New York Jets, Jamal Adams
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Geoff Magliocchetti

The New York Jets were a vocal bunch on Twitter while the conference championships went on, their posts ranging from humorous to determined.

Long eliminated from the NFL Playoff picture, the New York Jets nonetheless partook in conference championship Sunday, firing off on social media during the games.

The charge was led by Jamal Adams, whose enthusiastic persona oozed through his postings. Adams was particularly chatty during the AFC Championship Game, won by the Jets’ AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots.

As the Patriots engaged in what became an overtime battle with the Kansas City Chiefs, Adams couldn’t help but note the situation seemed all-too-familiar, one that would end in a New England win.

Adams’ incredulousness only increased when a few questionable calls kept the Patriots’ game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, including a seemingly harmless hit on Tom Brady’s shoulder that led to a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty.

Adams, previously referring to Brady as “#12” referred to him by name when analyzing the call.

When all was said and done, Adams called upon Smokey, Chris Tucker’s character from the 1995 comedy classic Friday, to express his thoughts on a 37-31 overtime win for the Patriots.

Linebacker Darron Lee was likewise downtrodden from a New England victory. After the Los Angeles Rams punched their Super Bowl ticket on the NFC side, topping the New Orleans Saints, Lee wanted a rematch of their November thriller with the Chiefs.

Los Angeles took that Monday night game by a 51-47 final. Lee also wanted to see the Chiefs win one for their late Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas.

Lee was most distressed by Kansas City defender Eric Berry’s failure to cover New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. The veteran had 79 yards on six receptions, including a 15-yard grab on third down that kept New England’s overtime touchdown drive alive.

Other defenders, like linebackers Avery Williamson and Jordan Jenkins, spoke out against the Brady-drawn penalty. The latter used sarcasm to mask his disbelief.

Meanwhile, cornerback Darryl Roberts expressed concern for the officials that missed an egregious pass interference call in the late stages of the Saints’ loss to the Rams. That game likewise ended in overtime, with Los Angeles winning 23-20.

At the end of the day, though receiver Robby Anderson perhaps best summed up the Jets’ predicament.

Fortunately, his teammates seem more than ready for the challenge that awaits.

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