Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/7/12
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke briefly to the media on Monday and had nothing but praise for his team who fell 21-17 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

"I'm real proud of them, they worked hard all year. They competed well all season and we won a lot of games. The ones we didn't win we fought right until the end and played very competitively. We did that last night and just up a little bit short. I have all the respect in the world for the team, and all the players, what they've done for over six months. It's not about the one game or one play or anything, it's a whole body of work," said Kraft.

The Patriots began the season 5-3 and then followed with 10 wins in a row and another birth in the Super Bowl.

"We'll try to take a little time here and regroup, and figure out some of the things we need to do and move forward," said head coach Bill Belichick. "For right now, we're just kind of collecting our thoughts and we'll figure it out here in due course."

The Patriots dedicated the season to Kraft's late wife Myra, who lost a battle with cancer in Jul. 2011.

"When we dedicated this season to my sweetheart, I spoke with the coaches and the players and asked them to do something that would be special in her honor. The strength and spirit I saw with the team was unlike any other team I've seen in my 18 years in the NFL," added Kraft.
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