Morning sports update: Jason McCourty celebrates ‘not being a guest’ of his brother at a Super Bowl

"I have my own ticket."

Jason McCourty before the AFC Championship.
Jason McCourty before the AFC Championship. –Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

The Patriots advanced to Super Bowl LIII by winning a dramatic AFC Championship in Kansas City over the Chiefs, 37-31. The overtime victory added another chapter to the legend of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

New England will face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

Elsewhere, the Celtics host the Heat at TD Garden tonight at 6 p.m.

Jason McCourty finally has a Super Bowl appearance to call his own: In previous years, Jason McCourty had to watch from the sidelines as his twin brother Devin was part of four different Super Bowl trips with the Patriots. Jason, who played for the Titans and Browns prior to the joining the Patriots this season, had never even been to the postseason.


That all changed in 2018 when Jason was brought to New England to play alongside Devin. He not only has a playoff win under his belt, the 31-year-old defensive back now has a Super Bowl berth to go along with it.

“I’m going to the Super Bowl,” he joyously shouted in the Patriots’ locker room after winning the AFC Championship, “and I’m not a guest of [Devin’s]. I have my own ticket.”

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Dissed and dismissed, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl: Despite an unusually up and down year, including a 3-5 record on the road, the Patriots overcame all doubters in the AFC to reach yet another Super Bowl. [The Boston Globe]

Another Belichick masterpiece: Bill Belichick devised a spectacular game plan yet again, this time to overcome the odds in Kansas City to defeat the Chiefs. Among the pantheon of Belichick game plans, this one ranks right up there. [The Boston Globe]

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy couldn’t resist a tweet at Max Kellerman:

An update from Detroit after the AFC Championship:

J.D. Martinez was pumped:

On this day: In 1994, Robert Kraft spent what was seen as an enormous amount of money ($172 million) to buy the New England Patriots. Then a football backwater, the investment might have kept the local team in New England, but was hardly recognized as a savvy business move.


Flashing forward 25 years, the Patriots are on their way to another Super Bowl, and are worth $3.8 billion. Jeff Howe of The Athletic recently wrote the inside story of how Kraft bought his local football team a quarter of a century ago.

Daily highlight: With so many difficult choices to make from the AFC Championship, here’s the Patriots’ entire overtime drive to win the game.