Revis vs. Moss A Toss-Up

The battle between the league's best vertical receiver and the top cornerback in the game was a mixed bag, says GWR's Denis Gorman.

Perhaps it is fitting that nothing was determined between Randy Moss and Darrelle Revis Sunday afternoon.

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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