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New England Patriots links 2/08/21 - Brady, Gronk put the kibosh on Chiefs’ dynastic dream

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NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots
Brady & Gronk forever
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Mac Jones as Patriots’ QB of future? Decision at No. 15 could be telling; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News: Putting a bow on the “Patriot Way.”
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Evaluating the state of the offensive line, 2021 OT class rankings.
  • Phil Perry’s Patriots Mailbag: Finding Patriots comps in this year’s draft class.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the top five running back prospects in this year’s draft.
  • Alexandra Francisco notes Aqib Talib identifies why players respect Bill Belichick. “Everyone knew they had a shot.”
  • Michael Hurley writes how Tom Brady is simply unbelievable.
  • Justin Leger notes Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LV performance produced one of the crazier NFL stats you’ll see: “Brady now has 21 career TD passes. That’s more than second place (Joe Montana, 11) and third place (Terry Bradshaw, 9) combined.”
  • Michael Hurley reports Tyrann Mathieu deletes Tweet after accusing Tom Brady of saying something bad during Super Bowl altercation.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots organization congratulated Tom Brady after he won his seventh Super Bowl.
  • Sean T. McGuire has a roundup of Patriots and NFL players reacting to Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl with the Bucs and being named MVP for the fifth time.
  • CBS Boston says Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to Disney World after their Super Bowl win.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Julian Edelman shares Super Bowl hype video featuring all the Tom Brady “doubters.”
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski star in “banned” T-Mobile Super Bowl commercial.
  • Matt Dolloff posts the clip of Kevin Harlan’s call of the Super Bowl streaker.
  • Tony Massarotti can go suck eggs. “Brady stakes his claim - as the greatest winner in the history of team sports.”


  • Will Bryan ( Important 2021 NFL offseason dates.
  • Dan Parr ( 2021 NFL Draft order: QB a priority for 12 teams entering offseason.
  • Jeff Legwold (ESPN) Meet the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How the NFL pulled off a pandemic Super Bowl, and how the Buccaneers dominated it.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Super Bowl LV: Strange season, normal result—Tom Brady wins his seventh title, leads Bucs over Chiefs.
  • Ryan Gaydos (Fox News) Tom Brady, Bucs dominate Chiefs to win Super Bowl LV. “Gronk and Brady became the duo with the most touchdowns in postseason history with 14 all-time.”
  • Jenna Laine (ESPN) ‘Tompa Bay’ is Titletown: Tom Brady, fierce defense lead Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl 2021 victory.
  • Adam Teicher (ESPN) Kansas City Chiefs’ dynasty delayed by Super Bowl 2021 loss. /There is no such thing.
  • Kevin Patra ( What we learned from the Buccaneers win over the Chiefs. “Grand hopes for the Kansas City Chiefs of becoming the NFL’s next dynasty were expunged emphatically by the one-man dynasty known as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The Winners and Losers of Super Bowl LV: Tom Brady keeps winning just to prove he can, and though Patrick Mahomes lost, he made highlight-worthy throws to the very end. Plus: taunting, a failed big-man reception, and more.
  • Daniel Canova (Fox News) Tom Brady’s dominance in Super Bowl LV further solidifies historic career. “Brady came away with his seventh championship, surpassing the Steelers and Patriots for the most Super Bowls in NFL history.”
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Rob Gronkowski thought he was done in 2018, but look at the Super Bowl LV champ now. /It’s always been Gronk. It’s never been Kelce. Spot on Shalise.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Tom Brady earned his seventh Championship through a perfect team win.
  • Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) Top 15 plays from Super Bowl 2021: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski go vintage while Bucs D pummels Patrick Mahomes.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Super Bowl LV was about QB mythmaking, just not in the way we thought.
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) On a bum foot with a patchwork O-line, Super Bowl LV was Patrick Mahomes’ worst loss as a pro.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Chris Jones on litany of Chiefs penalties in loss: ‘Usually you let the guys play.’
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) Officiating hurt the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, but so did the team’s own mistakes.
  • Mike Freeman (USA Today) Super Bowl 55 officiating was terrible but no conspiracy, just typically inconsistent.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady, Bucs smashed belief that NFL ‘Dream Team’ concept can’t pay off in immediate Super Bowl.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady’s late night texts told the Bucs how they could win Super Bowl LV. Then they went out and did it.
  • Highlights (ESPN) Tom Brady’s all-time Super Bowl highlight reel. (1.05 min. video) /Only 1 minute??? C’mon ESPN.
  • Mark Fischer (NY Post) Super Bowl streaker was planted by disgraced YouTube star.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2021 NFL Honors — Who won the league’s biggest awards? /Not the Pats.
  • Rich Cimini (ESPN) Ex-Jets coach Todd Bowles goes from green to greener pastures with Bucs.
  • Cameron Wolfe (ESPN) How a co-offensive coordinator plan impacts Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa.
  • Marcel Louis-Jacques (ESPN) Cap crunch means Bills likely to restructure or release notable veterans.


  • John Romano (Tampa Bay Times) Bucs are world champs, and there may never be a better tale to tell: The story of Tom Brady coming to Tampa Bay to win a record seventh Super Bowl sound too preposterous to be true.
  • Rick Stroud (Tampa Bay Times) Tom Brady, stifling Bucs defense lead to Super Bowl rout of Chiefs.
  • Gil Arcia (BucsNation) Buccaneers defense shuts down Mahomes.
  • Bailey Adams (BucsNation) Buccaneers vs. Chiefs Super Bowl LV recap: Dream season completed with 31-9 win, second Lombardi Trophy.
  • Vahe Gregorian (Kansas City Star) Amid anguish of last few days, Chiefs own desolate end to this could’ve-been season.
  • Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Chiefs) Ageless Bucs QB Tom Brady schools Chiefs, Mahomes and takes home fifth Super Bowl MVP.
  • Pete Sweeney (ArrowheadPride) Todd Bowles’ Bucs defense had perfect plan to stifle Chiefs.
  • Pete Sweeney (ArrowheadPride) Chiefs-Bucs Super Bowl LV rapid reaction: ‘Run It Back’ campaign falls just short.
  • Herbie Teope (Kansas City Star) ‘You can’t have that.’ Chiefs anguish over number of penalties in Super Bowl loss.
  • Pete Grathoff (Kansas City Star) NBC rules analyst takes issue with penalties called on Kansas City Chiefs defense.
  • Sam Mellinger (Kansas City Star) All that matters in Kansas City is that 5-year-old child, and honesty. Not football.