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Sean McVay: Bill Belichick 'basically texted me after every one of our games' this season

Sean McVay: Bill Belichick 'basically texted me after every one of our games' this season

Bill Belichick isn't exactly forthcoming when it comes to the media, but he's often quick to laud his opponents with praise in his press conferences. 

In the case of the Rams, that process has already begun, as Belichick didn't hold back his admiration for Rams punter Johnny Hekker (and not for the first time, either). 

Belichick's respect for the Rams goes far beyond what he says when the cameras are rolling, a revelation that shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that's seen a Belichick press conference. 

In Peter King's Football Morning in America, Sean McVay revealed that he and Belichick chatted during last year's combine, and have had a texting relationship throughout the regular season this year. 

"This is wild: This season, he has basically texted me after every one of our games. After we beat Minnesota in September, he texted, ‘Man, you guys are really explosive and impressive and fun to watch. Congratulations—keep it rolling.’ For him to even take the time to say congrats, it’s pretty cool," said McVay of his relationship with Belichick. 

Even if the age gap between the two coaches is quite substantial, it doesn't affect the clear respect they have for one another. 

This isn't new for Belichick, as King also mentioned in the article that Belichick "keeps relationships with lots of coaches who aren’t just the big-name guys. He wants to learn what’s new and what’s next". 

McVay's Rams will present one of the toughest challenges that this year's Patriots have had to face. Belichick may admire McVay, but that won't stop him from trying to prevent McVay from claiming his first ring come February 3rd. 

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Blown calls by refs cost Patriots two touchdowns in loss to Chiefs

Blown calls by refs cost Patriots two touchdowns in loss to Chiefs

New England Patriots fans weren't fond of the refs during Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, and for good reason.

The officials cost the Patriots a touchdown on not one, but two plays in the third quarter. The first blown call came on a fumble by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce that was scooped up by Pats cornerback Stephon Gilmore and could have been taken to the house for a New England TD.

For whatever reason, the refs whistled the play dead and ruled Kelce down by contact. They later reversed the call as Kelce clearly fumbled on the play, but the damage was done.

On the ensuing drive, Patriots rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry had what again should have been a touchdown but was wrongfully ruled out of bounds. You can watch that play here.

These were critical blown calls during another game in which the Patriots offense needed all the help it could get. Instead, New England falls to 10-3 on the season and its home winning streak ends at 21.

The Patriots will look to get back on track next Sunday when they visit the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.

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Twitter reacts to Patriots' first-half struggles vs. Chiefs

Twitter reacts to Patriots' first-half struggles vs. Chiefs

The New England Patriots offense's struggles continued in the first half vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and social media reacted appropriately.

Before the half, the Patriots had a chance to at least cut the deficit to ten points if the offense could get into field goal range. Brady and Co. couldn't get anything going, however, and entered the locker room down 20-7 while fans at Gillette Stadium booed loudly.

Here's what the Internet had to say about the Patriots' first-half demise:

BOOS OVER THE TOP?

HOME STREAK IN JEOPARDY

SKIP WITH THE HOT TAKE

POOR PATS FANS

WHERE'S HARRY?

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