Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito noticed the Miami Dolphins trying to provoke him on social media.
It's safe to say it didn't work.
"This is my world," Incognito said after the Bills' 34-31 loss to the Dolphins on Saturday, in response to Miami defensive linemen Andre Branch and Jordan Phillips. "They stepped into my world. Those guys aren’t even in my stratosphere. I thought it was pretty funny. It got me juiced up."
Incognito helped the Bills to a whopping 272 yards on the ground. Asked how he was able to keep his emotions in check – which is something he hasn't always been able to do – Incognito had a simple response.
"Shoving the ball down their throat, that helps," he said.
To review, here were the posts from Branch and Phillips on Friday.
Killer instinct we can tell what's pretend pic.twitter.com/xOA4SN6jSP
— Andre Branch (@BranchNout90) December 23, 2016
Branch finished with five tackles and three quarterback hits, while Phillips had a pair of tackles.
"It's tough," Incognito said. "We fought. We fought. We kept fighting. We kept swinging. You know, it's a disappointing outcome."
Incognito has been one of Rex Ryan's biggest supporters. The loss most certainly will not help Ryan's tenuous job status.
"I don't know. That's not up to me," Incognito said of the speculation surrounding his head coach. "I did my best to get this win today, and that's it."