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BALTIMORE MD - DECEMBER 05:  Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens prepares to snap the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. Pittsburgh won 13-10.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE MD - DECEMBER 05: Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens prepares to snap the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5 2010 in Baltimore Maryland. Pittsburgh won 13-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Almost a week after the game has been over and both teams look ahead to the last four games of the 2010 regular season, the accusations are still flying between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Players on both teams are accusing others of trying to "cheap shot" them intentionally.

First, Steelers LB James Harrison accused Ravens guard Chris Chester of going after him on an extra point, as there is usually no reason for the offensive line to go forward when blocking for the point-after-touchdown. Chester recently responded that he was doing no such thing and just thought the play was supposed to be something else. (Editor's Note: Not too sure what other "play" Chester could be talking about on the PAT).

Just today, Ravens safety Ed Reed said that Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward went after him deliberately with the "crown" of his helmet and was lucky enough to get out of the way. Ward is considered by many to be one of the dirtiest players in the league, while Steelers faithful and others feel he is just one of the best blocking wide receivers in the game.

See the related stories by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post:

James Harrison's "accusation"

Chris Chester's"response"

See the story on Ed Reed's comments at USA Today.