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McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

McCourty brothers reflect on 'special' season playing together

Reaching the Super Bowl is nothing new to Patriots veteran Devin McCourty. Super Bowl LIII will mark the cornerback's fifth appearance in the big game.

But this time for McCourty, a Super Bowl berth means something extra special as he'll get to suit up alongside his brother, Jason.

Monday on Quick Slants, the McCourty twins sat down with NBC Sports Boston's Tom Giles to talk about what the experience of reaching a Super Bowl together means to them.

"Man, special," Jason said. "And I'd look at beyond my NFL career and that journey but a journey I think -- what's made this special is getting to play alongside Dev, and I think back of when our journey first started playing Pop Warner football and waking up early to play in those games and thinking about everything we've put into it. I think at that age, 10 starting out playing football we couldn't have dreamed of being here on this platform getting ready to take part in the Super Bowl. It just goes to show you kind of how great God is and how he has a plan for you, and it's just been -- this entire season has just been such a blessing."

Devin added to his brother's thoughts with the same sentiments and talked about overcoming adversity as a team.

"I can't write a better season," he said. "I probably won't have a better season than this year's been. You know, just sitting there playing in the AFC Championship game and I think the coolest thing, everybody in that locker room other than Tom [Brady] had never won a playoff game on the road. Period. So, um, to just be in so many different, you know, kind of tough situations as a team, and to go to Kansas City, a team that on paper we really probably shouldn't have beat at home, and to go out and play the way we did of going back and forth us just supporting each other, picking each other up all game. It just kind of bottled this whole season up, like this is the Patriots team. Just hard-working guys that are going to try and outlast you."

As great of a story the season has been for Devin and Jason McCourty, there's still one chapter left to write. That'll take place Feb. 3 in Atlanta against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Tom Brady's overtime record had Patriots confident against Chiefs

Tom Brady's overtime record had Patriots confident against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY -- Tom Brady's been pretty good at this postseason overtime thing.

He added to that legacy in the AFC title game by beating the Chiefs, 37-31, converting three consecutive third downs through the air to get within sniffing distance of the goal line for Rex Burkhead's walk-off plunge. 

In three overtime playoff games over the course of his career, Brady is now 3-0, and his opponents in those games never had a chance to even touch the football.

The rules have changed since Brady got Adam Vinatieri into field-goal range in his first playoff start in January 2002. Back then it was sudden death, first score wins. 

The rule has changed. The decade has changed. But Brady's teammates were as confident as ever in the 41-year-old when an overtime situation popped up Sunday.

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“You saw me, I ran off soon as I saw it was heads," Devin McCourty said. "I saw heads, 'I saw this before, and I know what happens at the end of this one.' ”

"Any time we go to overtime and we get the ball, I'm not really worried about anything. I'm going to get comfy."

David Andrews was front and center for New England's overtime touchdown drive in Super Bowl LI that ended in a James White scamper to the goal line. Brady was so locked in even in the immediate aftermath of the run, he wasn't sure White got in so he was reluctant to celebrate with his center. 

We know how that one ended. And Andrews seemed to know how Sunday would end before it did. 

"Do you not expect that? You've seen it 20 years now," Andrews said. "What do you expect? He's the best. We gave him chances. We battled our tails off. I thought guys up front really played tough. That was a good D-line. We played hard, played physical, and tried not to let him get touched."

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Of having Brady on his side in those spots, Marcus Cannon said simply, "Thankful."

When Burkhead crossed the goal line to extend the Patriots season, Brady popped off his helmet and jumped into the arms of his teammates. It was as excited as he's looked on a football field since Malcolm Butler's interception, which sent Brady into a state of euphoria on the sideline five years ago.

Even if his teammates had a good idea of what was coming at Arrowhead, Brady wasn't taking the moment lightly.

"I was probably," Brady said, "as excited as I've been in a long time . . . I'll remember this one for the rest of my life.”

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Did Devin McCourty's text convince Bill Belichick to sign brother Jason?

Did Devin McCourty's text convince Bill Belichick to sign brother Jason?

Looking back, it almost seemed inevitable.

Devin McCourty was an essential cog in the New England Patriots' defense, but the team still needed secondary help entering the 2018 season. McCourty's twin brother, Jason, was in the final year of his contract on a rebuilding Cleveland Browns team that probably wasn't going to re-sign him.

So, why not reunite the McCourty brothers in New England?

Last March, the exact thought occurred to Devin -- who then did something about it. In an article published Friday for The Players' Tribune, Jason explained how Devin straight-up texted head coach Bill Belichick to suggest the idea of trading for Jason.

“Coach!!! What’s up? Two McCourtys are better than one," Devin texted Belichick, according to Jason.

Belichick didn't text back. But 45 minutes later, Jason says, Devin got a phone call from the Patriots coach with some good news.

"Right after they spoke, Dev FaceTime’d me. 'I wanted to be the one to break the news to you. So, get ready. We’re about to trade for you.' "

Sure enough, the Patriots sent a 2018 sixth-round pick to Cleveland on March 15 in exchange for Jason and a seventh-rounder.

Belichick may have been eyeing Jason before Devin texted him, but we'd like to think the legendary coach simply saw Devin's text, said, 'Sure, why not?' and pulled the trigger.

Jason's full article is worth the read, as he also shares a humorous moment he and his identical twin brother shared with Belichick at training camp.

We were out there doing drills and Bill called us both over, super serious. When we got to him, he looked at both of us back and forth a couple of times and said, “Do you guys have to wear the same f***ing sleeves?"

You asked for two McCourtys, Bill.

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