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Watch: Bill Belichick appears to shove photographer

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick appeared to get physical with a photographer whom he felt got in his space during the Super Bowl postgame festivities.

Video shared by NFL Network’s Marc Sessler shows an exchange filmed off the Mercedes-Benz Stadium video board. The video appears to show Belichick shoving a photographer out of his way:

The media mob after games is almost unbearable. Those watching Tracy Wolfson’s attempt to interview Tom Brady after the game saw just how crowded it can get. But as we saw a few years ago, Belichick has made it clear he doesn’t like when people invade his space.

Stephon Gilmore predicted Patriots’ interception

Stephon Gilmore interception

Stephon Gilmore knew the New England Patriots’ defense would be given an opportunity to make a big play, and he was the one who made it.

Late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams trailed by seven points and were driving. On a second down play, Goff threw a pass intended for Brandin Cooks that was intercepted by Gilmore at the four-yard line, completely changing the game.

Gilmore apparently had a feeling Goff would present an opportunity for a turnover. According to teammate Jason McCourty, Gilmore predicted the interception.

Goff wasn’t the only member of the Rams to struggle during the team’s 13-3 loss. Head coach Sean McVay admitted he was outcoached by Bill Belichick and his staff.

Rob Gronkowski says he will make retirement decision in a week or two

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski’s playing future was a major topic of interest entering the Super Bowl, and it continues to be one afterwards.

The New England Patriots tight end said after winning Super Bowl LIII on Sunday that he will make a decision on retirement in the next week or two.

Compare that to Tom Brady, who made clear that he will continue to play and is not retiring.

Retirement rumors dogged Gronkowski during last year’s Super Bowl and was a topic during the offseason. He decided to return for another season, but after winning it all, you have to figure it would be a good time for Gronk to finally walk away. He played hurt all season, has dealt with multiple injuries throughout his career, and he’s a future Hall of Famer. What more does he have to prove?

Tom Brady not retiring despite winning sixth Super Bowl

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is not going anywhere.

Despite winning his sixth Super Bowl thanks to the New England Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Brady said he was not hanging them up.

During a postgame interview with CBS’ Tracy Wolfson after the game, Brady was asked whether winning it all changed his mind about continuing to play.

“That doesn’t change anything,” Brady said. “I can’t wait to spend some time with my family … my family, my kids and my wife. I couldn’t do it without their support. I’m so happy for my teammates. This is a dream come true for all of us.”

Brady has said multiple times that he plans to play into his mid-40s. He will turn 42 prior to the start of next season. Though he did not look to be at his best this season, he still played well, throwing for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns in the regular season. Like usual, he performed well in the postseason to help win another ring.

Even Mercedes-Benz takes shot at boring Super Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl was so boring by all standards that even Mercedes-Benz took a shot at it.

Mercedes-Benz is the sponsor of the Atlanta Falcons’ home stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is where the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots were playing on Sunday. Get a load of the tweet they sent late in the game:

So much shade.

They kept at it too:

If nothing else, at least they get credit for being honest. The first half was widely recognized as being incredibly boring.

Patrick Chung gets air cast after suffering arm injury

New England Patriots

Patrick Chung exited the field early in the second half of the Super Bowl after suffering an arm injury.

Chung went in for a tackle on a first down run by the Los Angeles Rams and instantly grabbed his right arm. He was on the field and received medical attention, with his arm being placed in an air cast.

A cart came out for the New England Patriots safety, who ended up walking off the field and into the tunnel.

The veteran led the Patriots with four tackles and a pass defended in the game. Duron Harmon came on for him

Twitter reacts to boring first half of Super Bowl

Jared goff

Super Bowl LIII gave us the second-lowest scoring first half in Super Bowl history. Those watching were put to sleep by the “boring” half of football.

As the Los Angeles Rams punted on all six of their possessions, while the Patriots struggled to execute and only scored three points, people couldn’t stop talking about how boring things were.

3-0, that was it. The Patriots missed a field goal, threw an interception, and were stopped on 4th-and-1 to prevent them from scoring more points. The Rams did nothing. This was not the way many thought the game would go.

Todd Gurley a non-factor early in Super Bowl

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley was a non-factor early in the Super Bowl on Sunday, sparking further concern about his health.

Gurley suffered a knee injury in the Los Angeles Rams’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. He then sat out the team’s final two regular season games before returning for the playoffs.

Against the Cowboys, Gurley rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, but CJ Anderson saw more carries in that game. The split was even more heavily in Anderson’s favor against the Saints, with Anderson getting 16 carries to Gurley’s four, and Gurley saying he deserved to be benched.

Through a quarter and a half of the Super Bowl, Anderson had four carries compared to one for Gurley.

If Anderson were playing well and breaking off big runs, keeping him in would make sense. But he wasn’t, making Gurley’s absence even more pronounced.

CBS later reported that Gurley was favoring his knee, though the Rams said there was nothing to note about his status. Fans and viewers will say otherwise — there’s no reason Anderson would be getting more action than Gurley if the former first-round pick were at 100 percent.

Rob Gronkowski comes up limping after catch

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski was a big factor in the New England Patriots’ offense early in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he did take some punishment.

After making a catch on third-and-long in the second quarter, Gronkowski was taken down by two Los Angeles Rams defenders. His left knee seemed to take a shot as he was tackled and he came up limping.

One good sign is that Gronk waved off the team’s trainer after hitting the sideline.

Gronkowski has battled injuries all season, dealing with back and heel/Achilles issues. Seeing him come up limping so early in the game was a concern.

Gronk had four catches for 40 yards in the early going. New England kicked a field goal after Gronk’s catch to take a 3-0 lead.

Stephen Gostkowski burned by TV announcer, graphics jinx

Stephen Gostkowski

The New England Patriots missed out on points on each of their first two drives of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, and a jinx is being blamed for one of the missed chances.

Prior to Stephen Gostkowski attempting a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter, CBS announcer Jim Nantz mentioned that no kicker had missed a field goal at the stadium that season. They even showed a graphic noting how NFL kickers were 31/31 on field goals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

So guess what happened? Gostkowski missed the kick, of course. That was his third straight Super Bowl with a missed kick.

Not only did they have the missed kick in the first quarter, but Tom Brady threw an interception to end the team’s first possession, spoiling a scoring opportunity. It had to be the jinx!