Rex Ryan not alone in using 45-3 as fuel

Ryan's Jets are still smarting from Dec. 6, with Matt Slauson calling rout a 'fluke'

Updated: January 12, 2011, 10:06 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The ball is still buried. The chafed feelings are not.

Two days after the embarrassing 45-3 loss to the New England Patriots, Rex Ryan dragged his players out to the practice field in the early morning, placed a ball from the game into a hole, dropped a few F-bombs and filled the hole with dirt. It was a symbolic way to bury the memory.

Six weeks later, the memory is back, like a ghost from the grave. This time, the New York Jets will use it as motivation ...

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