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Julian Edelman marvels at Tom Brady's "clutch gene" after Patriots' AFC title

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Julian Edelman marvels at Tom Brady's "clutch gene" after Patriots' AFC title

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cemented his status as the most clutch player in NFL history after winning Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion, but as Sunday's AFC Championship Game victory over the Kansas City Chiefs showed, he still has more moments of brilliance late in games to display until he retires.

Brady led a go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter that appeared to seal an AFC title for the Patriots, but the Chiefs came back down on their ensuing drive and kicked a field goal to force overtime. After winning the coin toss, Brady ensured Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense never got another chance. The five-time Super Bowl champion led a game-winning drive to begin the overtime period as running back Rex Burkhead clinched a Super Bowl LIII berth with a short-yardage touchdown run.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who caught several key third-down passes on the winning drive in overtime, was in awe of Brady's latest clutch performance.

"You got Tom Brady leading. There's no one I would rather have in a two-minute drive than No. 12, and he just proved it again," Edelman said after the 37-31 win.

What makes Brady able to thrive in high-pressure situations?

“I think it's just his fight, his competition, his prep," Edelman said. "It’s in his DNA, there's a clutch gene. He’s got it.”

Brady is going to his ninth Super Bowl, which is more than any other NFL franchise. The 41-year-old quarterback didn't have a dominant regular season, but he's proven again in this year's playoffs he's the best clutch player in the history of the sport. When the game is on the line, Brady is the quarterback you want in the huddle, and he showed why on two occasions late against the Chiefs.

 

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Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals mindset for Super Bowl title defense in Twitter photo

Patriots QB Tom Brady reveals mindset for Super Bowl title defense in Twitter photo

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady certainly has enjoyed his offseaason, but if his latest tweet is any indication, the six-time Super Bowl champion is ready to immerse himself in preparing for the 2019 NFL season.

Brady posted a photo to Twitter on Wednesday with a caption that illustrates his readiness for New England's upcoming Super Bowl title defense.

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since Brady and the Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and 2004. New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII for its sixth championship in franchise history back in February.

The Patriots lost several key players this offseason through free agency and retirement, including defensive end Trey Flowers and tight end Rob Gronkowski. That said, the Patriots do have 12 picks (tied for the most of any team) in this week's 2019 NFL Draft, so reinforcements are on the way.

Besides, when you have Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as head coach, that's really all you need, right? 

WATCH: Brady throws deep pass to Edelman at Boston College>>>

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Prototypical Patriots: Big bodies and versatile defensive tackle options abound

Prototypical Patriots: Big bodies and versatile defensive tackle options abound

No matter what the Patriots do over the three days of the NFL Draft, their defensive front will have a new look in the 2019 season.

Malcolm Brown and Danny Shelton are both gone, while New England added Mike Pennel in free agency.

Should Bill Belichick look to add defensive linemen this weekend, he could go for some big bodies in the vein of Brown and Shelton, or he could opt for lighter interior linemen similar to Lawrence Guy.

Based on past players in Belichick's system, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has evaluated which players in this year's draft could be fits in Foxboro.

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