Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/23/11
The New York Jets play the New York Giants on Christmas Eve in what could decide the playoff fate of both teams. The Jets come in at 8-6, the leading candidate for the sixth seed in the AFC. The Giants enter the game 7-7 and out of the playoffs, but if they win their final two games, they would beat Dallas in the tiebreaker and win the NFC East.  Naturally, a game with so many implications between two teams that share a city, a fan base and even a stadium will heighten the emotions of some players and coaches. This has resulted in some good old fashion trash talk this week. Although Jet head coach Rex Ryan has been boasting about the last two seasons (the Jets appeared in two AFC championship games and the Giants haven't made the playoffs), a lot of the talk has come from the Giants. At this point, both teams control their own destiny. Some Giants players decided to take shots at perhaps the best player on the Jets. Giants receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz suggested that ...
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