CLEVELAND (AP)—All the hilarious trash talking behind them, Rex and Rob Ryan walked out of the stadium together and on to their next adventure.
The bombastic brothers were sharply dressed in silk suits, a drastic departure from their usual sideline garb of untucked shirts and headsets. They looked like winners, and after a game that lasted nearly five quarters, both had every right to feel like a champion.
Only Rex could claim victory.
His New York Jets had done it again.
Santonio Holmes scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 16 seconds left in overtime Sunday, giving the Jets their eighth straight regular-season road win, 26-20 over the Cleveland Browns, who again showed they're no longer pushovers.
The Jets (7-2) became the first team in NFL history to win two straight overtime games on the road. They won 23-20 in Detroit last week.
"That's about as tough as it gets," Rex Ryan said. "We found ways to get it done."
Holmes caught a short pass from Sanchez, stepped away from three tacklers and sprinted into the end zone as the Jets outlasted the Browns (3-6), who played for the win in the closing minutes when they could have easily run out the clock for a tie.
After the game, Holmes almost felt sorry for Rob Ryan, Cleveland's defensive coordinator.
Rex Ryan told him not to.
"He wanted to apologize to my brother," Rex said. "I said, 'Hey, forget all that. Don't worry about that, buddy, he forgives you.'"
The Jets overcame three missed field goals by Nick Folk, including a 47-yarder in OT, and got all they could handle from the Browns.
"We can play with anybody and fight with anybody," said Cleveland coach Eric Mangini, who came up short against the team that fired him two years ago. "We fight and deal with adversity well."
The Ryan family held an impromptu reunion in one of the corridors inside Browns Stadium. The Ryan twins were joined by their famous father, Buddy, the longtime coordinator whose "46" defensive scheme has become a coaching staple. There were hugs and smiles.
Rex and Rob spent the week leading up to the game making fun of each other's diets and wardrobes. They shared a few laughs on the field before kickoff, but once the ball was in the air, the lovefest ended.
"At 1 o'clock, everybody becomes nameless, faceless objects — whether it is your twin brother or a friend," Rex Ryan said. "I feel bad for Cleveland. They played their hearts out. I don't want to do this game over."
Neither does Braylon Edwards, the Jets' mouthy wide receiver who made his first trip to Cleveland since being traded. Booed and berated by Cleveland fans all day, he finished with four catches for 59 yards. After his first grab, he was pummeled by several Browns.
But afterward, Edwards complimented Mangini's team.
"They look good. They're putting a team in place to be a contender," he said. "They took us to the end of the fifth quarter. I like what they're doing. I definitely think they're a team on the rise."