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Clutch Dont'a Hightower receives fitting nickname from Patriots teammate

Clutch Dont'a Hightower receives fitting nickname from Patriots teammate

The New England Patriots probably have two fewer Super Bowl championships if not for Dont'a Hightower's clutch play in his NFL playoff career.

The Alabama product made the Malcolm Butler interception in Super Bowl XLIX possible by shedding a block and tackling Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch at the one-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Hightower's strip-sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI was a pivotal play in New England's legendary comeback from trailing 28-3. Hightower also played very well in the Patriots' win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, where he and the New England defense held the high-powered L.A. offense to an all-time Super Bowl low of three points.

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, on the morning after the team received its Super Bowl LIII championship rings, tweeted his new nickname for Hightower, and it's a pretty fitting one.

Hightower has won a national championship with the Crimson Tide and three Super Bowl titles with the Patriots. It goes without saying 29-year-old linebacker is the definition of a big-game player, and he'll always have a special place in Patriots lore because of it.

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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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