Thousands gather at Gillette Stadium to attend Patriots Super Bowl sendoff rally

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The New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, but before they left they had one last visit with their fans.

New England is Super Bowl bound once again. A dynasty that has lasted nearly two decades is one game away from adding one more piece of hardware to its collection.

Before the Patriots left Foxborough for Atlanta Sunday, a special Super Bowl Sendoff Rally was held at Gillette Stadium. An estimated 35,000 fans filled Gillette to show support for their team one last time before the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl rallies have become the norm in New England. 22News spoke with one fan who’s attended rally’s in the past.

He said this year was time for his kids to experience the fun. “I was at a rally about four years ago, but I wanted the girls to experience this rally. We’re season ticket holders and we’ve been cheering the team on and this is the ninth Super Bowl we’ll see so we’re pretty excited.”

People are coming from all over and you feel how the Patriots have a strong fan base.

“You the fans are the true GOATS of all the fans in the NFL,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the crowd.

Fans also got to hear from the players themselves, like 4-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who pumped up the rally with his speech. 

“It’s going to take a lot, offensively, defensively, special teams, this has got to be the best game of the year,” Brady directed towards the crowd. “We got to bring it, you guys got to bring it and hopefully we can bring the trophy back home.”

One young Patroits fan added, “It’s awesome how much the fans support the team and how much the team wants the fans to be involved.”

Fans will now wait until Super Bowl Sunday to see if the Patriots will raise another Lombardi Trophy and prove the dynasty is still in New England.

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