After soaking in the warm feelings from 25,000 fans that gathered for a sendoff Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday night, one week in advance of Super Bowl XLVI.
Before leaving for the Midwest, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told a huge throng at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. that the team had the "greatest fans in America."
It will be the second Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and New York Giants in five years. The Giants stunned the Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII, denying New England's bid for a perfect 19-0 season.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the media that the previous Super Bowl encounter against New York was a distant memory.
"All the games (in the past) I don't think really mean too much," Belichick said. "There really aren't too many of us, coaches and players, that were really involved in that game."
Belichick was uncharacteristically warm and fuzzy in his first meeting with the media in Indianapolis.