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He’s right about that.

“It’s certainly not my intent. I’m sure there’s 50,000 cameras on the game. If I did that I’m sure they’d show it,” Brady said, sounding innocent. “I don’t think I’ve ever pointed at anybody. That’s not my style.”

Even if he did rub it in by gesturing to the New York sideline after scoring during a 45-3 win Dec. 6, it could have been prevented — by the Jets themselves.

“He was pretty demonstrative when we played him up there last time,” Jets linebacker Jason Taylor said. “I come from the school of thought where if you don’t want someone to celebrate or be excited or say something to you or do something that you might perceive as offensive, then don’t let them score.”

Cromartie said he hopes Brady tries to pick on him Sunday for his remark.

But is there a line that can be crossed that goes beyond trash talking?

“I’m sure there is,” Belichick said calmly.

And what is that?

“I don’t know,” he said. “In my mind right now it’s the New York Jets Sunday at 4:30.”

Might all the jabbering have an effect on the Patriots performance then?

“We’ll see on Sunday night at 7:30,” Brady said. “That’s when everybody will be able to tell whether it played a role or not.”

It will be Brady’s first postseason game since the worst one in a career in which he is 14-4 in the playoffs with three Super Bowl championships. He lost in the first round last season to Baltimore, 33-14. In the first quarter alone, he threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and was sacked twice as Baltimore took a 24-0 lead. Even his home fans booed him.

He hasn’t talked much about whether that loss motivates him but he appears more driven this season. He’s thrown 36 touchdown passes and only four interceptions, just one more than the Ravens picked off in that rout.

“That’s kind of hard to do in this league,” Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said, “and he’s doing it like a piece of cake.”

Ryan keeps saying he respects Brady as a player but won’t punish Cromartie for using a nasty word.

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