What began as a sloppy game between the Jets and the Patriots, provided an even messier ending when a fight broke out near New England’s sideline.
The Jets were losing 10-13 late in the fourth quarter, when rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw for another improbable win and was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. The interception secured the win for the Patriots, but also started a brawl.
Jets center Nick Mangold gave a late low hit to Talib, who had returned the interception near the Patriots’ sideline, taking his time to spin out of bounds. Several New England players nearby rushed at Mangold after the play. Jets players then surrounded the area. A fight ensued, which even resulted in a foul against an official.
Once the smoke cleared, Mangold got hit with a 15-yard penalty. Jets’ Willie Colon was ejected for pushing an official, D’Brickashaw Ferguson for throwing a punch.
“I hope I don’t get suspended,” Colon said after the game, via Manish Mehta of New York Daily News. “I lost my temper. I lost my cool. I know better, so it’s my fault.”