stadium facility. They're making sure the power doesn't go out. That part is part of history."

Smith, who has 14 receptions for 155 yards and no touchdowns in the past four games, turned serious when asked about his self-evaluation during the Ravens' bye.

"Me and [wide receivers] coach [Bobby] Engram came in here and spent an hour-and-a-half and looked at 100-some plays and self-evaluated," Smith said. "I looked at the plays I made and I looked at the plays I didn't make and why didn't I make them. I went in there with my notebook and just was real with myself. I internalize a lot of things. What can I do to help? What do I need to improve on that's a negative? What do I need to continue to do to get better?

"I walked in there kind of down, and I walked out of there encouraged because there are a lot of things I did great but there are few things I need to improve on. I need to be more dependable in certain areas. That falls on me. That doesn't fall on Joe [Flacco]. That doesn't fall on coach [Gary] Kubiak. That doesn't fall on [John] Harbaugh. That falls directly on me. If you can't hold yourself accountable, you can't expect anybody to do that for you."

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As the Ravens (6-4) pursue a playoff berth, Smith said he's not spending his time studying the standings and contemplating playoff tiebreaker formulas.

"The standings right now are like college BCS," he said. "You don't know. It really requires too much energy. I can't do it. Then you start guessing and start thinking of the wrong things."

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