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Former Patriot Marquis Flowers tweets frustration over Super Bowl LII loss

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Former Patriot Marquis Flowers tweets frustration over Super Bowl LII loss

Marquis Flowers played just one season with the New England Patriots, and he's seems pretty frustrated it didn't end with a Super Bowl title. 

In Flowers' one season in New England, the Patriots (surprise, surprise) reached Super Bowl LII, but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick surprisingly benched star cornerback Malcolm Butler in that game, and there's never been a great explanation for the decision. The Patriots defense, without Butler, had trouble slowing down Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl MVP award.

Flowers recently fired off some tweets about Super Bowl LII, and he clearly isn't happy with how the game unfolded. 

Flowers also reacted to a tweet about the final play of Super Bowl LII, where the Patriots' Hail Mary attempt fell short.

The Patriots bounced back and won Super Bowl LIII last season, but this loss to the Eagles is always going to hurt, especially for players such as Flowers who left New England before the 2018 campaign.

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Stephon Gilmore admits Patriots knew they could frustrate Eagles' Zach Ertz

Stephon Gilmore admits Patriots knew they could frustrate Eagles' Zach Ertz

The New England Patriots didn't prevent Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz from putting up good stats in Sunday's Week 11 matchup, but they were able to frustrate him at times throughout the game.

Ertz finished with nine receptions for 94 yards and zero touchdowns on 11 targets in the Eagles' 17-10 loss at Lincoln Financial Field, but according to Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, New England knew it could frustrate the talented tight end based on what the team observed on film. Ertz appeared disappointed not to see a few flags thrown in the second half, during which the Eagles scored zero points and punted five times.

Here is Gilmore's take on the matchup against Ertz after the game. It might not rise to the level of trash talk, but it was a pretty interesting reaction from the soft-spoken All-Pro cornerback.

NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry noted Gilmore covered Ertz quite a bit on third downs and other situations late in the game. Ertz was targeted on only one third down, and it came with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter. It was one of Ertz's two targets that didn't result in a catch. The Patriots defense held the Eagles to a poor 3-for-13 conversion rate on third downs overall.

The Patriots defense played well in just about every area Sunday. The secondary did a nice job on Eagles wide receivers, the pass rush tallied five sacks and hit quarterback Carson Wentz 11 times, and Philly gained only 81 yards on the ground. Ertz was among the few offensive bright spots for the Eagles, but the Patriots prevented him from making any big plays that could've changed the outcome of the game.

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Julian Edelman reacts to Patriots' win over Eagles with perfect tweet

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Julian Edelman reacts to Patriots' win over Eagles with perfect tweet

Julian Edelman delivered the knockout punch during the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Eagles on Sunday.

The Pats wide receiver and former Kent State quarterback tossed New England's only touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter. It's the first time a Patriot not named Tom Brady has led the team in touchdown passes in a game during the Brady era.

Edelman reacted to the victory with a perfect tweet after the game, channeling his inner Rocky Balboa.

No. 11 finished with five receptions and 53 yards to go along with the TD through the air.

Next up for the Patriots (9-1) is a matchup vs. the Cowboys (6-4) on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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