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Rex Ryan-Bill Belichick rivalry renewed again

Belichick: Getty Images; Ryan: AP

Rex Ryan has had many ups and downs as head coach of the Jets since taking the job in 2009, including some memorable games against Bill Belichick and the Patriots. However, Ryan could end up on the hot seat if he can’t reverse the recent slide of his team, which has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

A look back

How the Jets and Patriots have fared since Ryan’s arrival in 2009:

YearPatriotsJetsPlayoffs note
200910-69-7Patriots eliminated early; Jets fall in AFC title game
201014-211-5Patriots lose in upset to Jets, who fall again in AFC title game
201113-38-8Patriots lose Super Bowl, while Jets fail to qualify
201212-46-10Patriots lose in AFC title game, while Jets fail to qualify

Head to head

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A look at the year-by-year matchups between Ryan and Belichick:

2009

Sept. 20: Jets, 16-9 | Game story

Ryan delivers on promise to not “kiss Belichick’s rings,” holding New England without a touchdown for the only time this season.

Nov. 22: Patriots, 31-14 | Game story

New England’s Leigh Bodden intercepts Mark Sanchez three times, and Wes Welker has 15 catches for 197 yards.

2010

Sept. 19: Jets, 28-14 | Game story

Jason Taylor’s strip-sack of Tom Brady seals New York’s win.

Dec. 6 (Monday night): Patriots, 45-3 | Game story

After Bart Scott’s proclamation (“Can’t wait!”), Patriots dominate meeting of 9-2 teams.

Jan. 16, 2011 (Div. playoff game): Jets, 28-21 | Game story

Deion Branch calls New York’s postgame celebration “classless.”

2011

Oct. 9: Patriots, 30-21 | Game story

Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (136 yards, two TDs) helps eat up clock as New England holds off New York’s comeback.

Nov. 13: Patriots, 37-16 | Game story

Rob Ninkovich intercepts Sanchez and returns it for a touchdown to finish off the win. New England’s defense registers five sacks.

2012

Oct. 21: Patriots, 29-26 (OT) | Game story

In the first overtime meeting between the teams since 2008, the Patriots kick a field goal and force a fumble to seal the win.

Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving): Patriots, 49-19 | Game story

In a game featuring Sanchez’s Butt Fumble, New England scores three times in 52 seconds in another blowout over their rival.

Ryan’s motivational tactics target Belichick

Ryan once told his players that he was going to punch Belichick in the face at midfield, LaDainian Tomlinson revealed on NFL Network Tuesday night.

Tomlinson spent his final two seasons (2010-11) with the Jets, and was asked what was the craziest thing Ryan said to the team as a motivational tactic.

“We were playing the Patriots one time . . . Rex is a master motivator, and it was going to be a big game, a heated-rivalry game,” Tomlinson said. “Rex got in front of us and he said, ‘I’m going to set the tempo today, I’m going to set the tempo. When I meet Bill Belichick in the center of the field I’m going to start it off and punch him in the face.’

“We loved that, I loved that from Rex.”

Tomlinson was laughing as he told the story, and Ryan was, of course, joking about punching Belichick.

Tomlinson said the Jets won the game, though he didn’t provide details. But the Jets didn’t beat the Patriots in 2011, so it was either Week 2 in 2010 or the divisional-round playoff game that season.

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