Patriots at Panthers: Steve Smith and Aqib Talib get into two scuffles (GIF)

Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Monday Night Football contest between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers has certainly gotten off to a hot start this evening.

With there finally being a Monday night game featuring two teams with something to fight for, we knew coming in that both teams were going to play about as hard as they can.

Generally, with that, comes some scuffles, and we had one early between two notorious loudmouths in Steve Smith and Aqib Talib.

Now, the rivalry between these two dates back to when Talib was in Tampa and the two of them played in the same division, matching up twice a year against each other.

Early on in their reunion tonight, Smith caught a difficult pass over the middle and was taken down by Talib. The only thing was, Talib didn’t seem to want to let go of Smith’s leg, even after the play was over, in moronic fashion.

And then, well, the battle began:




But, it wasn’t over there as shortly thereafter, the two went at it again. Shocker:

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