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Tom Brady wears massive jacket on sideline

Tom Brady was seen wearing a jacket on the sidelines to stay warm during the AFC Championship Game. His jacket wasn’t just any jacket, though. It was a massive jacket. The coat had to be large enough to fit around Brady while he was wearing his shoulder pads, and there was very little doubt that…Read More

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Bill Belichick did not know Falcons had beaten Packers

Bill Belichick

What kind of preparation and focus does it take to reach seven Super Bowls as a head coach? The type of preparation that leads a head coach not to even know whom he’ll be facing.

In his postgame news conference after guiding the Patriots to a 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night, Bill Belichick was asked for his thoughts on facing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

Belichick said he didn’t even know Atlanta had won:

Talk about having blinders on.

But this actually makes sense. The Patriots didn’t have time to think about the Falcons or Green Bay Packers because they needed to take care of business themselves. Both conference championship games were played back-to-back, so any time focused on another game would have taken away from the Patriots’ efforts to beat the Steelers, who are a very good team.

He may have been completely focused on beating the Steelers, but at least he enjoyed himself after the win by kissing his girlfriend.

Martellus Bennett dances with Patriots cheerleaders after win

Martellus Bennett

Martellus Bennett has been in the NFL for nine seasons and never made it as far in the playoffs as he has this season. So when the New England Patriots clinched a berth to the Super Bowl on Sunday, he was all about the celebration.

The Patriots tight end got down with the Patriots’ cheerleaders at Gillette Stadium after the win:

The only question is which Bennett celebrated a Super Bowl berth better: Martellus or Michael on the bike?

Antonio Brown sad face gets Crying Jordan treatment

Antonio Brown Crying Jordan

This was not a good week for Antonio Brown.

First the Steelers wide receiver was at the center of a controversy for live-streaming the team’s postgame celebration last weekend on Facebook. Then Pittsburgh lost to the New England Patriots badly in the AFC Championship Game, leaving Brown heartbroken.

Here he was sulking late in the game:

Brown’s pose was just begging for the Crying Jordan treatment:

Brown finished with 7 catches for 77 yards on 18 targets.

Bill Belichick kisses girlfriend Linda Holliday after win

Bill Belichick Linda Holliday

How did Bill Belichick celebrate his seventh Super Bowl berth? By smooching his girlfriend, Linda Holliday.

The New England Patriots head coach was shown by CBS’ TV cameras in a good mood and celebrating after his Patriots beat the Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship Game. He gave a hug and kiss to Holliday, and the public display of affection was shown on TV.

That’s very unlike Belichick, who has mastered the art of publicly appearing to be a robot.

Scott Zolak fires up Patriots fans with Roger Goodell sign

Scott Zolak

New England Patriots radio analyst Scott Zolak got the team’s fans fired up during the second half of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday by holding up a Roger Goodell sign.

Zolak, a former Patriots quarterback, held up a sign saying “Where is Roger”. He was shown on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium, which sparked a chant.

Of course, Goodell is not in New England as he decided to attend a playoff game in Atlanta for the second straight week. Because of the Deflategate investigation and penalty, Goodell knows he is despised in New England, and he’s made it his business to avoid Gillette Stadium.

With their team continuing to have success and playing for Super Bowls despite the NFL’s penalties, Pats fans are more motivated than ever to stick it to Goodell, especially since the NFL commissioner still thinks he got everything right.

Patriots get benefit of doubt on Tom Brady fumble

Tom Brady fumble

The New England Patriots got the benefit of the doubt on a fumble in the third quarter of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Patriots had a 3rd and 1 at their 45 and Tom Brady ran a QB sneak. He got the first down, but he did not come out of the pileup with the ball. The officials initially gave the ball to New England.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged the ruling on the field. After a review, the ruling on the field stood because the officials determined there was not enough evidence to overturn the call.

Here’s what VP of Officiating Dean Blandino said about the call:

Replays appeared to show that Brady lost the ball before hitting the ground … and the Steelers emerged with the football. Yet the ball stuck with the Pats.

New England ended up kicking a field goal on the drive to go up 20-9.

Earl Watson drops funny quote about youth of Suns

The Phoenix Suns roster is brimming with youth, and head coach Earl Watson is choosing to embrace that reputation of theirs.

Before the Suns played the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday, Watson dropped this priceless one-liner in response to a question about the growth of his young team, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

What’s great is that Watson isn’t even exaggerating here. Four players on the Suns (19-year-olds Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, and Derrick Jones Jr. and 20-year-old Devin Booker) are not yet of legal drinking age in the United States. Another one, Tyler Ulis, just turned 21 on January 5, while 23-year-olds Alex Len, Alan Williams, and TJ Warren and 25-year-old Brandon Knight round out the team’s youth circuit.

While they may indeed be able to go for a team beer in Canada where the legal drinking age is 18, the Suns’ inexperience has often shown this season as they are just 14-29 on the year. Still, Watson is himself a young head coaching buck at just 37 years old (as evidenced by this rule he’s put into place for the team), so they haven’t even begun to scratch the ceiling of their potential.

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