DETROIT -- Patriots and Lions players were jawing at each other toward the end of Thursday's game, which Logan Mankins described as nothing out of the ordinary.
"We were just having fun. School-yard playing out there, getting to know each other a little better," Mankins joked. "It's one of those things. It's football. It happens."
The chippiness came after BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:14 remaining, giving the Patriots a 45-24 lead. Lions safety Louis Delmas was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the touchdown.
On the ensuing extra point, players were pushing and shoving after the successful kick, with Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and linebacker DeAndre Levy getting a personal foul.
Did Mankins think there was some dirty play from the Lions?
"Oh no, everything is fair between the lines, to me personally," Mankins answered. "No hard feelings on my side."