Patriots' Bill Belichick wears father's fedora as he departs plane

Super Bowl Experience is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Super Bowl Experience is located at the Minneapolis Convention Center

While all 32 teams want to get here, the Patriots' season is truly a failure if they don't. It wasn't like they released me.

Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello said he's taken multiple six-figure wagers on the Eagles.

Rowe said he hasn't been inspired to prove the Eagles wrong for trading him so early in his career.

Lurie said he's in quarterback meetings at 6 a.m. every day and is in constant contact with Foles. We came back in the winter a few times and just got to experience a little bit of life in Minnesota, which I always loved. It will be the 10th Super Bowl in the Patriots' history and the eighth since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000. He believes the disdain for his team is actually rooted in respect for the Patriots.

"Obviously, it's a huge game in Los Angeles, Carson played really, really well, Nick [Foles]?came in and won the game for us, we had the best record in football, and you think, 'Oh my gosh, we're not going to be going forward with our great young quarterback, '" Lurie said.

After spending 14 seasons with the franchise, he was released at the end of the season after playing in just five games when he was promised he would play 20-25 percent of the snaps. You can bet on which will be the highest-scoring quarter, which team will score the first touchdown, and the total number of TDs scored in the game (over/under is 5.5).

Rowe said he stays in touch with his former Eagles teammates, but there hasn't been any trash talk this week. We have to do everything right against Chris or he's going to be a problem.

"They're good in all three phases", Brady, 40, said of the Eagles, who like the Patriots are 15-3 this season.

Foles played in parts of four regular season games this season after Wentz went down - playing awfully against the Raiders and Cowboys - before barely holding his own against the Falcons in the divisional game.

While Belichick downplayed the significance of choosing to wear the hat for this occasion - "I just saw the hat this morning, thought, it's Minnesota, it's put a hat on", he said - there could well be more to it. "I worked really hard in the spring and OTAs and training camp to get better". And I remember through the course of the game, Jim saying, 'They're getting our signals. So I started working on things.

In making that declaration, Long once again joins a number of other athletes who have skipped White House visits over disagreements with the president - most notably the reigning National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, who opted to forgo their Rose Garden photo op altogether previous year. Find our Giants coverage on Facebook.

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