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Deion Branch: Some Jets Were Classless After Win with Excessive Celebration

The Jets pulled off the upset win over the Patriots Sunday and celebrated as if they had won the Super Bowl. You had Braylon Edwards doing gymnastics, and half the defense flying around the field like a bunch of airplanes. That was after the game. While it was still going on, Shonn Greene pretended to sleep in the end zone after scoring to make it 28-14. Unlike Jim Nantz who was outraged, if there was ever a time to take an excessive celebration penalty, it was when Greene did it. The Patriots certainly took note and didn’t appreciate the antics.

Former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, who dropped a key 4th down pass preventing New England’s comeback, had some words for the Jets after the game. “There was a lot of classless play on the football field after the game. But you have to expect that from some of the guys over there,” Branch said. “Some of the guys … that was the only thing that was embarrassing. I think right now, there’s just a lot of frustration.

“I’m a champion. I’ll always congratulate the guys upon victory. They beat us today. They beat us when it mattered. So the ones with class, I shook their hands. The other ones, I didn’t. They don’t deserve my nor my teammates congratulations for them to act like that. You can tell they’re not used to being in this position for guys to act that way — for some of the guys. You can tell some of the guys who have been in this position before, they act differently than the ones who haven’t been there. But I don’t have any excuses. They beat us. That’s all right.”

Branch nailed it. Some guys, not all of them, were classless. The classless ones didn’t deserve the handshake afterwards. And you know what? Some of the Jets went overboard. Yeah it was a huge win for them, but it was just the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They still have to beat the Steelers on the road and then win in Arlington to be the last team standing. They still have a long way to go and the way they’re acting, it’s as if they’ve already won it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Beating the Patriots is obviously huge for the Jets, but the celebrating after the game was way too much. Forget the fact that it’s classless — they got this far last year. They were already in the AFC Championship last year and lost, so if you ask me the Divisional Round should be nothing. For a team that talked so much about how much the Patriots suck, they certainly acted like they had just knocked off the greatest team in the world.

  • Anonymous

    Ya know what? Didn’t the Patriots fly around the end zone after completing a touchdown during the Monday night game? That was taunting if I’ve ever seen it. Let’s not talk about who’s lacking class here. Brady has publicly expressed his hatred for the Jets. So why not celebrate? They deserve to celebrate. Not a single Jet has said NE sucks. They knew that NE would be a difficult game and they rose to the occasion.They acted like they just knocked off the gretest team in the world because they DID.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t the Patriots fly around the end zone mocking the Jets after completing a touchdown during the Monday night game? That was taunting if I have ever seen it. Let’s not talk about who’s lacking class here. Tom Brady has publicly expressed his dislike for the New York Jets. So why not celebrate? They deserve it. They knew they were coming into their territory and it would be a tough game. (Thats right, not a single Jet was heard saying that the Patriots suck) They acted like they just knocked off the greastest team because they DID.

  • Anonymous

    to the victors go the spoils

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