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The Brothers McCourty: Devin and Jason's mom excited to see sons in Super Bowl

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The Brothers McCourty: Devin and Jason's mom excited to see sons in Super Bowl

Brothers Jason and Devin McCourty will both take the field on Sunday night wearing the same uniform.

While the paths taken by both Patriots defensive backs to get to this point differ dramatically, they will both play with the same goal—to win Super Bowl LIII.

Both twins are so identical that coach Bill Belichick at times cannot tell them apart. But appearance and last name are not the only factors the twins have in common.

Both attended the same high school in northern New Jersey: Saint Joseph Regional. Both went on to play college football at Rutgers.

Devin redshirted his first year with the Scarlet Knights in 2005, and played in all 13 games in his freshman year in 2006. His brother Jason meanwhile, was a starting cornerback on the team for three seasons before being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009. Devin was drafted by the Patriots in 2010.

From there, the brothers' paths diverged. While Devin McCourty competed for Super Bowls and conference championships with the Patriots, Jason was stuck on the Titans, cellar-dwellers of the AFC South who did not qualify for the playoffs once during his nine-year tenure with the team.

Jason signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2017, before being traded to the Patriots to reunite with his brother last offseason.

The experience has been surreal, not only for the brothers, but for their mom Phyllis as well. She told ESPN:

"I'm so grateful because I get to see them live out their dream," Phyllis said. "I didn't tell my sons this, but I did tell their wives: If they win the Super Bowl together, I'm going to grab some of the confetti and lay out on the field and do an angel."

Devin is also thrilled at the opportunity to compete in the Super Bowl with his brother, as he explained to reporters:

"I don't know for sure, man. But I do look at it—if we can win this game, winning with my brother [Jason], I don't know what else I could do that could top that."

It's a rare feat for brothers to be able to appear together in the Super Bowl.

Brothers Jim and John Harbaugh are the latest example, as they squared off as coaches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively, in Super Bowl XLVII.

Devin's comments have fueled speculation that he may retire following the game—taking advantage of the opportuntiy to "go out on top" in one last game, with the opportunity to compete for the Lombardi trophy, with his brother by his side.

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NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC seeds, matchups, standings after Week 14

NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC seeds, matchups, standings after Week 14

Sunday was a great day for the Baltimore Ravens, whose standing atop the AFC was strengthened with their victory over the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Unless something drastic happens, the road to Super Bowl LIV in February will travel through M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The top two seeds in the NFC are still up for grabs after a wild day of exciting action, highlighted by the San Francisco 49ers' 48-46 win over the New Orleans Saints on the road.

Here's a look at the updated AFC and NFC playoff pictures based on the outcome of the Week 14 games. This story will be updated as more games conclude.

AFC
1. Baltimore Ravens, 11-2, AFC North leader: Bye week

The Ravens held on to their lead atop the AFC with a 24-17 road win over the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were the Ravens' toughest test remaining in the regular season. Baltimore has three very winnable games (vs. Jets, at Browns, vs. Steelers) left, making the AFC North leaders clear favorites to secure the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

2. New England Patriots, 10-3, AFC East leader: Bye week
The Patriots still have the No. 2 seed after losing to the Chiefs at home Sunday. Earning the No. 1 seed likely would require the Patriots to win all of their remaining games and for the Ravens to drop two of their last three matchups. The chances of that scenario playing out are pretty slim, though. New England's focus now must be to preserve its playoff bye -- the Chiefs and Bills are the top two threats for the No. 2 seed. The Patriots also have only a one-game lead over the Bills for first place in the AFC East, but these two teams will play in Foxboro in two weeks.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4, AFC West leader) vs. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5, second wild card)
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes earned his first career win versus the Patriots to improve Kansas City's standing in the AFC playoff race. The Chiefs' win, combined with the Texans' loss, moves Kansas City up from the No. 4 seed to the No. 3 seed. Houston owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Kansas City if these teams finish with identical records. The Chiefs host the Denver Broncos, travel to play the Chicago Bears and finish at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. They also clinched the AFC West title Sunday.

The Steelers maintained their hold on the second wild card spot with a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh owns the tiebreaker over Tennessee based on win percentage in conference games.

4. Houston Texans (8-5, AFC South leader) vs. 5. Buffalo Bills (9-4, first wild card)
The Texans followed their huge win over the Patriots in Week 13 with an awful performance versus the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Houston lost 38-24 and at one point trailed 21-0 in the second quarter. The Texans play the Tennessee Titans in two of their final three games of the season, and those matchups likely will decide the AFC South division. Both teams will be 8-5 entering Week 15, but Houston currently owns the tiebreaker over Tennessee based on win percentage in division games.

The Bills failed their toughest challenge of the season and lost at home to the Ravens despite a late comeback attempt. Buffalo remains in a great position to make the playoffs, but a wild card berth is the most likely scenario. The Bills still have a chance to win the AFC East, but that likely would require winning their final three games, including a Week 16 showdown versus the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

In the Hunt
7. Tennessee Titans, 8-5
8. Cleveland Browns, 6-7
9. Oakland Raiders, 6-7
10. Indianapolis Colts, 6-7

NFC
1. San Francisco 49ers, 11-2, NFC West leader: Bye week
The 49ers went into New Orleans and earned a 48-46 victory behind four touchdown passes from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It easily was the 49ers' best win of the season, and it temporarily moves them back into the No. 1 seed ahead of the rival Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks can reclaim first place in the conference by beating the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. Seattle owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over San Francisco. The 49ers and Seahawks will play once more in Seattle in Week 17.

2. Green Bay Packers, 10-3, NFC North leader: Bye week
The Packers took care of business at home with an unconvincing win against the Washington Redskins to maintain their one-game advantage over the Vikings for first place in the NFC North. Those two rivals will play once more in Week 16, and that game could have huge implications on NFC playoff seeding, as well as the division title race.

3. New Orleans Saints (10-3, NFC South leader) vs. 6. Minnesota Vikings (9-4, second wild card)
The Saints lost to the 49ers at home despite six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) from quarterback Drew Brees. New Orleans dropped from the No. 1 seed to the No. 3 seed because it loses the tiebreaker to the Packers based on win percentage in conference games. The Saints already have clinched the NFC South title, but now a playoff bye is in jeopardy. 

The Vikings beat the Detroit Lions at home Sunday to keep the pressure on the Packers in the NFC North race.

4. Dallas Cowboys (6-7, NFC East leader) vs. 5. Seattle Seahawks (10-2, first wild card)
The Cowboys went into Chicago and disappointed on "Thursday Night Football" by losing to the Bears. Dallas' defense got roasted by Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and that tells you everything about the state of the Cowboys right now. Despite the loss, the Cowboys still lead the NFC East -- easily the worst division in the league -- and would host a Wild Card playoff game against the 10-win Seahawks if the season ended today. The league reportedly will not consider re-seeding despite the NFC East's struggles.

In the Hunt
7. Los Angeles Rams, 7-5
8. Chicago Bears, 7-6

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

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Tom Brady on having elbow wrapped after Patriots loss: 'I'll be fine'

There are still three days until the Patriots release their first injury report ahead of their Week 15 matchup against the Bengals, but Tom Brady has a prediction: his name will show up.

When Brady went to the podium following Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, his right elbow was heavily wrapped.

"I just got hit right on my elbow. It's fine," Brady said. "I'll probably be on the injury report, but I'll be there next Sunday."

Brady was sacked three times Sunday while going just 19-for-36 for 169 yards, his second-lowest total of the season and his third sub-200 yard game of the 2019 season.

The 42-year-old quarterback also appeared on last week's injury report thanks to toe and elbow issues, but he was taken off the report Friday ahead of the Chiefs game.

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