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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Patriots' Phillip Dorsett's impressive streak for a consecutive targets caught

Patriots' Phillip Dorsett's impressive streak for a consecutive targets caught

Phillip Dorsett has been doing everything you want a wide receiver to do to start the season: Catch the ball when it's thrown to you. 

According to Mike Giardi, Dorsett has caught the last 23 passes thrown to him, tied for the eighth-best streak in the NFL since the league started tracking the stat in 2009. 

Over those 23 receptions, Dorsett has 259 yards (11.3 YPC) and three touchdowns, while 134 yards and two of those touchdowns have come this season. Dorsett's streak is also a franchise record for the Patriots, leading the likes of Dion Lewis (19 games), Julian Edelman (18) and Wes Welker (18 and 17). 

Dorsett is well on his way to a breakout season with the Patriots this season, especially after the team released Antonio Brown. Dorsett always presented game-breaking speed and explosiveness on the outside but wasn't able to put it all together.

If he can come into his own, the Patriots' wide receiver position won't need much more help with Dorsett, Edelman, Josh Gordon and N'Keal Harry (once he's healthy).

Dorsett will look to extend his streak in Week 3 against an 0-3 Jets team burdened by the injury bug. The Patriots may have the game wrapped up by halftime, so there might not be a ton of targets to be had on Sunday. 

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.