From rookies with no playoff experience, to veterans who have had a taste of the postseason, Steelers players were talking on Monday about the upcoming week and the 2014 team in general.
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt:
On first time in the playoffs and how he handles it:
"Lucky for me I have (Brett) Keisel on my side. Keisel has been in this situation and he has rings to prove it. Also, I take it a game at a time. To make it into the playoffs is an accomplishment. I have to keep doing what I do on an everyday basis and that's continue to get better. We have goals and we have to work hard until we get there."
On the difference in the defense from the last time they played the Ravens:
"I think everybody can see, we grew. We looked deep into ourselves. We had a goal to finish the season strong. We worked hard at some of the stuff that was killing us and we did it. Everybody is making plays standing up for each other. It's a brotherhood. The chemistry is out of the roof right now."
On if teams have tried to test him because he is a rookie:
"I definitely know teams are going to try and run my way because I am a rookie. They're going to try and put me out, like I am the duck on the team. I go out there every day to make sure I am prepared for that."
Guard Kelvin Beachum:
On the Steelers-Ravens rivalry:
"Having Baltimore come into Pittsburgh, we know what type of game it's going to be. We know it's going to be a slugfest. We know they hate us and we hate them. That is the nature of this rivalry and there are a lot of marbles on the line. This is AFC North football and it's in the playoffs. It's either win or go home and I think both teams understand that."
On running back Josh Harris:
"It's his time to step up. He had a lot of reps in practice. I don't think it's something new, it's just getting game reps. I think it's going to be a time where he can get his feet wet and show what he can do."
On what it's like to see guys step up and make big plays:
"I think it's a mindset of whatever we have to do, with whoever we have to do it with, to find a way to get the job done."
Center Maurkice Pouncey:
Pouncey on Le'Veon Bell's injury:**
"He is a key part of the team. He is our MVP. Hopefully everything is all right. If he can't go the next man has to step up and play just like him, or even better."
Pouncey on history of wild card team being successful in the playoffs:"
I think with us we just have to stay focused on one game at a time and just go to work like we always do, not getting ahead of ourselves and not looking at anything that happened in the past. Just living in the moment we are in right now and see how things turn out for us."
Pouncey on how Ben Roethlisberger has grown as a player:
"As a player I don't know if he can grow any more. He is the Steelers all-time quarterback. He has had a heck of a career."
Cornerback Antwon Blake:
On secret to staying ready:
"Just the preparation throughout the week. We practice hard. Everyone competes every day and I think that is showing on the field."
On where he was six months ago until now with a bigger role in the defense:
"I just knew no matter what I was going to work and whatever opportunity I got I was going to make the most of it. I really couldn't see this, but it was definitely something I wanted."
On defending the big play from happening vs. the Ravens:
"When we don't give up big chunk plays we tend to win games. Making those little catches in front of us, we come up and make those tackles. That's not going to beat us."
Photos from the last game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.