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Posted at 10:33 PM ET, 01/23/2011

Quotebook: Ben Roethlisberger overwhelmed by 'how awesome it is'

By Cindy Boren

Quick snippets from locker-room interviews after the Pittsburgh Steelers' 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC championship game...

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Ben Roethlisberger, who will be trying to win his third Super Bowl, on his thoughts after the game, when he buried his face in a towel for a bit: "Just how awesome it is."

On the Steelers' lengthy first-quarter drive: "That's huge. Any time you can come out and set the tone and the tempo runnin' the ball and throwin' the ball and move it down the field and put points on the board, as an offense it feels good and I assume for our defense it feels good. It helps them resting and is a big boost coming onto the field."

"This is a team win: offense, defense, special teams. ... I'm jus so proud of the way guys stepped up and filled in. That's what the Pittsburgh Steelers do. We win as a team and we win as a team and we had a great win tonight. ... It's not always pretty, but somehow we find a way to get it done. ...

"We have a lot of tenacity. We have a 'don't-quit' attitude and mentality and we have a belief in each other. We're a family, we stay close no matter what. When things go bad on offense, the defense is picking us up. If things go back on special teams, the offense and defense [are] picking them up. And everybody is just always there for each other. There's never finger-pointing."

Mike Tomlin, on the injury to center Maurkice Pouncey: "He's got an ankle sprain. I think to say anything more than that at this point would be premature. Of course, it was such that he couldn't go back into the game today. I'm sure we'll have more information and I'm sure that'll be debated here in the upcoming weeks, but it's a great debate to have, isn't it? We move on."

On Doug Legursky's performance in Pouncey's place: "I just thought any time a man steps into a situation like he stepped into today and we're able to play the way that we played, you know, that effort today was kind of indicative of efforts all year, not only by him but by others, particularly on the offensive line."

NEW YORK JETS

Mark Sanchez: "I don't know why we came out flat, but I've got to get better."

Rex Ryan: "I mean, shoot, I'm proud of our football team. We had a hell of a year. We finished short again, but I believe in our football team. I've got news for you. Our expectations will be the exact same and they should be. We've got a lot of heart. We played a good half, but we never played a good game and that was the difference. You get to this point, you've got to play a great game against a great opponent. We played a good half and that was it. They made plays when they had to and that's why they're moving on."

Would he change anything in a season in which the Jets made news on and off the field? "Yeah, I'd change the outcome of this game. That's the only thing I'd change because our football team is improving. I think our guys played hard every single game and I'm proud of our football team. We don't need to apologize to anybody and I mean anybody. We'll be back and you'll see. We'll be back. Only difference is we plan on winning that sucker."

By Cindy Boren  | January 23, 2011; 10:33 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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