In case the New England Patriots needed any motivation for Sunday's postseason matchup with the Houston Texans, J.J. Watt was happy to give it to them.
Prior to the AFC Divisional Round battle, the dominant defensive end did this (via KHOU-TV's Matt Musil):
Texans DE J.J. Watt ran onto the field, spit on the Patriots logo and then wiped his feet on it. I would say he's... fb.me/234a7Ln6C— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) January 13, 2013
If Twitter is any indication—and it always is—this is an act that will only further intensify a budding rivalry.
Actor Brian White made it known how the Pats would get their revenge:
Classy guy. Who cares. We'll do our talking on the field. RT @ctaylor6060: JJ Watt spit on the Patriots' logo before divisional playoff game— Brian White (@actorbrianwhite) January 13, 2013
Meanwhile, this NFL fan (who I can only assume isn't the biggest proponent of the Patriots) was happy with Watt's actions:
Apparently JJ Watt spit on the Patriots logo? I knew I always liked him.— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) January 13, 2013
And that's just the tip of the iceberg that is the back-and-forth going on between these two sides.
The escalating rivalry got started just over a month ago when the Texans went into New England to take on the Patriots on Monday Night Football in what was arguably the biggest regular season game of their young franchise.
They got steamrolled in embarrassing fashion as the Pats coasted to an easy 42-14 victory.
But after knocking off the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend, the Texans earned a chance at revenge this week and Watt is making it pretty clear his team isn't a huge fan of the AFC East champs.
You might not think this is that big of a deal, but spitting on—or really doing anything to—an opponent's logo has turned into a huge sign of disrespect.
Just ask Terrell Owens and fans of the Dallas Cowboys team star.
One thing is sure. We're about to see if J.J. Watt can back up his controversial act against Tom Brady and the Pats. If it fuels another nail-biting classic (I'm looking at you, Seahawks and Falcons), I think we'll all be OK with that.
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