Love a good conspiracy theory, Patriots fans? Lou Merloni’s got one for you.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Love a good conspiracy theory, Patriots fans? Lou Merloni’s got one for you.

Speaking on OM&F on Wednesday, Merloni said what a lot of Patriots fans are probably thinking — the NFL is not going to let Tom Brady win the MVP of Super Bowl 51, even if the Patriots romp, because the league does not want to deal with the spectacle of commissioner Roger Goodell handing Brady the award the day after the game.

“What about the MVP trophy?” Merloni asked. “There’s no way Tom Brady will be the MVP of that game, if they win. It’ll go to Julian Edelman. It’ll go to Dion Lewis. It will go to Trey Flowers. It’ll go to Patrick Freaking Chung before it goes to Tom Brady.”

The Super Bowl MVP is voted on by a panel of 16 writers and broadcasters after the game, as well as in an online/texting vote of fans during the game. The writer/broadcaster ballots are weighted 80 percent and fans the other 20. The league does not technically have a say in the result, but after the way the league conducted itself during Deflategate, there are sure to be questions raised if Brady is not rewarded for a big game.

Of course, the Patriots must get through the Steelers first, but it’s food for thought.

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Jan 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Who says Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have glowing things to say about the Patriots or their fans?

Just hours after responding to Julian Edelman with a “we’ve got our trophies” barb, the Steelers quarterback had nothing but glowing things to say about the Patriots head coach, their fans and the organization.

Asked why the Patriots bring out such a visceral reaction like the one Antonio Brown captured in his Facebook Live video, Roethlisberger would only heap praise.

“They’re the gold standard,” Roethlisberger said in a conference call with reporters in New England. “They’re awesome.”

What makes playing the Patriots so difficult?

“You never know what you’re going to get,” Roethlisberger said. “They out-coach you. Have to make adjustments”

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — On Monday, a day after Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the Steelers’ locker room after their win over the Chiefs, Julian Edelman was asked his thoughts on Ordway Merloni & Fauria.

Ben Roethlisberger fired back at Julian Edelman. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Sports)

Ben Roethlisberger fired back at Julian Edelman. (Jay Biggerstaff/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — On Monday, a day after Antonio Brown posted a Facebook Live video from the Steelers’ locker room after their win over the Chiefs, Julian Edelman was asked his thoughts on Ordway Merloni & Fauria.

“Hey, people have different rules,” Edelman said. “That’s how that team is run. I personally don’t think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses, whatever.”

On Wednesday, speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments and he noted how successful the Steelers have been.

“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said to reporters. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”

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Ryan Hannable

It’s been roughly a year and a half, but it’s worth looking back at the last time the Steelers played at Gillette Stadium.

It was Sept. 10, 2015 and the Patriots raised the Super Bowl XLIX banner on a Thursday night to open the season.

Mike Tomlin wasn't happy the last time the Steelers were at Gillette Stadium. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Mike Tomlin wasn’t happy the last time the Steelers were at Gillette Stadium. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

It’s been roughly a year and a half, but it’s worth looking back at the last time the Steelers played at Gillette Stadium.

It was Sept. 10, 2015 and the Patriots raised the Super Bowl XLIX banner on a Thursday night to open the season.

The Patriots won the game 28-21, but the story of the game came afterwards when it was learned there were issues with the Steelers’ headsets in the first half.

Mike Tomlin and the Steelers were hearing the Patriots’ radio broadcast.

“That’s always the case,” Tomlin said after the game, inferring there are always some sort of issues occurring at Gillette Stadium.

The league said the Patriots were not to blame for the issue, saying a “stadium power infrastructure issue” caused the problem. It was brought up to Bill Belichick on a conference call the following morning and he went on a great rant, speaking on he number of times the Patriots franchise has been accused of things.

Belichick called things going to a “pretty low level.”

“It’s pretty common — there’s a lot of stuff down there, there’s the coach-quarterback stuff, offense and defense; there’s the headsets to the press box; there’s a lot of stuff going on there and, you know, we had some problems. Just as an example: We had some problems in the first half and then it seemed to be OK, and then we got to the end of the game and the most problems we had were on our last two possessions on offense and defense.

“So sometimes it goes along and it’s fine, and then for some reason something happens and then you go to the guys on the sidelines — the blue hats or the purple hats, whatever they’re called — and you tell them about it and they fix it. I don’t really know enough about technology to know how any of that works, but that’s how it goes. We ended up hard-wiring a couple of our headsets to eliminate the wireless part of it. It’s not an uncommon problem. We ended up having to signal some of our plays offensively. We couldn’t get them in. We look at it as something you have to be ready for every week, and we practice it — home, away, I don’t think there’s really any common denominator on that.”

The coach wasn’t done there, as he then went back to some other things the Patriots have been associated with.

“I’ll just say, kind of tying this in with a couple of things from last week or earlier in the week, I just think overall, it’s kind of sad, really, to see some stories written that obviously have an agenda to them with misinformation and anonymous type comments,” he said. “Writing about warm drinks and trash cans and stuff like that, it’s just a sad commentary and it’s gone to a pretty low level. It’s sunk pretty deep.

“First of all, let’s say that I think that our program here is built on competition and trying to improve every day and trying to work hard, and it’s not built on excuses. We just try to go to work and improve and find a way to get better. This organization has won a lot of games, but particularly in reference to the great teams from ’01, ’03, ’04 and back in there, all the great players that played on those teams – Ty Law, [Lawyer] Milloy, Otis Smith, Rodney Harrison, [Tedy] Bruschi, [Larry] Izzo, [Willie] McGinest, [Mike] Vrabel, [Anthony] Pleasant, [Richard] Seymour, Matt Light, [Joe] Andruzzi, Steve Neal, [Deion] Branch, Troy Brown, [Tom] Brady, Antowain Smith, Kevin Faulk, Corey Dillon, Lonie Paxton, [Adam] Vinatieri – to take away from what those guys accomplished, what those teams accomplished, how good they were, how many great players we had, how well they played in big games, how they consistently showed up and made big plays and game-winning plays, it’s just not right. Those guys, they were great players – and many more – but those are a few of them, and great teams, so I’m not going to get into a back and forth on it, but that’s the way I feel about it.”

As for this Sunday, Tomlin is expecting everything to be in working order.

“I’m going to proceed with the presumption that that’s the case,” Tomlin told reporters Tuesday.

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Ryan Hannable

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for his Facebook Live post after Sunday’s win over the Chiefs that accidentally caught Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin disparaging the Patriots.

He posted the following statement to Twitter Tuesday night:

Antonio Brown apologized via Twitter Tuesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Antonio Brown apologized via Twitter Tuesday night. (Jeff Curry/USA Today Sports)

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for his Facebook Live post after Sunday’s win over the Chiefs that accidentally caught Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin disparaging the Patriots.

He posted the following statement to Twitter Tuesday night:

“First, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I’m sorry for my actions and behavior after Sunday’s game. I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me. And I wanted to share that moment with our fans. It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions. I’m sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they’ve had to answer questions about while we’re preparing for a big game on Sunday.”

The Steelers face New England in the AFC title game Sunday night.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady and the Patriots have not trailed in a game since November. (David Butler III/USA Today Sports)If history holds, an early lead for the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC title game will be a really bad omen for the Steelers.