Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/14/13
Nfc_championship_new_9bca
If Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was looking to get a rise out of the Patriots’ locker room, he failed miserably. Ayanbadejo sent out a series of critical tweets during Sunday’s Patriots-Texans divisional round playoff game that took aim at Spygate, the Patriots’ infamous 18-1 season and New England’s decision to cut wide receiver Tiquan Underwood a day before the Super Bowl last season. The 10-year veteran also criticized the Patriots’ offense, calling it a “gimmick” for its up-tempo, hurry-up nature. Ayanbadejo has since apologized for his Twitter antics, but the comments definitely add to an already intriguing AFC Championship matchup. Still, the Pats aren’t too concerned with what’s being said on social media. “I can’t speak for everybody but me personally I’m not on the social network, Facebook, none of that,” Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib said after Sunday’s win over the Teaxans. “So that’s in one ear and out the other.” Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who could see an increased role on Sunday in the wake of Rob Gronkowski‘s season-ending injury, insists that New England’s focus is elsewhere. “We’ve got other things to worry about, like who to block, how to run a route, what routes we’re running,” Hoomanawanui said. “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. We’ll keep doing what’s working for us and what’s going to get us a victory.” Sunday’s showdown will mark the second straight year that the Patriots and Ravens will battle with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Last season, of course, the Pats walked away with a victory after Billy Cundiff missed a chip-shot field goal in the closing seconds that would have sent the game to overtime. This year’s clash figures to be just as intriguing, with the teams’ regular season showdown, Ray Lewis‘ retirement and, now, Ayanbadejo’s comments adding fuel to the fire. There is no shortage of storylines leading up to the AFC Championship rematch, but Patriots guard Logan Mankins knows a victory is all that matters at the end of the day. “It’s always settled on Sundays,” Mankins said. And this Sunday, plenty will be settled. Click here to read Ayanbadejo’s comments >> Click here to read Ayanbadejo’s apology >> Photo via Facebook/Aqib Talib
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Andrew Desjardins eats cereal out of Stanley Cup

Stephen Curry posts priceless David Lee farewell on Twitter

Michigan AD: Nike deal is largest in the country

Randy Moss beats Antonio Brown in sprints during workout

LeBron James believes his ‘legacy will speak for itself’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Crash at Tour de France sidelines riders

Buehrle drank beer during World Series game he pitched

Redick gives Clippers ‘F-minus’ grade for losing Jordan

Report: PGA pulls Grand Slam event from Trump course

Three things to watch for on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Pierre-Paul could face charges for possession of fireworks

T.O. has advice for Donovan McNabb after latest DUI

Sonnen: McGregor is 27 pounds over his weight limit

WATCH: Connor McDavid turns heads in Oilers scrimmage

Member of Pirates grounds crew swallowed by tarp

Video allegedly shows BYU RB recruit being shot

Vin Scully teaching the history of the American flag is a national treasure

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

How the Pacers' new identity will look

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for elbow injury, shooting woes

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

Five running backs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Five RBs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

Watch to watch on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Tigers should become trade deadline sellers

JPP could face criminal charges?

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.