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Did Devin McCourty's text convince Bill Belichick to sign brother Jason?

Did Devin McCourty's text convince Bill Belichick to sign brother Jason?

Looking back, it almost seemed inevitable.

Devin McCourty was an essential cog in the New England Patriots' defense, but the team still needed secondary help entering the 2018 season. McCourty's twin brother, Jason, was in the final year of his contract on a rebuilding Cleveland Browns team that probably wasn't going to re-sign him.

So, why not reunite the McCourty brothers in New England?

Last March, the exact thought occurred to Devin -- who then did something about it. In an article published Friday for The Players' Tribune, Jason explained how Devin straight-up texted head coach Bill Belichick to suggest the idea of trading for Jason.

“Coach!!! What’s up? Two McCourtys are better than one," Devin texted Belichick, according to Jason.

Belichick didn't text back. But 45 minutes later, Jason says, Devin got a phone call from the Patriots coach with some good news.

"Right after they spoke, Dev FaceTime’d me. 'I wanted to be the one to break the news to you. So, get ready. We’re about to trade for you.' "

Sure enough, the Patriots sent a 2018 sixth-round pick to Cleveland on March 15 in exchange for Jason and a seventh-rounder.

Belichick may have been eyeing Jason before Devin texted him, but we'd like to think the legendary coach simply saw Devin's text, said, 'Sure, why not?' and pulled the trigger.

Jason's full article is worth the read, as he also shares a humorous moment he and his identical twin brother shared with Belichick at training camp.

We were out there doing drills and Bill called us both over, super serious. When we got to him, he looked at both of us back and forth a couple of times and said, “Do you guys have to wear the same f***ing sleeves?"

You asked for two McCourtys, Bill.

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McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

Reaching the Super Bowl is nothing new to Patriots veteran Devin McCourty. Super Bowl LIII will mark the cornerback's fifth appearance in the big game.

But this time for McCourty, a Super Bowl berth means something extra special as he'll get to suit up alongside his brother, Jason.

Monday on Quick Slants, the McCourty twins sat down with NBC Sports Boston's Tom Giles to talk about what the experience of reaching a Super Bowl together means to them.

"Man, special," Jason said. "And I'd look at beyond my NFL career and that journey but a journey I think -- what's made this special is getting to play alongside Dev, and I think back of when our journey first started playing Pop Warner football and waking up early to play in those games and thinking about everything we've put into it. I think at that age, 10 starting out playing football we couldn't have dreamed of being here on this platform getting ready to take part in the Super Bowl. It just goes to show you kind of how great God is and how he has a plan for you, and it's just been -- this entire season has just been such a blessing."

Devin added to his brother's thoughts with the same sentiments and talked about overcoming adversity as a team.

"I can't write a better season," he said. "I probably won't have a better season than this year's been. You know, just sitting there playing in the AFC Championship game and I think the coolest thing, everybody in that locker room other than Tom [Brady] had never won a playoff game on the road. Period. So, um, to just be in so many different, you know, kind of tough situations as a team, and to go to Kansas City, a team that on paper we really probably shouldn't have beat at home, and to go out and play the way we did of going back and forth us just supporting each other, picking each other up all game. It just kind of bottled this whole season up, like this is the Patriots team. Just hard-working guys that are going to try and outlast you."

As great of a story the season has been for Devin and Jason McCourty, there's still one chapter left to write. That'll take place Feb. 3 in Atlanta against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Patriots accomplished rare playoff feat vs. Chiefs by overcoming turnover battle

Patriots accomplished rare playoff feat vs. Chiefs by overcoming turnover battle

Losing the turnover battle is one of the most difficult obstacles for teams to overcome in the NFL playoffs, but the New England Patriots found a way to win despite their sloppiness in the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Patriots committed two turnovers -- both of them interceptions thrown by quarterback Tom Brady. He had another interception wiped out late in the fourth quarter because of a neutral zone infraction penalty by Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford.

The Chiefs committed zero turnovers, resulting in the Patriots losing the turnover battle by two. In doing so, they accomplished a pretty rare playoff feat, as explained in the tweet below.

So, how did the Patriots overcome losing the turnover battle?

Well, they dominated in time of possession by controlling the ball for 43:59 compared to the Chiefs' 20:53. New England also outgained Kansas City by 234 total yards and dominated on the ground with a 176-41 advantage in rushing yards. The Patriots ran 47 more plays and earned 18 more first downs as well. The Pats dominated the box score and their best players, most notably Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, stepped up when it mattered late in the game. 

The Patriots, however, will need to do a much better job protecting the football in Super Bowl LIII because the Los Angeles Rams defense has plenty of playmakers capable of punishing mistakes. 

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