The New England Patriots saw and heard the criticism hurled at them by ESPN First Take co-host Max Kellerman throughout the season and the playoffs. After winning Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Pats are having the last laugh.
Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts had some fun at Kellerman's expense during Tuesday's Super Bowl victory parade through the streets of Boston by displaying a sign with Kellerman's head and the caption "Haterade Player of the Year."
Check it out in the tweet below.
Kellerman responded with a tweet of his own:
Standing next to Roberts was Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who has not been shy about sharing his feelings on Kellerman. He told the ESPN analyst to "stick to his boxing or whatever he does, his commentating" during a radio interview a few weeks.
The Patriots also tweeted out a video after their AFC Divisional Round win over the Los Angeles Chargers that hit back at Kellerman and co-host Stephen A. Smith for their wrong predictions from First Take.
New England used media criticism as a source of motivation throughout the playoffs, and there's no question the Patriots will carry that grudge into their Super Bowl title defense in 2019.
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Stephon Gilmore continues to make a strong case for 2019 NFL Defensive Player Of the Year honors.
The New England Patriots cornerback tallied his fifth and sixth interceptions of the season during Sunday's win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The second was a pick-six in the third quarter that extended the Pats lead to 17.
After his sensational performance, Gilmore shared the highlight of his pick-six and topped it off with a perfect tweet:
Hard to disagree. In fact, Gilmore's teammates will tell you the same thing. . .
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As great of a day as it was for Gilmore, the Patriots' lockdown corner believes it could have been even better. He wasn't satisfied with contributing "only" two of New England's four INTs.
"I should have had three. I should have had four," Gilmore said after the game.
The Patriots will gladly take the two, which helped them improve to 11-3 on the season and clinch their 11th straight playoff berth.
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry caught two passes from quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and one of those receptions played a critical role in the defending champs blowing the game open in the second half.
The Patriots had good field position on their first drive of the third quarter thanks to an interception by veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore. After driving down to the 7-yard line, Brady and the offense faced a 3rd-and-goal situation. Brady took the snap, went through his reads and couldn't find an open target. The Patriots offensive line provided great protection, and Brady finally fired a pass into the back of the end zone, where Harry made a fantastic diving play to haul in his second touchdown catch of the season. The score put New England up 20-10.
"It was a good play by (Harry)," Brady told reporters after his team's 34-13 victory at Paul Brown Stadium. "He adjusted his route, and then came back and found some space. It was a good play. We needed it."
Brady likes the work ethic Harry is showing in an effort to improve as much as possible as the playoffs near.
"He's fighting. He's working hard every week to learn," Brady said. "He's a very hard-working guy. It's fun to see him make those plays."
Harry also ran the ball twice for 22 yards, showing his versatility as someone who can be a threat in the passing attack and also make plays in the run game.
The rookie wideout played 40 snaps Sunday after only playing only two in last week's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots gave Harry more responsibility and he responded well. Giving Harry even more of an opportunity to make plays over the final two weeks of the regular season will best prepare him to make a positive impact when the Patriots need it most in the playoffs.