Smith: "He was trying to get me out of my game"

Steve Smith was in not mood Sunday to talk about his best game as a NFL receiver. Instead, Smith launched into a brief postgame tirade at his locker, calling Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison a "punk" after Carolina's 27-24 loss at Dolphins Stadium.

Smith only answered one question, that about Madison, who appeared to take a cheap shot at Smith's knees near the sidelines when the action on the play was about 40 yards away after a Jake Delhomme fumble. Madison was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, one of two such 15-year penalties on the former Pro Bowl cornerback against Smith. The other came on a late hit on Smith out of bounds.

"He was trying to get me out of my game," an angry Smith said while standing in front of his locker. "And he was doing stuff that as a football player, you're not supposed to do. ...

"I just went out and played my football and made plays, and he was doing stuff that doesn't belong in football. He kicked me, he was doing stuff that ... he's a joke. I mean, let's just go to the bottom line. I'm not going to try to make myself out to be better than what I am. All I know is, he's a joke. Nick Saban, their coach, he really needs to analyze which perennial corner he's going to have out there because he's not one. That's it," Smith said. "I don't have nothing to say. I'm done. Bottom line, he's a punk. I won my war and that's it. I don't have nothing else to say."

Smith overcame an early fumble on a punt return and finished with career highs in receptions (11), receiving yards (170) and touchdown receptions (three), including a 53-yard scoring reception against Madison that tied the game 24-24 late in the fourth quarter. He celebrated that score by lying on the ground in the end zone with his legs crossed as if posing for a picture.

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