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08:06 AM ET 02.09 | Hines Ward will have two surgeries this week, one on his left knee and the other on his left thumb, but he's also still smarting from the Super Bowl loss. Ward thought they could win right until the end, when they had a first down on their 13 with two minutes to go. However, without criticizing anyone, he was not happy he did not get much of an opportunity on that drive. ... "I'm thinking deja vu, here we go again," said Ward, who caught seven passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in the game. "Two minutes, let's go down there. I really felt like I was in a zone, that anything that came my way it was going to get caught no matter what. I didn't get an opportunity. I would like to have gotten opportunities [on the final series] but it didn't happen."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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February 9, 2011  08:08 AM ET

Just the talk of a competitor.

February 9, 2011  08:12 AM ET
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Just the talk of a competitor.

Agreed. Hines is a winner and a warrior. Every leader wants the ball at times like that. Still, hindsight is always 20/20. It's in the past now.

February 9, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Might have had a bit to do with the fact that the QB wasn't very good Sunday.

February 9, 2011  08:17 AM ET
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Might have had a bit to do with the fact that the QB wasn't very good Sunday.

Neither was a certain fumbling RB.

February 9, 2011  08:22 AM ET

Ward is right. He should've been involved with the game on the line. He was the most reliable WR on either team that day.

February 9, 2011  08:22 AM ET

I'm not sure if going to Hines was the answer, but the play calling and clock management on that "drive" were awful.

February 9, 2011  08:23 AM ET

the Packers defense had something to do with it also. give them credit.

February 9, 2011  08:32 AM ET
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the Packers defense had something to do with it also. give them credit.

Charles Woodson was knocked out of the game right before halftime, and the Packers' D still held on. It's amazing what Dom Capers was able to do with that D in such a short amount of time!

February 9, 2011  08:35 AM ET

It looks like Mike Wallace was the focus as far as the passing game. But yes would have been nice to see more Ward & Heath Miller involvement.

February 9, 2011  08:40 AM ET
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the Packers defense had something to do with it also. give them credit.

That defense kept them in the game when the offense was sputtering throughout the 3rd quarter. They deserve a lot of credit. But I still can't believe how weak that Steeler two minute drill was.

February 9, 2011  08:40 AM ET

The real story here, to me, is that once the lockout begins March 4, the players have no insurance and cannot rehab at any teams facility.
Now that is a little counter productive. About as short sighted as you can get when your product IS the players.

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February 9, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That defense kept them in the game when the offense was sputtering throughout the 3rd quarter. They deserve a lot of credit. But I still can't believe how weak that Steeler two minute drill was.

That was pretty pathetic gave me images of McNabb not doing what is he doing inside 4 minutes during the 04 Pats-Eagles super bowl

February 9, 2011  08:45 AM ET

I'm surprised also that he wasn't the #1 option on the final 4th and 5 play.

February 9, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

the Packers defense had something to do with it also. give them credit.

exactly ...

February 9, 2011  08:55 AM ET

I sure he feels he could have won the game by himself! he's wrong, but I'm sure he feels that way.

February 9, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Im going to have to agree with Ward on this. Didn't really understand why they did not pass to him more.

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February 9, 2011  09:17 AM ET

He catches alot of balls in the middle of the field and with only 1 timeout (HUGE mistake by Tomlin to burn that 2nd when he did) they had to work the sidelines more.

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