Battle of the Patriots' beards: Rob Ninkovich vs. Julian Edelman

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are all-business as they prepare for Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, although defensive end Rob Ninkovich allowed himself a brief light moment.

While answering questions from reporters during a Tuesday conference call, Ninkovich was asked about his bushy beard.

"Call it a seasonal beard -- full season," Ninkovich cracked, noting that he hasn't shaved since the end of July when training camp began.

At that point, receiver Julian Edelman's beard was mentioned to Ninkovich. He smiled.

"It’s not a full effort," Ninkovich cracked. "He’s taken too many pretty-boy pictures throughout the year for him to rock the full beard all year."