Pittsburgh linebacker Larry Foote took aim at Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, explaining that he didn't understand his comment about New York's slow start to the game.
"Why on Earth they made the excuse that they started slow . . . I don't know," Foote said to the New York Daily News. "I don't know why any team would start slow in the AFC Championship Game. You should be more fired up than any other game. Those guys said they weren't fired up and ready to play. And we thank them for it."
Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders "praised the Jets for playing the respect card" instead of trash talking throughout the week before the AFC Championship.
"They were trash-talking to the Patriots," Sanders said. "But we got some guys on this team that if you start talking trash to us, we're going to come out and smack you in the mouth."
Before the Steelers-Jets game, coach Rex Ryan said there was nothing personal when playing Pittsburgh. Other Jets players, who had trash talked throughout the playoffs, refrained from taking shots at the Steelers.