Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Vontaze Burficit had a game high 18 tackles on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, which he credits Ravens running back Ray Rice for getting him fired up.
Rice received a personal foul penalty after the he and Burficit were seen wrestling with each other away from the ball during the game.
Burficit said Rice took a cheap shot.
“After he did that little cheap shot, I felt like, ‘OK, let’s go,’” Burfict said. “It kind of had me on fire for the rest of the game. Just channeling my emotions in the right way.”
Burficit, who led the Bengals in tackles for the season with 127, said he will be ready to play Saturday at Houston.
“It’s the playoffs. I should already be there,” Burfict said. “I should be ready to go, fired up. I’m excited. I’ve got another chance to try to get to the Super Bowl in my rookie year. I know some guys with 10 years in the league who haven’t made it to the playoffs. I’m blessed with a great team, great teammates, and great coaches. Go into the playoffs and hopefully get this win this week.”