The best rivalries are, after all, the ones that last for years and the involved parties are equals.
If Sunday's Patriots-Jets 60-minute brawl was the main event, the hyped undercard was Darrelle Revis vs. Randy Moss. And while the Jets took the game, 28-14, the one-on-one battle was a no-decision.
Moss only caught two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, while Revis had a pass defensed and three tackles (two solo and one assisted) before he left the game prior to halftime with what the Jets termed a "hamstring." The all-pro corner had injured his hamstring in the week leading up to the game.
The corner back re-injured the hamstring late in the first half, attempting to keep up with Moss on a 34-yard touchdown. It appeared that Revis pulled the hamstring while planting his foot into the ground as Moss made an outrageous one-handed catch which put the Pats up 14-7 with 53 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"I believe that's right but I'm not 100 percent," Rex Ryan said when asked if Revis had re-aggravated the hamstring injury from earlier in the week. The coach then joked, "I think I was in tears when they told me he pulled a hamstring."
Later the coach added, "We'll find out (Monday). A hamstring injury…those are tough to come back from. I just hope that it's not that bad."
Neither the receiver nor the corner was reluctant to offer their thoughts about their mano e mano matchup in the week leading up to Sunday's fistfight-disguised-as-a-football game. Moss told reporters following the Patriots' practice on Tuesday that he spent the off-season working on "staying off Revis Island."
Revis responded a day later by opining that being held to nine catches, 58 yards and a touchdown in the two games the AFC East rivals played last season must have been on Moss' "mind in the off-season." Revis also spent time defending his use of the word "slouch" in analyzing the Patriots wideout's performance in the Jets' 16-9 week two win in 2009. Moss was limited to four catches to 24 yards in that game.
The rematch takes place in Foxboro on December 6, in front of a national audience in prime time – and we'll be talking about it all over again.
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