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Live updates from Super Bowl LIII week

The teams were busy in the week leading up to the game.

Here’s the latest on the Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the Super Bowl:

Saturday, Feb. 2

After finishing a week of work at Georgia Tech, the Patriots did not hold a walkthrough, but came to the site of the game for team photos and a gathering with their guests.

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The Patriots posted a hype video.

They also held a rally for their fans.

The Rams did the same, with Snoop Dogg in the house. 

Friday, Feb. 1

With the game just two days away, there were no scheduled media availabilities for either team.

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Dont’a Hightower was back at practice Friday. 

The linebacker was a full participant after missing Thursday’s walkthrough due to an illness.

“He did everything today,’’ coach Bill Belichick said. “You could hear him talking out there, and that’s usually a good sign with him. He has plenty of energy.’’

Patriots players reflected on their first Super Bowl memory.

The Patriots posted a hype video featuring footage from their first Super Bowl win against the Rams and music from Meek Mill.

Several Rams and Patriots players apparently don’t know who NHL superstar Connor McDavid is.

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The New York Times looked into what happens if you accidentally google “Superb Owl” instead of “Super Bowl”.

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The Patriots re-lived their historic Super Bowl LI comeback against the Atlanta Falcons on Twitter.

Tom Brady reminisced about Rob Gronkowski’s NFL Draft-day mosh pit and paid compliments to his star tight end.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Patriots players and coaches spoke to members of the media from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m Thursday. Devin and Jason McCourty switched jerseys, Josh McDaniels praised Josh Gordon, and Tom Brady sported a casual look. The Rams talked earlier in the day, from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

These were the final scheduled media sessions before Sunday’s game.

Michelle (Devin’s wife) and Melissa (Jason’s wife) shared some insight into their journey with the McCourty twins. 

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“It’s just never a dry day with them, to be honest,” Michelle said.

Dont’a Hightower didn’t practice, but Malcom Brown did.

Rob Gronkowski brought some enthusiasm. 

He strutted to the podium, said hello to his mother, and gave signature answers.

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The Patriots re-lived their Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks on Twitter.

Chris Long and Martellus Bennett, members of the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI championship team, reportedly hung out with current Patriots players at the team’s hotel in Atlanta Wednesday night.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Both teams addressed the media. Rob Gronkowski didn’t bite on his plans after this year, and Tom Brady fielded questions from a surprising guest.

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The Patriots posted a throwback video remembering their Super Bowl win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Rams running back CJ Anderson called out those who criticize his weight.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

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Rob Gronkowski and Todd Gurley faced off in a game before the game.

This is Tom Brady’s ninth Super Bowl week, but microphone feedback will make anybody look like a scared rookie.

Rams cornerback (and former Patriot) Aqib Talib had some strong words for reporters after he was asked if he thinks Rob Gronkowski has lost a step.

Bill Belichick spoke to the Patriots’ team-oriented mentality.

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“When you’re with a team, you’re playing for each other, you’re playing for the guy next to you, and he’s playing for you.”

Tom Brady answered a question from a young fan on how to handle the haters.

Monday, Jan. 28

Both teams were available for photo and interview sessions at Super Bowl Opening Night hosted at State Farm Arena.

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Sunday, Jan. 27

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Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.

Brady reminded fans everywhere that there’s “zero” chance Super Bowl LIII will be his last game. The 41-year-old quarterback, speaking with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, reiterated that his goal is to play until age 45.

Read more: Tom Brady says there’s ‘zero’ chance Super Bowl LIII will be his last game

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The AirKraft has landed in Atlanta.

Next stop: Atlanta.

After their rousing rally, the Patriots departed via buses for T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., where they then boarded a flight to head to Atlanta. The team is scheduled to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport between 4:25 p.m. and 5:30 p.m, while the Rams are scheduled to arrive between 7:40 p.m.and 8:30 p.m.

The Patriots hosted 35,000 fans for their send-off rally at Gillette Stadium.

Some fans arrived as early as 4 a.m. to celebrate the occasion. Gates opened at 8 a.m., and the festivities officially began at 10. Thousands of other supporters joined those early risers (or non-sleepers) later in the morning, and together they flooded the field to form a sea of red, white, and blue on the field and in the lower bowl. The members of the Blue Man Group were the bluest of all. There was also lots of confetti, and, of course, owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and the team’s other five captains made an appearance as well.

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Brady started a “We’re still here!”chant, special teams guru Matthew Slater thanked the fans for playing a major role in the team’s identity, and Kraft reminded everyone how far the franchise has come.

Read more: Announced crowd of 35,000 sends off Patriots to Super Bowl LIII

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