Maurkice Pouncey still was fired up Tuesday afternoon over comments made by Detroit Lions defensive tackles A'Shawn Robinson and Akeem Spence.
“Bro, come on,” Pouncey told TribLive. “The game's over. If you wanted to play that hard, you should have done it the first four quarters.”
“That (expletive) is stupid,” Pouncey added.
He was referring to the actions of Robinson and Spence during the final snaps of Sunday night's 20-15 Steelers win at Ford Field. During a play in which the Steelers were going to kneel down to run out the clock after being assured the victory, 300-plus-pounders Robinson and Spence aggressively rushed into the Steelers offensive line.
A bout of pushing and shoving ensued, and Robinson was flagged for a personal foul and ejected for throwing a punch to the head of Steelers guard Ramon Foster.
Pouncey was not penalized, but he did slap Robinson's head while Robinson was tied up with Foster, eliciting Spence to approach Pouncey.
According to, Spence said the incident was the culmination of “a mean football game.” Spence accused the Steelers of dirty play throughout the game.
“Just tempers flaring, man. Guys had been taking shots at us all game,” Spence said. “I don't know what happened on the other side. I can't really speak on it, but I know I'm going to take care of my guys, and my guys are going to take care of me and let the chips fall where they may.”