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Brees, Payton second to Brady, Belichick in all-time wins -- by huge margin

Brees, Payton second to Brady, Belichick in all-time wins -- by huge margin

Even if the New England Patriots' dynasty crumbles tomorrow, its records are safe for quite some time.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton earned their 117th regular-season win together Monday night against the Carolina Panthers, moving them past the Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino and Don Shula for the second-most regular season wins by a QB/head coach duo in the Super Bowl era.

Next in Brees and Payton's sights: New England Patriots duo Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have combined to win ... 205 regular-season games.

Only 88 wins to go, guys!

To put that gap into perspective, here's what would need to happen for Brees and Payton to catch Brady and Belichick:

1. Brady and Belichick both suddenly retire before Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

2. Brees and Payton win their final two games this season, go 16-0 in each of the next five seasons and win the first three games of the 2024 campaign, when Brees is 45 years old.

Piece of cake if you ask us. 

(We haven't even mentioned Brady and Belichick's 27 postseason wins together; Brees and Payton have seven.)

This nugget is a friendly reminder amid the doom and gloom in New England that the Patriots still employ the most successful quarterback/head coach tandem in NFL history by a wide margin. And that status won't change anytime soon.

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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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