NFL News : Maurkice Pouncey rips Lions' D-line: 'They literally tried to attack me'

Maurkice Pouncey rips Lions' D-line: 'They literally tried to attack me'

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Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said the Detroit Lions' defensive line broke an unwritten NFL rule Sunday when it fired off the ball on a kneel-down play.

Pouncey was still incensed by the play one day after Pittsburgh's 20-15 victory at Ford Field.

Per ESPN, with 48 seconds left in regulation, the Steelers were downing the ball to run out the clock when tackles A'Shawn Robinson and Akeem Spence appeared to attack the Steelers' interior line. Pouncey retaliated, and Robinson was ejected for throwing a punch at guard Ramon Foster. Pouncey said hitting on a kneeling play is dirty enough to warrant a suspension.

"You have to show sportsmanship," Pouncey told ESPN. "You just lost the game. We're taking a knee. What are you trying to prove right now? If anybody's playing [dirty], that's dirty s--- right there. They literally tried to attack me, come off 100 miles per hour. I ain't going for that ... Do it during the game. You want to do it while we're taking a knee? It's a general rule of sportsmanship. You don't do that type of s---."

Three Lions players left the sideline during the skirmish, which is against NFL rules. Lions coach Jim Caldwell planned to address the matter with his team, saying, "We're not going to stand for it."

The Lions weren't happy with the Steelers' line play, with Spence saying after the game that Pittsburgh players executed some high-low blocks and cutting methods.

"I looked on the big screen, and it looked kind of crazy. It was like I beat him, then Foster came on me. Then Pouncey came to dive at my legs to try and help Foster out. I thought it was kind of dirty. But, I mean, it's football," Spence said.

Asked about the accusation, Pouncey said, "I don't care what they say. Go watch the film. They were getting balled on."

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