For Jets and Pats, old wounds heal slowly

October, 20, 2012
10/20/12
12:06
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Eleven months later, the loss still stings.

The Jets were embarrassed last Nov. 13 by the Patriots, 37-16, falling on their home field before a Sunday night TV audience. It was the most lopsided home loss of the Rex Ryan era -- until this season's 34-0 rout by the 49ers. It was a rough night for Ryan, who was fined $75,000 by the league for cursing at a fan. Bill Belichick, too, used profanity, but it was directed at the Jets.

Walking off the field, Belichick put his arm around his son and, according to the New York Post, told him, "Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the league. Suck my d---."

Darrelle Revis didn't appreciate the comment, telling reporters during the offseason that it was "ignorant" and "disrespectful." Too bad Revis won't face the Patriots tomorrow; that would've been a juicy storyline. How do his teammates feel?

Asked this week if Belichick's remark was disrespectful, LB Calvin Pace told ESPNNewYork.com: "You could say that. Wes Welker made comments about Rex's situation a couple of years ago. I think this is Jets-Patriots, New York-Boston, that's what it brings. I don't want to give them any bulletin-board material. ... At the end of the day, it does play a factor -- their dislike for us, our dislike for them."

The Jets were swept last season by the Patriots, the first time that happened under Ryan. That's a tough setback for a team that, after beating the Patriots in the 2010 playoffs, appeared on the verge of taking control of the rivalry.

"We got our ass whupped," CB Antonio Cromartie said, referring to the 37-16 game. "It's a sour feeling. It's a division rival, you're at home and you get whupped. Honestly, there was nothing you could do about it but sit there and take it."

Sunday, they get a chance to do something about it.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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