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Pats vs. Jets hits a whole new level

With the playoff stakes and AFC rivalry at a new high, excitement is building

Updated: November 30, 2010, 2:39 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

A game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets is a biggie almost any time it's played. The rivalry is that intense.

But when both teams are a league-best 9-2 and the matchup comes on a Monday night in Week 13 of the season?

That takes it to a whole new level.

The excitement began to percolate a bit more Monday, with both teams returning to work after taking the weekend off. Jets players were preparaing to go through a light practice while Patriots players ...

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