FOXBORO -- For Logan Mankins, what transpired at the end of the fourth quarter was pretty black and white.
"They took a cheap shot," they said. "It was on the wrong sideline to do that so we were standing up for our guy."
Mankins was referring to the scuffle that broke out along the Patriots sideline after Aqib Talib snared a game-clinching interception -- his second pick of the game -- and was then hit below the knees out of bounds by Jets center Nick Mangold.
"I made the tackle -- he was obviously along the sideline and I thought he was still inbounds," Mangold said. "I thought it was a good tackle and apparently it was not and it started a little ruckus. Obviously, it's an intense game and an intense rivalry and tempers flare."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick had words for Mangold, which Mangold said after the game he couldn't quite comprehend. Mangold also said afterwards that he believed his tackle on Talib was a legal hit, though it was flagged immediately.
Mangold was ejected as was Jets tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson and offensive lineman Willie Colon. Colon made contact with a referee, and Ferguson threw a punch at a Patriots player.
No Patriots were ejected.
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard appeared to have an exchange with Mangold as well, sticking his finger in Mangold's face. Dennard quickly found himself in the middle of the pile of several Jets and Patriots.
Belichick could be seen speaking with officials after the fracas, imploring them to see to it that Ferguson and Colon left the field when they didn't leave immediately. Eventually both players ran across the field, from the Jets sideline and into the tunnel nearest to the Jets locker room.