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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Trey Flowers, Trent Brown hit with $20K fines from Patriots-Chargers

Trey Flowers, Trent Brown hit with $20K fines from Patriots-Chargers

Two New England Patriots players are traveling to Kansas City with lighter wallets.

The NFL has fined edge defender Trey Flowers and offensive tackle Trent Brown $20,054 each for their acts of aggression in last weekend's AFC Divisional Round game against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

Flowers drew a 15-yard penalty for roughing Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on a third-quarter sack. Teammate Dont'a Hightower avoided punishment for his hit on Rivers, though, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Rivers had a long day at the office in New England's 41-28 win, as the Patriots sacked the veteran QB twice and racked up seven quarterback hits.

Flowers might be making his money back very soon, however. He's set to hit unrestricted free agency this offseason and should receive a hefty contract after being ranked as one of the NFL's best edge defenders in 2018.

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Quick Slants Podcast: How the Patriots were able to crush Chargers but why their scheme will have to change against Chiefs

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Quick Slants Podcast: How the Patriots were able to crush Chargers but why their scheme will have to change against Chiefs

3:10 - Patriots were able to beat up on the Chargers. The defense blitzed Philip Rivers and got him off his spot.

4:20 - Both Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are pocket passers. Why were the Patriots able to get pressure but Chargers weren’t?

5:30 - Patriots won’t be able to play the same way against the Chiefs.

7:00 - Why didn’t the Chargers change up their scheme after having trouble stopping Tom Brady and the offense?

8:15 - Patriots offensive line was tremendous against the Chargers. Dante Scarnecchia is one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL.

12:20 - Patriots will change up their scheme against the Chiefs and will have something different from when they met last in Week 6.

16:35 - How will the Patriots be able to slow down Tyreek Hill? Chiefs have so many weapons. Patriots need to use the running game to keep Kansas City off the field.

19:35 - Patriots had a lot of success stopping the run against the Chargers.

21:35 - Jerod Mayo explains why the grass at Arrowhead Stadium can be a problem for the Patriots defense.

23:45 - Breaking down Andy Reid’s offenses and how he likes to script out the start of games.

25:50 - How tough will it be for Tom Brady to communicate to the offense before the snap in Arrowhead?

30:30 - Philip Rivers composure against the Patriots and how it affected the Chargers performance.

31:40 - How much does experience impact performances in the AFC Championship game?

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