How Devin McCourty fired up the Patriots secondary before the Super Bowl

The veteran cornerback cited a very apt Bible verse, given how the game ended up.

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Devin McCourty signs autographs before Tuesday's Patriots championship parade. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Super Bowl LIII will be the subject of the NFL Network’s latest episode of ‘Mic’d Up,’ airing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Among the teasers the network put out to promote the show was Devin McCourty, firing up the Patriots secondary before what would be an exemplary performance.

“All day today, fellas, have each other’s back,” said McCourty, whose nine-season career includes eight AFC Championship games, five Super Bowls, and three championships. “One last time! One last time for the 2018 season! We’ve been through everything to be here in this moment! In this moment! For everyone back home! For your mom, your dad, your grandparents! Everyone that loves you! Tonight is the night! Show the world!”

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His Bible quote wasn’t perfect, though the message was clear. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Fitting both given he was playing his first Super Bowl with his twin brother Jason, whose mad dash to break up Brandin Cooks’ easy go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter will likely be one of the game’s longest remembered plays, and because of how Duron Harmon stepped up after Patrick Chung’s arm was broken.

It was Harmon whose pressure forced Jared Goff to throw the lollipop that Stephon Gilmore called the easiest interception of his career, the cap on a night where the Rams QB completed just half his passes.

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