Heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship game, the four-time Super Bowl champs and No. 1 seed in the conference have been dealing with questions about Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin calling them “assholes." (Thanks, Antonio Brown.) You know, just the kind of things you want to answer before the biggest game of the year.
It was just a little trash talking on Tomlin's part, the kind has been rampant in the game for decades, and obviously it wasn’t supposed to be broadcast for all to see. Players from Deion Sanders to Richard Sherman have incorporated their own brand of trash talk to either hype up their squad or intimidate opponents and gain a psychological advantage over the years during the playoffs.
So while Tomlin calling the Patriots “assholes” was kind of funny, we’ve definitely heard better trash talk throughout the NFL's Super Bowl era. Here are some of the best (and worst) trash talking moments in NFL playoff history.