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Bill Belichick opens up on how Patriots' latest Super Bowl season was 'a little bit different'

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Bill Belichick opens up on how Patriots' latest Super Bowl season was 'a little bit different'

Winning a championship is an experience New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had gone through seven times before his team beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII last month, but you never would have guessed that judging by his post-game interactions with players and coaches. 

The 2018 season, even though it ended in triumph, was a difficult one for the Patriots in many respects. They failed to win 12-plus games for the first time since 2009, they struggled on the road and injuries/suspensions created tough challenges. 

This adversity is among the reasons why, as Belichick notes during a recent interview on SiriusXM Radio, it looked like the Patriots' coach had won the Super Bowl for the first time after the clock expired at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

"Every year is different. Each team is different," Belichick said. "The chemistry and what you expect to go through and the experience as a team makes each year unique. And even though the results were similar to what they've been before in some other special years, this one was just a little bit different.

"You know, we started off 1-2. We were 3-5 on the road, and there were just things along the way that didn't go the way that we hoped they would go. Some negativity and people counting us out, and talking about how bad we were and everything. Bad coaching, bad playing, bad everything. And then, at a point there at the end of the season, we were able to kind of play our best football in the most critical games at the most critical times in those games. And a lot of our execution was, I would say, the very best that it was all season, in some cases by quite a bit. It was very special and fulfilling for it to come together like that in spite of the adversity and other opinions.

"But there was a lot of internal belief in ourselves and the process of what we were doing. Fortunately, we were able to see those results manifest themselves in some critical games at critical times. I think that, kind of, the jubilation when all that culminated in Atlanta was what you saw there from all of us."

Belichick's latest Super Bowl performance was one of his best. His defense held a high-powered Rams offense to just three points.

The Patriots' next challenge is to repeat as champions -- something no NFL team has accomplished since Belichick's squad did it in 2004. After a tough start to the offseason, Belichick has his work cut out for him entering the 2019 campaign.

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Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Ex-Patriot Trent Brown denies domestic violence allegations in statement

Former Patriot and current Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown was sued by his ex-girlfriend for domestic violence, and he responded to the allegations with a statement via Twitter on Wednesday.

“I am aware that my ex-girlfriend has filed a civil suit against me,” Brown tweeted. “I deny the claims. They are false. I believe in the court system where I will clear my name. I will not be making any further comment at this time.”

The disturbing acts Brown is being accused of allegedly took place over the spring and summer of this year. After helping the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl title, the 26-year-old signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders in March.

The NFL is expected to investigate the civil allegations just as it investigated Antonio Brown's, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

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49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

49ers RB Matt Breida on possible Super Bowl vs. Patriots: 'I like our chances'

The New England Patriots (6-0) and San Francisco 49ers (5-0) are the only two undefeated teams remaining, so predictably there's already talk of a potential Super Bowl matchup between the two squads.

One thing is for certain: the 49ers aren't lacking confidence as they cruise into Week 7 of the 2019 season. Niners running back Matt Breida made that clear Tuesday night on NFL Total Access when asked how he'd feel about lining up against the defending champion Patriots in Super Bowl 54.

"I feel like I like our chances," Breida told Scott Hanson. We have a great team, great special teams, offense, defense, and everyone's playing at high energy right now. So we'll just have to wait and see."

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Given how dominant the 49ers have looked up to this point, it's no surprise they feel they can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league. Like the Patriots, their defense has been spectacular ranking at or near the top in almost every major statistical category. Offensively, Breida and fellow RBs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert have helped San Francisco establish one of the NFL's best rushing attacks.

Of course, with10 weeks of regular-season football left on the schedule, it's still far too early to be looking ahead to February. But we have to admit, a Tom Brady vs. Jimmy Garoppolo Super Bowl matchup sounds pretty exciting.

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