Cam Newton should have been grinning from ear to ear Sunday after leading the Patriots to a 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins in his New England debut.
Instead, cameras caught the 31-year-old quarterback exchanging heated words with several Dolphins players after the final whistle and his teammates escorting him off the field as he continued to jaw at his opponents.
So, what had Newton so hot and bothered? Apparently a Dolphins player tried to rip the gold chain from his neck.
"They was reaching for my chain, though," Newton told reporters in his postgame press conference. "They was reaching for my chain. And I think that kind of got up under my skin."
Video of the scuffle appears to show Dolphins defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis grabbing at Newton's chain.
Newton tried to downplay the incident but admitted he almost let his anger get the best of him by referring to the Atlanta-area city where he grew up.
"I don't want nothing to be taken from a great team game that we did have, and I don't want to be selfish to kind of dwell on that.
"I think for us as a team or me personally, a lot of tempers can flare, and I was just teasing with coach, that College Park almost came out of me. But through it all, man, it was all just fun and games."
Newton did appear in a better mood during his postgame press conference -- perhaps because the Dolphins' attempts were unsuccessful, according to the QB.
"I still got my chain," Newton said. "I got two of them, as you can see."