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Q&A: Jacobs, Ryan get into it after game

Brandon Jacobs carries the ball against the Jets.

Brandon Jacobs carries the ball against the Jets. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

Did Brandon Jacobs and Rex Ryan wish each other a Merry Christmas after the game?

Hardly. According to the Giants running back, he was approached by the Jets' coach while the two were leaving the field. "I didn't say too much to him," Jacobs said. "He told me to shut the ---- up and wait until we win the Super Bowl, and I said I would punch him in his face . . . I told him, 'Out of all of these Giants football players on the team, you're talking to the wrong one.' "

So Jacobs did nothing to provoke Ryan?

Jacobs said he didn't. "He came out of nowhere and started talking to me," Jacobs said. "The same way his Pops went at [Kevin] Gilbride and ran afterwards." Jacobs was referencing the Buddy Ryan punch that was thrown at Gilbride when they were coordinators together in Houston in 1993.

What did Ryan say about the confrontation?

"We had a private conversation," he said. "That's all I'll leave it as. Whatever. He doesn't like me. I respect him, but I could care less about him."

Was Jacobs surprised by the Jets' trash-talking this week?

"We didn't really pay attention to it because we knew that's what we were going to get as soon as he had an opportunity to run his big fat mouth," Jacobs said. "We knew that."

Does Jacobs have a message for Ryan now?

"You need to shut up," he said. "That's that. He's a great coach, comes from a great coaching family, but he needs to shut up."

So these teams really enjoy each other's company?

Sure, although the Giants were uncomfortable with the way the Jets decorated the stadium for their home game, using black drapes to cover up the Super Bowl championship logos that are painted on the walls outside the Giants' locker room. Those curtains are always there for Jets home games, but the Giants took it as a sign of disrespect. They tried to remove them before the game, but security prevented them from doing so. Until after the game. "Are they still there?" guard Chris Snee asked with a knowing smile.

Who took them down?

Lawrence Tynes said he, Zak DeOssie and David Diehl took care of it. "Granted, we were the away team today, that's fine, but we all saw that as a sign of disrespect to this organization," Diehl said.

How about that picture of a bloody Eli Manning on the cover of the Jets' defensive playbook?

Manning said he didn't care. His wife, Abby, told him about it this week after seeing it in the paper. "I didn't think anything of it," Manning said. But that picture may have done more to inspire the Giants than the Jets, especially once it got out to the media. "If they wanted to use that as motivation, a guy who was unblocked and hit Eli [in the preseason], whatever, great play," Snee said. "I heard that and I just chuckled. It just goes along with everything that comes out of that organization."

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