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Jets face tough game with Pats, Rex Ryan says it's 'personal'

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Next to winning a Super Bowl, nothing will be more satisfying for Jets fans than seeing Tom Brady leave the field Sunday with his head hanging down.

After a week of trash talk, the Jets will take on the heavily favored Patriots in a AFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday in Foxborough, Ma., with everything on the line.

“This is a tough one for the Jets,” said Tyson Rauch of JetNation.com. “The Patriots are rested, and they’re probably the best team in football. As a fan you want them to win, but I just don’t see any angle they can. The Patriots are just that good.”

The Patriots —led by coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, perhaps the league’s best quarterback — trounced the Jets in December, running up the score 45-3. The Jets, however, topped the Pats 28-14 in Week 2.

But this time, head coach Rex Ryan says it’s personal — again.

“'This is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan,” Ryan said Monday. “There’s no question. It’s personal,” he said, echoing remarks he said about last week’s Indianapolis Colts game, which the Jets won 17-16 on a last-second field goal. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie wasn’t so polite, calling Brady an “ass----.”

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com said you can’t rule out an upset against the Patriots, who are favored by eight and a half points.

“As we saw with Seattle and New Orleans [who were both upset], anything can happen in the playoffs,” he said. “And these teams are much more evenly matched than that 45-3 game.”

Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com agreed, and said a win could be “one of the biggest ever for the franchise.

“It would prove the team has arrived and would show a true power shift,” he said.

Still, some fans are happy with the team no matter what.

“Even with a loss, for the team to have come this far, I don’t think anyone can be disappointed with the season,” said Robert Veraz, 22, of Astoria.

He added: “Rex talks a big game, but he’s delivered on a lot of it.”

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