FOXBORO — You couldn't miss Darrelle Revis.
He was the guy, No. 24, standing at the ball as the New England Patriots broke every single huddle.
The New York Jets cornerback was waiting for Randy Moss.
If Moss went left, Revis went left. If Moss went right, Revis went right.
This was the game within the real game, which the Patriots won 31-14.
Moss is universally known as the best vertical receiver in the NFL, maybe ever. This means covering him one-on-one, particularly when he goes long, is a crapshoot that most cornerbacks lose.
And the 24-year-old Revis, coming off an All-Pro season, covers the most dangerous receiver every week.
Moss vs. Revis.
This was what makes sports, particularly competition, so special.
The duo sparked debate and controversy this week about their previous matchup in Meadowlands two months ago, which the Jets won 16-9.
Moss had only four catches that day and a season-low 24 yards.
Moss wasn't content after hearing that Revis claimed a personal victory that day. Moss said Revis didn't do it alone and that he had help in the form of a deep safety or two.
The Patriots have a way of dealing with people like Revis, who had the audacity to say publicly that he can contain Moss.
They, including Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, want to embarrass them.
And the Patriots wasted no time trying do just that.
On the Patriots first possession they were faced with a third-and-three play on their 34. If you guessed a 5-yard curl to Wes Welker was coming, like I did, you were wrong.
Brady looked about 12 yards down the left side, after Moss faked going long and stopped short. But Revis knocked away the pass to Moss, forcing the Patriots to punt.