For New England Patriots fans, the trip to the Super Bowl hasn’t gotten old.
Before the Patriots departed Sunday morning for their ninth Super Bowl appearance since the 2001 season, an estimated 35,000 fans gathered at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to wish the team well. Fans started lining up in the cold before dawn to get a good viewing spot.
Owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and a handful of his teammates addressed the crowd, thanking the fans for their support. After the rally, they boarded buses for the T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., where the team plane was waiting to take the Patriots to Atlanta. New England will meet the Los Angeles Rams there next Sunday in Super Bowl LIII.
“We’ve got to bring it, you guys have got to bring it and hopefully we can bring the trophy back home,” Brady said. “We’re not quite at the end yet. We’ve got one more to go.”
Brady worked the crowd into a frenzy by leading the chant, “We’re still here!” before dropping the microphone.
The Patriots have won five Super Bowls in the Brady-Belichick era.