Ellis rose to occasion against hated Pats

No one embodies The Rivalry like the Jets veteran who helped break Tom Brady & Co.

Updated: January 18, 2011, 11:18 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

To understand what Sunday's victory in New England meant to Shaun Ellis, you have to go back to Sept. 14, 2008.

That day, the New York Jets lost another tough game to the Patriots -- their 11th defeat in 12 games against their bitter rivals -- and Ellis was so disgusted that he flung his helmet to the ground in the waning seconds of their first loss that season.

Ellis' blowup made an impression on then-quarterback Brett Favre. It wasn't until that moment, Favre remarked a few days ...

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