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Tom Brady talks with members of the media after defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Max Kellerman admitted he was wrong about the Patriots – kind of. He also couldn’t resist taking a subtle shot at Tom Brady by praising his coach instead.

In case you missed it, noted Brady truther and take-flamethrower Kellerman said last week that he’d rather have any quarterback left in the AFC other than Brady. Granted, that was only three other guys – Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, and Patrick Mahomes – but he wasn’t even close on at least two of them. In fact, Brady outperformed the whole field.

Brady finished 34-for-44 against the Chargers in the Patriots’ resounding 41-28 win in the divisional round on Sunday. He led all quarterbacks across the NFL on divisional round weekend in completions, completion percentage, yards, and passer rating (106.5).

What say you, Mr. Kellerman?

What a swerve!!!

Kellerman isn’t necessarily wrong about Bill Belichick. The entire Patriots coaching staff took Anthony Lynn’s Chargers to school on Sunday, dominating in all three phases of the game. It wasn’t just Brady on fire; Sony Michel and the offensive line dominated as well. It was garbage time by the end of the third quarter.

But obviously, Kellerman here is praising Belichick as a way of taking another shot at Brady. He only had one measly touchdown, after all. This will probably be the crux of Kellerman’s takes when he answers for his latest sins on ESPN’s First Take.

For that matter, Stephen A. Smith has some explaining to do too.

This won’t be the end of the Patriots vs Hot Takes War, either. Kellerman is likely to keep digging in and pick Brady to fall off the cliff yet again against the Chiefs.

If the Patriots keep listening to the noise and using it as motivation, then perhaps Patriots fans should hope for Kellerman to keep squawking.

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