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Former Jet LaDanian Tomlinson disclosed that coach Rex Ryan once told his team that he was going to punch Bill Belichick in the face. It was a lighthearted motivational ploy by Ryan, Tomlinson said, meant to fire up his players.
Perhaps a few of Ryan’s current players took their coach to heart. Thursday’s game was marred in the final minute by an ugly scrum, following an interception by Aqib Talib.
As Talib was going out of bounds, Jets lineman Nick Mangold dove at his knees from behind. Mangold was flagged for a late hit, but the play triggered pushing and shoving between players from both teams, and resulted in two of Mangold’s linemates being ejected from the last 38 seconds of the Patriots’ 13-10 victory.