Monday, January 17, 2011
Jets 'marked a little territory' at Pats' house
By Tim Graham
The underdog New York Jets weren't bashful when they celebrated at the end of their astonishing 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.
The Jets receivers who call themselves the "Flight Boys" -- Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Jerricho Cotchery -- performed their little flyover routine. So did Mark Sanchez. Edwards tacked on some more backflips. There was plenty of jaw jacking.
The Patriots thought there was too much gloating. Deion Branch called them "classless."
"The embarrassing part came from a few classless guys [on the Jets] after the game," the Patriots receiver said. "There were a lot of classless things that went on after the game ended."
Branch declined to shake hands with several of them.
"I'm a champion," Branch said. "I'm always going to congratulate guys. They beat us today. The ones with class, I shook their hands. And the ones that didn’t, I didn’t [shake their hands]. You can tell they’re not used to being in this position."
Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott was unapologetic about adding another layer to one of the NFL's great rivalries.
"We marked a little territory," Scott said. "Rivalries start when both team take something from the other team. This is probably the first time the Jets have taken something important away from the Patriots.
"Game on. They can hate us forever. The feeling is mutual."