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Shocker: Max Kellerman is part of the “4-0 is better than 5-4” crowd.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will fall to 5-4 as a duo in the Super Bowl if they lose to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Super Bowl LIII. Although Brady has a record five Super Bowl rings, one more than Joe Montana’s four, there’s a large crowd of Patriots truthers who will use the team’s losses to discredit their success in comparison to Montana’s pristine 4-0 record in the big game.

You can add Kellerman to that list.

“They could just as easily be 0-8 or 8-0 in those Super Bowls,” Kellerman said of the Patriots’ eight Super Bowl trips so far. “They’re all decided by a field goal or, like, a score. All of them. One thing goes this way or that way, they could be undefeated. Or, winless! That’s the way it goes. It’s that close when it comes down to it. What are they, actually, right now? 5-3. Now think about this whole era with Brady and Belichick, this entire dynasty, the greatest by far in the history of football when you think about parity, how long it’s been in the league now, how long it’s been going, and what they’ve accomplished.

Think about this: they’re 6-3 in this run, they win twice as many Super Bowls as they lose. It’s not that they always get there, they always win. Versus … they’re 5-4 in this run? That’s, like, almost .500. And when every game could’ve gone either way especially, if they lose this one you go, ‘OK they got there a lot, but let’s not pretend that the record in those games don’t matter. I know it’s only one game, but it’s a big swing game. It really is. For the history books. It just is.”

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots hands the Lamar Hunt Trophy to Tom Brady after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – JANUARY 20: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots hands the Lamar Hunt Trophy to Tom Brady after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

One of the comparisons that Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith used during their debate on ESPN’s First Take is about NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, whose Lakers went 5-4 in nine NBA Finals appearances. Contrast that with Michael Jordan, widely considered the NBA’s own GOAT, who went 6-0 in six appearances.

“Magic’s one of the greatest of all time. But is he Jordan?” said Kellerman. “If Magic would’ve even gone 6-3 or something like that in those Finals, his case would be better. Jordan’s 6-0. The way you perform in the big game, your actual record in the end, does mean something.”

People like Kellerman who take this stance likely can’t have their minds changed, either way. But ultimately, the number that really matters in the end is the win total. Jordan is considered by far the best of his era in part because he has six rings to Magic’s five. Brady shouldn’t be penalized for getting to more Super Bowls to Montana, and now he has an opportunity to extend his championship lead over the ex-49ers quarterback.

Even the most ardent Patriots fan would admit that they’d rather Brady avoid being 5-4 in Super Bowls. But in many fans’ eyes, a loss to the Rams wouldn’t change his status as the GOAT.

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