Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin apparently doesn't accept early Christmas gifts, as the Dallas Cowboys have put it this week.
In the aftermath of Sunday's 20-13 comeback victory over Dallas, a Cowboys player told reporters "Christmas came early for the Steelers." Initial reports had the quote attributed to tight end Jason Witten, but NFC East blogger Matt Mosley clarified Monday that it was receiver Patrick Crayton who made the statement.
Either way, Tomlin was amused by the comments during his weekly press conference Tuesday.
"That's just guys talking," Tomlin said. "That's funny to me. When the clock strikes zero, you either got more points than your opponents or you don't. We could have said the same thing about our Indianapolis game but we didn't. We acknowledge that we didn't finish the job. That's what winning is about, particularly winning in December."
And winning in the final month of the season is something the Steelers have done well. Pittsburgh is 16-5 in December since 2004.
Dallas, on the other hand, continues to give out early Christmas gifts in December, as it has for much of this decade.