Morning sports update: The Patriots trolled another frequent Tom Brady critic

Also: Julian Edelman's mic'd up message to Tom Brady, a potential new job for Rex Ryan, and more.

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Tom Brady and the Patriots celebrate after winning the AFC Championship. Rob Parker and other prognosticators had predicted a Chiefs win. Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

The Celtics face the Cavaliers tonight at TD Garden, with tip-off set for 7:30 p.m.

The Patriots, set to face the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, begin preparation with the game still more than a week away.

The Patriots trolled Rob Parker on Twitter: Continuing a theme begun earlier in the playoffs, the Patriots released another video on Twitter highlighting the failed prediction of a frequent critic. Rob Parker, a regular talker on FS1’s “Undisputed,” was the target this time.

Parker was shown in the video declaring that the “reign of terror will finally be over” in reference to what he believed was an imminent Patriots loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. Of course, the Patriots prevailed in Kansas City, 37-31, and are headed back to the Super Bowl.


On Tuesday, the Patriots tweeted out the video with the caption, “Sorry to reign on your celebration.”

Parker has been a common critic of Tom Brady and the Patriots. In August, he declared that Brady would decline in the 2018 season, and “the Patriots [will] not get to the Super Bowl.”

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An old Patriots adversary might get a new chance:

On this day: In 2005, the Patriots defeated the Steelers 41-27 in the AFC Championship Game, avenging a regular season defeat that halted New England’s NFL record 21-game winning streak. An early flash point in the game came when Tom Brady, playing with a 103-degree fever, hit Deion Branch for a 60-yard touchdown pass after the Patriots defense stopped Jerome Bettis on 4th and 1.

Daily highlight: Luka Dončić cut right through the Mavericks’ defense going behind-the-back.