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Watch Bill Belichick's reaction to Stephon Gilmore's Super Bowl interception

Watch Bill Belichick's reaction to Stephon Gilmore's Super Bowl interception

The New England Patriots had a 10-3 lead late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII, but it wasn't until cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted a pass from Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff that victory seemed certain.

The Patriots blitzed Goff and he threw a weak pass targeting Brandin Cooks toward the end zone, where Gilmore was able to come down with the ball.

NFL Films tweeted a video Tuesday from this week's "Inside the NFL" episode on Showtime, and it shows Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's reaction to the clutch interception (as well as Julian Edelman pleading for an interception before the play).

Belichick doesn't show a ton of emotion during games, but his reaction here shows you just how important that interception was to helping New England secure its sixth Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The Patriots marched down the field on the ensuing drive and kicked a field goal to increase their lead to 13-3, which ultimately was the final score from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Gilmore didn't win Super Bowl MVP, but he gave a tremendous performance. It was a fitting end to his All-Pro season.

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.

 

 

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Could the Patriots be seeing a familiar, old rival in the playoffs? Or could they be seeing him on their own defense for their playoff run?

The Arizona Cardinals released longtime Pats nemesis Terrell Suggs, 37, on Friday and he'll be on waivers until Monday. While the Patriots, at 10-3, are far down on the waiver list to claim him, the former Pro Bowl linebacker's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, with the NFL's best record at 12-2, are last in line, so a potential reunion appears to be a long shot.

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If he goes unclaimed, he'll be a free agent, calling to mind two years ago when the Pats snapped up pass rusher James Harrison, then 39, after Harrison passed through waivers following his release from the Steelers. 

While it's not the Patriots defense, but an offense that hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Halloween, that could use a boost this season, the idea of the guy who once refused to say Tom Brady's name (he'd call him "the pretty boy up north") surfacing in New England was too good to resist for a couple of ex-players: