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Ryan Clark: Ravens are always the bridesmaid, never the bride

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks up a pass to Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens during the game on November 6, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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The Steelers and the Ravens are fierce rivals, but Steelers safety Ryan Clark sounded a little sympathetic about Baltimore’s plight when asked to talk about the AFC Championship Game.

Clark said on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he didn’t even watch the game because his daughter was having a birthday party at the time, but he was quickly alerted to the result.

“My phone rang off the hook when Billy Cundiff missed the field goal,” Clark said, via “I mean gut wrenching. I know for those guys it is heart breaking, but that is what football is about. You have to make every play and New England made just enough plays to win the game. I know it seems like for the Ravens right now always the bridesmaid and never a bride.”

The Ravens’ heartbreak came two weeks after the Steelers had a heartbreaking loss of their own, and Clark said he can relate to how the players in Baltimore are feeling.

“It just shows that no matter how good your team is from year to year, no matter how many future Hall of Famers you have, you have to perform every day and winning Super Bowls is hard,” Clark said. “The Ravens made enough plays to be a winner, but the New England Patriots made more.”

In the NFL, one play can be the difference between bridesmaid and bride.