They talked about realizing who they are -- and what they can become.
"And then," said Jets running back Thomas Jones, "there comes a time when all the talk and understanding in the world gets you nowhere. There comes that time that you actually have to do it. That's what this was all about. Man, you just have to go play."
Like: Your house can become our house.
Like: Undefeated season? Over.
The Jets (8-3) were supposed to be a nice little team that could, Favre's new team, one that finally created an answer for the Patriots and maybe could use that as the table-setter for Tennessee. Maybe became a certainty as the Jets dispatched of the Titans as if New York's hardest work was already done. As if they are preparing for much more than this.
"The thing I stressed before the game is execute the game plan," coach Eric Mangini said.
It was not talk that proved cheap.
When you get the ball for more than 40 minutes and they have it for fewer than 20, when you lead in rushing first downs 9-1, when you lead in rushing yards 192-45, only punt once and are penalized only three times for 27 yards, you got the game plan.
When you mount scoring drives of 76, 78, 66, 35, 80 and 75 yards -- and the last four were in consecutive order to end the game -- you got the game plan.
Mangini was proud. Rightly so.
"You've got to give that guy credit," Griffin said. "Favre knows everything."
"They got the ball out very quickly," Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan said. "Now, that's not a problem when you know it's coming the same way. If you get in the right spots, it's no problem. We weren't in the right spots enough."
White with 7:04 left in the first quarter ran left on a third-and-1 play from the Tennessee 42 and lost a yard. He did not carry the football again.
And he was not happy about it.
"I work hard in practice, I prepare, I'm ready and I don't get a shot," White said. "It's stupid. Once I saw I wasn't going to get the chance to play I didn't pay attention to the game. This is crazy."
Every Tennessee fan who watched this game must have thought the same thing about this loss after watching their team streak toward an undefeated season. "This is crazy!" they were likely muttering in the stands.
From unbeaten to broken. Smacked, really.
They do so with a team that is learning not to blink. A team feeding off the Favre frenzy, this quarterback's maturity and knowledge and passion and talent.
They return home with something they gained in New England and increased here -- confidence.
"You know what," said Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, "we have been talking about playing in a confident way for a while and we've been talking about maximizing our potential. We've talked about keeping our feet on a team's throat when we get ahead and what it would mean for us if we could knock off this undefeated team. Now we don't have to talk about those kinds of things anymore. This puts the talk aside. This gives us a standard to maintain."