Boston's top sports stories of 2011
5: Jets shock Patriots in the playoffs
The Jets talked trash about the Patriots all week leading to their AFC Divisional playoff, but that didn't stop coach Bill Belichick from embracing his counterpart, Rex Ryan, after the Jets defeated the Patriots 28-21 in the first round of the playoffs. For the second year in a row, a solid Patriots season with Super Bowl aspirations came to a screeching halt in their first playoff game.
"I was dead wrong," Ryan said after the game. " I thought it would come down to me and Belichick, and thank goodness it never did, because he won that battle like he always does. It came down to our players."