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Was That the Weirdest Week in New England Patriots History?

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With the Patriots down 41-33 in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII, everyone just assumed that future Hall of Famer Tom Brady would engineer another one of his patented 2-minute drives to pull out a victory. But when Brady was stripped of the ball, the Eagles ended New England's dreams of repeating.
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In a bizarre story that still hasn't been fully explained, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick benched starting cornerback and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler for all but one special teams play in Super Bowl LII. The coach would later say that it was not a disciplinary move, but just a coaching decision.
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After the Super Bowl loss, Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski surprised everyone when he didn't have an answer ready when he was asked if he might consider retiring instead of returning to play next year. Gronkowski suffered a concussion in the AFC title game, and said he's going to evaluate his situation after the season.
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One day after the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, the Detroit Lions announced that they had hired Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach. Patricia, who is known for his bushy beard, even trimmed his facial hair ahead of the press conference to announce his hiring.
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In a bizarre story, news outlets received word late Monday night that Rob Gronkowski's home in Foxboro had been robbed while he was away at the Super Bowl. Police still haven't said exactly what was taken, though 911 broadcasts revealed that the items included several guns and some safes.
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Once Belichick gave a little more information on why he benched Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl - he said others had practiced more during the week - many fans who have spent the past 18 years praising the Patriots head coach came out of the woodwork, ripping Belichick and calling for his ouster.
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In perhaps the strangest story of all, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was announced as the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, only to change his mind and decide to stay with the Patriots later in the day. The Colts were obviously upset, and their general manager publicly declared that the team's rivalry with the Patriots was "back on."
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Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady's wife, thought she was just giving her kids a lesson in losing when she told them after the Super Bowl loss, "Sometimes you have to let other people win... We have to share. Sharing is caring." Some people, including sensitive Eagles fans and "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg, took issue with her remarks, saying Bundchen was implying that the Eagles somehow weren't responsible for their win.
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Former Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, traded to the San Francisco 49ers during the season, signed a contract Thursday making him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, even higher than Tom Brady, the man he used to back up.
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Boston Herald columnist Ron Borges had his column suspended on Friday after it was revealed that his scoop about Tom Brady threatening not to report for offseason workouts unless he got a new contract was fake. Apparently, someone had texted and called Borges pretending to be Brady's agent, Don Yee, and the sportswriter published the story without checking it.
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In the wake of the Ron Borges story, former Patriots tight end and current WEEI talk show host was suspended on Saturday after he did an impression of Tom Brady's agent Don Yee that was in an over-the-top, stereotypical Asian accent. Fauria later apologized and was suspended for a week.
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A week after losing the Super Bowl in frigid Minneapolis, Tom Brady posted a photo on Instagram and Facebook, showing him kissing his wife in decidedly warmer Costa Rica.n"This Sunday’s outcome is a lot better than last Sunday’s! #losingstreakstopsatone" Brady wrote, bringing to a close one of the craziest week's in Patriots history.
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