15 January 2011 /REUTERS/AP
Eight teams are two wins away from the Super Bowl heading into the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and there is no shortage of noise coming from the rivalry between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
The Jets’ trip to Foxborough is the most talked about of the four games but the most bruising battle is likely to be in the other AFC game where the Baltimore Ravens do battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks, surprise winners over the defending champion New Orleans Saints in the wildcard round, look to upset Chicago while the top seeded Atlanta Falcons have a tough test at home to the improving Green Bay Packers. Jets head coach Rex Ryan began turning up the heat on the Patriots when he declared Sunday’s game in New England to be a personal matter between him and New England counterpart Bill Belichick. The rivalry between the two teams, original members of the old AFL, goes back 51 years but the focus of much of New York’s tough talk is less about tradition and more about trying to unsettle the classy Brady.