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Brady, Gilmore only Patriots selected for Pro Bowl

Brady, Gilmore only Patriots selected for Pro Bowl

Quarterback Tom Brady and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are the only two Patriots selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team.

The NFL announced the AFC and NFL teams Tuesday night.  The game is Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl, in Orlando. 

It's the 10th consecutive Pro Bowl for Brady and 14th selection overall. Of course, he hasn't actually played in the game since 2005 (he's usually tied up by Super Bowl preparations or just coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance). 

The 14th selection for Brady, 41, ties a record held by quarterback Peyton Manning, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive tackle Merlin Olsen and tight end Tony Gonzalez. 

Brady won the NFL MVP award last season, but this season has been less than MVP-caliber. His 97.6 passer rating is tied for 12th in the NFL, his 24 touchdowns are tied for 10th, his passing 3,979 yards are fifth and 65.9 completion percentage tied for 17th.

It's Gilmore's second Pro Bowl selection. His first was in 2016 when he was with the Buffalo Bills. He has two interceptions and is among the NFL leaders in pass breakups.

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Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

Bill Belichick hugging every Patriot after Chiefs win is great content

We've already seen some pretty great footage from inside the New England Patriots' locker room following their AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

But the Patriots' videographers caught the rarest of scenes: Bill Belichick doling out warm embraces like candy bars.

The team released its official "behind the scenes" video Tuesday of the visiting locker room celebration at Arrowhead Stadium, and it's worth a full watch.

The best part comes just 20 seconds in: Belichick standing at the door of the locker room, gleefully (by his standards) giving bear hugs to every Patriots player and coach as they walk in.

This is completely normal behavior after you've won the AFC title game as a road underdog, but it's an emotional side of the grizzled head coach that fans rarely see.

Belichick kept an even keel in a postgame speech to his players, however, congratulating them on a terrific win but reminding them that their Super Bowl LIII matchup with the Los Angeles Rams "will be tougher than this one -- but that's the way it's supposed to be when you're going all the way through."

Hey, the man speaks from experience.

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