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Brady: Edelman's circus Super Bowl catch 'one of the greatest'

Brady: Edelman's circus Super Bowl catch 'one of the greatest'

HOUSTON -- Even Tom Brady had a hard time understanding that Julian Edelman had actually caught it.

Maybe it was the sheer improbability of his favorite target plucking the ball with his fingertips milliseconds before it hit the turf. Maybe it was because those types of catches typically work against the Patriots. 

Whatever it was, Brady was as flabbergasted as anyone. 

"Yeah, I couldn’t believe it," said the game's MVP. "It was one of the greatest catches. We’ve been on the other end of a few of those catches and tonight, you know, we came up with it. It was a pretty spectacular catch. He had a hell of a game."

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When it was mentioned to Edelman that Brady called it one of the best catches he's seen, Edelman cracked, "I think that's because of our bromance."

The importance of the catch was no joke, though. 

It was the inverse of what David Tyree, Mario Manningham and Jermanie Kearse had done to the Patriots in Super Bowls past. It was a circus 23-yard gain that got the Patriots to the Atlanta 41-yard line with 2:28 remaining in regulation and the Patriots down, 28-20.

Falcons corner Robert Alford tipped Tom Brady's pass deep down the middle of the field, causing Edelman to dive and come back to the floating football. He angled off rookie safety Keanu Neal, and snared the ball just as it appeared it was about to hit the turf. Somehow, it never did, and the review was a relatively quick one.

"You may need a play or two like that to go your way in order to come out victorious," offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "And Julian did a great job of staying focused on the ball and kept his hands underneath it, and that was a great play for us."

Edelman actually double-caught the football, making it even more remarkable that he was able to control it without the help of the ground beneath him. But he may have had a hand from Alford's foot, it appeared. The ball was for a brief instant wedged on Alford's ankle, keeping it up for grabs.

"I knew I had a good feel on it," Edelman said. "I didn't know if a piece of the ball was touching. I don't know what the dang rule is. No one knows what the rule is for a catch. I was like, 'I think I caught it. I'm pretty sure I caught it.' "

A deflection. A cleat. A bobble. You can't blame Edelman's teammates on the sidelines for thinking it landed before he controlled it.

"Honestly, I didn't he caught it," said Alan Branch. "I hate to say it. Malcolm was right there yelling that he got it, and I didn't think he got it. Once I saw that he actually caught it, I started going crazy. That's one of the better catches that I've seen. The concentration that he had just to track it down and put his hand up under it. He's an elite receiver in the league for a reason. There it is."

After a 20-yard completion to Danny Amendola, a 14-yard reception by James White and then a 7-yard catch by White, the Patriots were suddenly at the goal line. Brady handed to White, who had the game of his life, for an easy touchdown, and a two-point conversion to Amendola tied it. 

Who knows if any of it happens without Edelman's catch that will be a staple on Super Bowl highlights for years to come.

"Man, that was the best catch that I've ever seen in person, hands down," said Dont'a Hightower. "I couldn't even tell. Julian The Incredible, that's what they call him. I'm so, so blessed for him to have that catch."

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

Julian Edelman's latest hype video cites Patriots bulletin board material

The New England Patriots don't like being counted out. And Julian Edelman is letting everyone know it ahead of their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edelman took to Twitter on Sunday to release a hype video ahead of the Chiefs game. This week, the clip was mostly an amalgamation of various clips of analysts that are counting the Patriots out after their loss to the Texans.

Here's a look at the video.

Included among the thoughts about the Patriots:

"Tom Brady is no longer elite." 

"The offense just has no weapons whatsoever."

"It's the end of the dynasty."

Safe to say, Edelman didn't take kindly to these. And he will use them as bulletin board material along with the rest of the Patriots.

And we all know what the Patriots do with bulletin board material.

The Patriots and Chiefs will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. Coverage for the game starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with Patriots Pregame Live.

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Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Patriots vs. Chiefs live stream: Watch NFL Week 14 game online

Sunday's Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium has been circled on NFL fans' calendars for many months.

When the schedule came out, this game was among the most anticipated of the 2019 season, and it's easy to understand why. These teams met twice last year, and each game ranked among the very best of the 2018 campaign. The Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 at home in Week 6, then beat KC again at Arrowhead Stadium with a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game.

This matchup will have huge implications for the AFC playoff race, too. A Patriots win helps them keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the conference.The Patriots and Ravens have identical 10-2 records, but Baltimore owns the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Chiefs lead the AFC West, and a win would go a long way in helping them contend for a top two seed. A loss would likely end Kansas City's hope of earning a first-round playoff bye.

Will the Patriots improve to 3-0 against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, or will the reigning MVP earn a huge victory and move Kansas City closer to a top-two seed?

Here’s how and when to watch Patriots vs. Chiefs online. Be sure to also watch “Pregame Live” at 2:30 p.m. ET and “Postgame Live” at 7:30 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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