Mason: McCourty twins can write perfect ending to storybook season

Jason and Devin McCourty even warm up together at practice. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBORO — Though they look strikingly similar, the McCourty twins' playoff track records are drastically different. 

For Devin, getting to the postseason has been a given, and playing in the Super Bowl a rite of passage. Sunday marked Devin's eighth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game, and with the win over the Chiefs, he'll be suiting up in his fifth Super Bowl. Not too shabby for a nine-year veteran. 

It's be an understatement to say Jason's journey hasn't been that easy. 

During eight seasons with the Titans, the cornerback never finished better than 9-7, and that lack of winning hit rock-bottom in 2017, as Jason was on Hue Jackson's Browns that went 0-16. 

After nine years of watching Devin in the playoffs from his couch, Jason joined his brother in New England, and made his postseason debut earlier this month.

He was 31 years old.

When the Patriots won at Arrowhead Stadium, a lot of players acted like they'd been there before. Because let's face it, they have.  

Jason didn't need to. The veteran relished the moment; he wasn't going to take the biggest victory of his career for granted. 

"I'm going to the Super Bowl!" Jason screamed as he walked off the field. "I'm going to the Super Bowl!"

Playing alongside one another as kids in Montvale, New Jersey, Jason said the twins could have never imagined what's transpired in their first season as professional teammates. 

"It's a blessing. I just look at my journey, not only throughout my career, but just as a young Pop Warner kid," Jason told the Eagle-Tribune. "I don't think we could have even dreamed this far ahead. It just lets you know God's working in our lives and this is something special."

They both got plenty of playing time in the AFC Championship triumph, as the Patriots slowed MVP frontrunner Patrick Mahomes with a four-cornerback package, and for Jason, punching a ticket to the Super Bowl seemed surreal on Sunday night. 

That is, until he checked his cellphone after the game. 

"When those texts started flowing in, people asking for tickets, it really started to sink in," Jason said. "At this point, it's actually become reality in my mind."

Finally finding postseason success has meant the world to Jason, especially because it's coming in the same secondary as his older brother — Devin beat him by 27 minutes — who's been with him every step of the way.

"He's been awesome, man," Jason said. "Not just with being able to get to the Super Bowl, but the opportunity this year. I think no matter how this season shook out for us, it was going to be extremely special to be able to play alongside each other. 

Then the veteran paused for a moment. 

"We're living out a dream," he concluded. "This has just been amazing."

With a win over Los Angleles in Super Bowl LIII, the McCourty twins can write the perfect ending to a year that's exceeded their wildest expectations.

Chris Mason is a writer for the Eagle-Tribune and CNHI Sports Boston. Email him at cmason@northofboston.com, and follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisMason

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