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Julian Edelman had hilarious reaction to big bet on Patriots going south

Julian Edelman pumps up the crowd

You win some and you lose some in sports gambling, and Julian Edelman definitely lost some this weekend.

The ex-New England Patriots receiver made a huge bet on the team heading into the Wild Card round. The bet was part of a paid promotion by Edelman for WynnBET Sportsbook.

Edelman bet $50,000 that the Patriots would make the Super Bowl, which would have paid $375,000 had it hit.

Unfortunately for Edelman, the bet most definitely did not hit. New England got shelled by the Buffalo Bills, losing 47-17 in a game that was never close.

Edelman had a hilarious reaction to his bet going down the tubes. He posted the “I am never going to financially recover from this” meme from “Tiger King” with his face edited in. He also jokingly asked his sportsbook what their return policy was.

Edelman, who played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Patriots, was going to go down with his team. But alas, go down Edelman did indeed.

There is a bright side for Edelman though. If he manages to win on the other bet that he placed for the playoffs, he could still walk away a winner overall.

Photo: Sep 26, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Former New England Patriots Julian Edelman is honored during halftime against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick reveals plans for 2022 season

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

The New England Patriots suffered arguably their most embarrassing loss of the Bill Belichick era on Saturday night, but it wasn’t quite bad enough to force the legendary coach into retirement.

Belichick, whose Patriots are fresh off a 47-17 loss in their AFC Wild Card game, held his end-of-the-year press conference with reporters on Sunday. He offered a very forward-looking perspective, which prompted a question about whether he plans to coach in 2022. Belichick essentially confirmed he is not going anywhere.

Belichick, who will turn 70 in April, wasn’t thinking about retirement to begin with. The Patriots showed a lot of promise this year, and Mac Jones should continue to get better. There’s a lot for them to build on. Plus, Belichick could never walk away after such a bad loss.

The Bills totally dominated the Patriots and made some incredible history in the process. That will undoubtedly leave a foul taste in Belichick’s mouth. He’ll be just as focused this offseason as he has throughout his Hall of Fame career.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bills accomplish astonishing feat in playoff win over Patriots

Sean McDermott in Bills gear

The Buffalo Bills didn’t just beat the New England Patriots in the playoffs on Saturday night. They destroyed them.

Buffalo smashed New England 47-17 in their AFC Wild Card game, ending the Patriots’ season. Whatever embarrassment the Bills endured during a Monday night loss to the Pats earlier in the season was completely reversed and handed right back.

The Bills scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions of the game. The only time they didn’t score came when they kneeled out the clock at the end. That resulted in a record performance.

According to Football Perspective, the Bills became the first team to go an entire game without punting, kicking a field goal, turning the ball over, or turning the ball over on downs.

That is one heck of an accomplishment, and it perfectly captures how superb and dominant of a game the Bills played.

Remember how badly the Patriots embarrassed the Bills on Dec. 6 in Week 13? New England won a game while attempting just three passes. Not only did Buffalo turn around and win the rematch in Week 16, but then they won the elimination game in the playoffs without leaving a doubt.

What a win for the Bills.

Photo: Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott before the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Look: Stefon Diggs has fitting pair of cleats before freezing playoff game

Stefon Diggs

It is hard to be fashionable in near zero-degree weather, but Stefon Diggs somehow managed to find a way.

The Buffalo Bills receiver showed up for Saturday’s frigid Wild Card playoff game against the New England Patriots with a very fitting pair of cleats. The cleats were designed in the style of the animated film series “Ice Age” and depicted the characters Sid the sloth and Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel.

Diggs often wears creative cleat designs, though he only wears them before games to avoid uniform violations.

The weather conditions for Saturday’s game will definitely be akin to some prehistoric cold. The temperature at kickoff is expected to be around seven degrees with sub-zero wind chill.

The Bills and Patriots already met during the regular season in extreme cold conditions, leading to a truly bizarre game. Saturday’s Wild Card game could be even wilder, and Diggs is making sure that he is dressed for the occasion.

Photo: Sep 27, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) dances while leaving the field following the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Tickets to Patriots-Bills playoff game are going for surprising prices

Bills fans cheer for their team

Saturday night will mark the first time in 25 years that the Buffalo Bills get to play a postseason game in front of a packed home stadium, but demand for tickets hasn’t been nearly as high as anticipated.

As of Friday morning, there were still plenty of tickets available on sites like Ticketmaster and Stubhub. The get-in-the-door price was somewhere in the $30-40 dollar range.

Bills fans pride themselves on being some of the most loyal and passionate in all of sports. Less than 7,000 were allowed to attend last year’s home playoff game due to government mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time Buffalo hosted a playoff game before that was 1996. So why the discount prices?

For starters, temperatures are expected to be in the single digits at kickoff on Saturday night. That could certainly be a factor, though you would think Buffalo fans would be accustomed to that weather. Fans are also required to show proof of COVID vaccination to attend the game, so it’s possible some are turned off by that.

Whatever the case, the get-in price at Highmark Stadium is far lower than that of any of the other five playoff games this weekend. If the cold is the primary concern for Bills fans, Bart Scott has a suggestion for how they can overcome it.

Photo: Jan 9, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills fans celebrate winning the AFC East by gaining a win over the New York Jets at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy shares funny exchange he had with Robert Kraft about Tom Brady

Robert Kraft

It is hardly a secret that Robert Kraft wanted to re-sign Tom Brady two years ago, and the New England Patriots owner has apparently made little effort to keep that to himself.

LeSean McCoy, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, shared a funny story on the “I Am Athlete” podcast this week about an exchange he had with Kraft. McCoy says he bumped into Kraft at a party last offseason and couldn’t resist asking the 80-year-old how the Patriots let Brady walk. Kraft made it clear it wasn’t his choice.

McCoy says Kraft told him he was “mad” that Bill Belichick chose not to re-sign Brady. Kraft also said, according to McCoy, that he told Belichick he better win a Super Bowl now without Brady. You can hear the story about halfway through the clip below:

Kraft has said he views Brady like a son. He has also indicated that it was Brady’s choice to leave New England, but there is obviously a lot more to that story. Brady likely would have preferred to stay with the Pats, but Belichick wasn’t willing to give him everything he wanted, whether it be contractually or with constructing the team.

It had to have stung both Kraft and Belichick that Brady left the Patriots and immediately won a Super Bowl. Belichick is a Hall of Famer no matter how you cut it, but it would certainly help his legacy if he can win another ring in the post-Brady era.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Patriots star making massive bet on team

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

One former New England Patriots player is putting a major bankroll on the team heading into the postseason.

Retired ex-Pats receiver Julian Edelman revealed on Twitter this week that he bet $100,000 on a Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl this year. Edelman got the money from a partnership with WynnBET Sportsbook and decided to spend it all on that bet.

It equals to $50,000 on the Patriots to win the AFC (which would pay out $375,000) and $50,000 on the Bucs to win the NFC (which would pay out $170,000). If Edelman is correct on both legs, he will take home $545,000 from his original $100,000.

Edelman then posted a funny video of himself breaking the news of his six-figure bet to his parents.

It would not be too surprising to see Tampa Bay come out of the NFC. They are the defending champions, the No. 2 seed, and the team with Tom Brady, Edelman’s old quarterback. But the Patriots, the AFC’s No. 6 seed, are the longshots here as well as the biggest possible moneymakers for Edelman.

We already got a warning from one notable NFL figure that New England could make it back to the Super Bowl. Now Edelman, who was a Patriot for 12 total seasons, is betting some serious cabbage on it to happen too.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Patriots screwed by terrible unnecessary roughness call on fake punt

Patriots commit a penalty against Dolphins

The New England Patriots got off to a slow start in their game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and a bad call late in the first half didn’t help.

Miami jumped out to a 14-0 lead before the Patriots appeared to come up with a big fourth-down stop late in the first quarter. The Dolphins attempted a fake punt, and punter Michael Palardy did not get to the first-down marker. However, Patriots special teamer Brandon Bolden was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting Palardy in the head area.

The problem is replays showed that Bolden didn’t even make contact with Palardy. Here’s the video:

Unfortunately, the play was not reviewable. You can see why the referee thought Bolden made contact, but he didn’t. The flag should have been picked up.

Instead of a turnover on downs, the Dolphins were awarded a first down. They finished the drive with a field goal to take a 17-0 lead.

Heated rivals Patriots, Jets have funny exchange on Twitter

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

As division rivals who respectively represent the Boston and New York City areas, the New England Patriots and New York Jets do not exactly like each other. Sunday marked a rare peace offering of sorts between the two though.

The Patriots posted Sunday on Twitter that they were begrudgingly rooting for the Jets. In order to win the AFC East, New England needs to win their game over the Miami Dolphins and for the Jets to defeat the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots and Bills both have a 10-6 record at the moment, but Buffalo owns the tiebreaker by virtue of having a better divisional record.

“Can’t believe we’re about to say this but … Let’s go @nyjets?!” the Patriots tweeted.

The Jets hilariously replied with the famous GIF of Alonzo Mourning in order to indicate mixed feelings.

On just about every other week of the year, the Patriots and Jets can’t stand each other, thanks largely to the former’s dominance in the division that has prevented the latter from winning a division title since 2002. The two teams even had another instance of bad blood earlier this season.

But in Week 18, the Patriots are reluctantly on the Jets’ side. That appears to be enough for a temporary cease-fire between the two rivals for now.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bills accomplished 1 incredibly rare feat against Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

The New England Patriots could not come up with the stops they needed to mount a comeback against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In fact, they barely came up with any stops at all. Josh Allen and company may not have realized it at the time, but they pulled off the seemingly impossible against Bill Belichick.

The Bills did not punt once during their 33-21 win over the Patriots. As ESPN’s Mike Reiss noted, that was the first time in Belichick’s coaching career that a team has had zero punts against him. That’s pretty remarkable considering he has coached nearly 500 games.

Buffalo did turn the ball over on downs once, when they were stopped on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line. That was a huge stop for the Patriots at the time, as they were trailing 10-7. It didn’t matter, however, as they went three-and-out on the next drive and the Bills scored a touchdown to take a 17-7 lead into the half.

The Bills converted several third- and fourth-down plays on a day where the Patriots simply couldn’t get off the field. Buffalo’s aggressive approach paid off.

Belichick was understandably in a foul mood again after his team’s second straight loss. It’s no surprise he didn’t want to answer a question about his New Year’s resolution.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports