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Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers calls Pats Super Bowl 51 comeback 'undefeated'

Former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers calls Pats Super Bowl 51 comeback 'undefeated'

On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs were down 24-0 to the Houston Texans in the first half of their AFC Divisional Round playoff game. By halftime, they were leading the Texans by four points en route to a 51-31 come-from-behind win.

The comeback is being touted as one of the best in NFL history, and rightfully so. The speed at which Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense came back was extremely impressive.

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That said, there were some who were intimating that the Chiefs comeback was better than that of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. And former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers doesn't agree with that.

Flowers took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on both comebacks and he referred to the Patriots comeback as "undefeated."

Flowers does raise good points about the Patriots coming back later in the game and on a bigger stage, so his argument is sensible.

Of course, it's also worth noting that debating which comeback is better is largely an exercise in futility as they were both excellent. And as ESPN noted in the tweet that Flowers quoted, the two comebacks were the third and fourth largest in NFL postseason history.

But it is nice to see Flowers give the Patriots a little bit of love.

Flowers last played for the Patriots during the 2017. In his lone year with the club, he totaled 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He currently is set to play in the XFL as a member of the Dallas Renegades.

Tedy Bruschi gives his prediction on where Tom Brady will play next season

Tedy Bruschi gives his prediction on where Tom Brady will play next season

It's hard to fathom Tom Brady playing for an NFL team not named the New England Patriots, but it's a possibility with the 42-year-old quarterback's contract expiring in March.

Brady and the Patriots could come to an agreement on a new deal before that point, but he does have the ability for the first time in his career to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

One of Brady's former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, was asked to predict on Wednesday's episode of "NFL Live" on ESPN where the six-time Super Bowl champion will play in the 2020 season. The former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst predicted Brady will return to Foxboro.

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Check out his take in the video below.

For what it's worth, DraftKings has pegged the Patriots as -335 betting favorites to be the team Brady plays for in Week 1 next season.

Many other players, both active and retired, have weighed in on Brady's future.

Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu hopes Brady takes his talents to the NFC. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward also is hoping Brady leaves the Patriots because "he's terrorized the AFC enough." 

But perhaps the most interesting take on Brady's future came from San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana. The Hall of Fame quarterback's advice for Brady was to not leave the Patriots. He stressed that transitioning to a new team is not an easy task.

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Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Steelers star has the least surprising take on Tom Brady's free agency

Ask anyone associated with the New England Patriots, and they'll tell you Tom Brady should stay put.

Ask any Patriots opponent, and they'll tell you Brady should leave -- and never come back.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" from Radio Row in Miami on Wednesday and was asked where he thinks Brady may sign in free agency this offseason.

His answer shouldn't surprise you.

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"I hope not with New England anymore," Heyward said. " ... Let the NFC deal with him for a while. That'd be nice. He's terrorized the AFC enough."

Heyward would know. Brady's Patriots trounced his Steelers 33-3 in Week 1 of the 2019 season and have beaten Pittsburgh in six of their last seven meetings, including playoffs.

New England also has reached the Super Bowl in four of the previous six seasons and made the AFC Championship Game in eight of the last nine seasons, annually crushing the postseason dreams of AFC rivals like the Steelers, who won 10 or more games in four straight seasons from 2014 to 2017 but never reached the Super Bowl in that span.

So, you can see why Heyward (and Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu) would appreciate Brady getting out of his hair.

Unfortunately for the AFC, that doesn't look likely: The Patriots are the odds-on favorite to re-sign the 42-year-old QB in free agency, followed by three AFC teams: the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

But Heyward still appreciates Brady's greatness, even if the 20-year veteran doesn't grant his wish.

"I think he understands the game at a different level," Heyward said of Brady. He knows when to hit you with pace. He knows when to make you feel uncomfortable, and he's gonna exploit you."

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