A team with five Super Bowl titles and the greatest quarterback and greatest coach of all time has no business acting like it’s a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

But the Patriots continue to convince themselves that a single critique is a universal belief.

Nearly two years before Tom Brady’s ludicrous remark that “everyone thinks we suck and you know, can’t win any games” — following a home playoff win over the Chargers in which New England was favored — Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick put celebrating the team’s Super Bowl LI win over the Falcons on hold, so he could chastise a critic.

After the Patriots suffered a humiliating defeat by the Chiefs early in 2014, former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer declared the dynasty dead.

“Let’s face it, they’re not good anymore,” Dilfer said.

Nearly three full seasons later, Bill’s son was still holding a grudge when he found Dilfer on the field at NRG Stadium in Houston.

“The only encounter I had, and I understood it, was on the field after the game against the Falcons,” said Dilfer, appearing on WEEI’s “Mut & Callahan” on Thursday morning. “That Super Bowl, the great comeback and the late win. Bill’s son got in my face and was pretty adamant reminding me. He must not have heard the 30,000 apologies that I made in owning the stupidity of my comments in the media. That was the only grudge, I guess.

“I get it. Hey, if I was an athlete, when I was playing and if people said stupid things about me, I carried it, too. I held onto it. I used it as motivation. I resented those people. I totally, 100 percent understand it. I have never run from it because it’s part of the job.

“I owned it early on. I obviously have apologized a million different times. I made fun of myself for saying it. I don’t know what else I can do, but there are still people that maybe didn’t hear it, or they just want to keep piling on, and I get it. I don’t respond on Twitter very often. I typically do to those New England fans because I usually own it and just say, ‘Thanks for reminding me of my proudest moment’ or, ‘Yeah, that was my best work,’ or whatever I need to do to be self-deprecating.

“Obviously, a big mistake that I made and I regret, but everyone has done it that has been on national TV.”

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