Gilbert: 'We have to play Steelers' football'

Steelers' football: The Steelers will take on Kansas City on Sunday in the Divisional Round Playoffs, a rematch of the Week 4 game at Heinz Field when the Steelers defeated the Chiefs, 43-14.

And while the two teams are facing each other again, it's a whole different ball game this time around because of one simple reason. It's the playoffs and that changes everything.   

"It's single elimination," said Marcus Gilbert. "We just have to get the job done. That is the bottom line. We just have to get the job done. I don't think about any of those other aspects. We have to play Steelers' football, run the ball really well and play great defense. It's what it takes to get to where we want to go.

"That is what championship teams are made of. You think about the teams we had here that won Super Bowls, they were built on great defenses and running the ball really well."

Getting that running game going starts up front with Gilbert and the rest of the offensive line, and it's going to be a challenge against a tough Chiefs' defense.

"We have to control the line of scrimmage," said Gilbert. "If we want to sit back there and throw the ball, these guys are really good. We have to be multidimensional. If we control the line of scrimmage and run the ball, I am sure they will add into the box and that will free up the receivers to make big plays.

"We have to do it, we can't just talk about. We are ready to get things rolling. This is the best time of the year."

Feeling it: Sean Davis, along with his fellow rookies, got his first taste of postseason play on Sunday, and said it's good to have that first game over and done and know what to expect moving forward.

"It felt good," said Davis. "It was the first one under my belt. Now I kind of know what to expect. It's the winner go home mentality. We were in that mentality for a while, but now it's real. I'm looking forward to keep ballin."

Davis said he definitely noticed a difference in the overall mentality once the postseason officially hit.

"I could feel it," said Davis. "You could feel it throughout the whole week. I could feel it in the game. It was different.

"It's higher intensity. More attention to detail. The team that executes the best and makes the fewest mistakes is going to come out on top."

Davis knows that the Steelers will have to play mistake free football heading to Kansas City this week, a team he saw only limited action against on special teams when they met earlier this season.  

"This is really my first time against them," said Davis. "I am going to watch all of the film. I haven't seen them yet. I am looking forward to what I see on film and go out and execute."   

On the run: It's not often you can execute a drive the way the Steelers did against the Dolphins on Sunday. Ten plays, 83 yards, and every inch, every yard of it, gained on the ground by Le'Veon Bell.

"That is how you draw it up, 10 runs, finish the way we did," said David DeCastro. "That's great."

The Steelers opened the game throwing the ball on the first two drives, scoring on two long strikes to Antonio Brown for 50 and 62 yards respectively. It was those types of plays that let the offense have its way on the ground not just for the third series, but the rest of the game.

"If we can get plays like we did yesterday, start the game off fast, and the defense plays well like that, we are going to be a tough team to beat," said DeCastro. "We had the lead so that is what the game plan was. Just control it like that. You have to even if they force you to pass. We just wanted to control the game and finish it out."

DeCastro said the line takes a lot of pride in the ground game being successful, and seeing Bell explode like he did on Sunday for a single-game playoff record 167 yards rushing.

"Breaking the record, you don't think about it too much, but there is a lot of history behind those," said DeCastro. "That is pretty amazing and it would be great if we continue doing that."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Advertising