Andre Williams said he was not surprised that the Giants and Rams wound up in a sideline brawl during their game on Sunday.
"I think the atmosphere going into that game, there was definitely some electricity in the atmosphere," the Giants rookie running back said. "You could feel it out there that it was going to be a physical game. There was a lot of talking over the ball. I'm not sure what the spark was, but I don't think you can point to any one person and say 'This guy started the fight.' There were a lot of bloody hands at the end of it."
The direct spark was a late tackle out of bounds by linebacker Alec Ogletree against Odell Beckham Jr. Giants players came to Beckham's defense and mayhem ensued. Beckham had been in the middle of earlier incidents in the game that did not lead to fighting at the time, including two taunting penalties -- one penalizing him and another flagging a Rams player for taunting Beckham.
The Giants felt that the Rams were a dirty team and had no problem saying so after the game. On Monday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said it wasn't just his team that was playing like that.
"To buy into all of our friskiness or all this stuff that they're referring to, I think it would be good if they look themselves in the mirror," Fisher said. "They beat us physically in a number of instances, but I don't think we had a lot to do with those things on the sideline other than the attempt to break things up."
As for the idea that Beckham's touchdown dance instigated things, Williams said he did not think that was the case.
"I don't know who's at fault," he said, "but I don't think celebrating is any reason for a fight to break out."