Here are a few quotes from Hines and Troy following the game on Sunday:
"The torch never left," Ward declared. "They won one game, we finished with the same record. They won the AFC North, but, when it counted in the playoffs, I guess we kind of got the torch back. Cincinnati's our home away from home." after the Steelers won (in Cincinnati) for the seventh time in the past eight games.
Then, after a third-down incompletion, safety Troy Polamalu gave the Bengals new life by shoving a football into the face of Bengals center Rich Braham after the play. "That was just plain stupid," Polamalu said.
Polamalu also questioned his state of mind when he intercepted Kitna late in the fourth quarter with the Steelers ahead by 14 and threw a lateral pass in Bengals territory to teammate Chris Hope. "Another foolish play," Polamalu said. "I didn't play very smart."