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Celebrate the NFL New Year with a look back at the season

We're taking a look back at highlight's of the 2018 NFL season in honor of the league New Year.

Just like that, another NFL year is coming to a close. For the Patriots, it was a great year ending with a sixth Lombardi trophy.

The road to the Super Bowl (and the parade) began last March, and a lot happened between then and now. We are taking a look back at some of the best stories and moments from the past year.

It was a quiet off-season for the Patriots, but when training camp rolled around, there was no shortage of stories. One stood far above the rest, however. Tom Brady meeting two twins named Tom and Brady.

Throughout the year, it was binge-watching season on the Patriots social media, which kicked off with a win over the Houston Texans and a trip to "One Tree Hill..." uh, sorry, "One Patriot Place."


Every year, a Patriots legend is introduced into the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon, and this fall, Matt Light joined the ranks of the red jackets. Before the ceremony, Coach Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Dan Koppen and Kevin Faulk reflected on some of the notorious pranksters best jokes as a Patriot.

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A Pat Pick & a Crane Kick.

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We are always here for a good celebration, and this Week 5 moment with Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon took the cake.

The Patriots weren't the only world champions in New England. In the fall, the Red Sox beat L.A. months before the Patriots would win over the Rams, and the Sox paid a visit to Foxborough to celebrate in style.

In November, rookie Ja'Whaun Bentley opened up about his family's struggle with homelessness for the first time. It was a secret he kept from those closest to him, but after volunteering with the Patriots Foundation, Ja'Whaun was ready to share his story.

It took some time for Tom Brady to reach 1,000 career rushing yards, but against the Vikings on Dec. 2, it happened. And it was a masterpiece.

2018 started with a loss in Super Bowl LII at the hands of Nick Foles and the Eagles and ended with an Eagles win that helped the Patriots hang on to the No. 2 seed. What a long, strange trip it has been.

With that, it was on to the playoffs. Throughout the season, had shown a behind-the-scenes look at the Patriots football operations, and in the third installment of Do Your Job, it looked into the scouting department.

After a win over the Los Angeles Chargers, the Patriots went on to defeat Kansas City in the AFC Championship game, and the celebrations were too good.

Jason McCourty was Super Bowl bound for the first time in his career alongside his twin brother.

After a week of preparations in Foxborough, the Patriots prepared to make the trip to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII, but before they did, thousands of Patriots fans came to see them off. Gillette Stadium was rocking like a game day, and Tom Brady led the wild crowd in an epic chant.

Jason and Devin weren't the only McCourtys making the trip to Super Bowl LIII. Their wives, Melissa and Michelle, spoke with about the emotional season and how special it was for their family.

The McCourtys weren't alone in their football family reflections. Matthew Slater and his Hall of Fame father Jackie Slater shared what football has meant to their father-son relationship, and there are even some adorable clips of Matthew as a kid.

For any football player, it is a dream come true to make it to the Super Bowl, but going to Super Bowl LIII meant something even more special to Obi Melifonwu. Obi grew up in Grafton, Mass., rooting for the Patriots. His first trip to the Super Bowl was with the team he grew up watching, and he talked with about that dream coming true.

Super Bowl Opening Night is notoriously chaotic, but Coach Ivan Fears embraced the chaos with a laugh. Unbeknownst to him, his daughter Kim tweets about his off-season antics, and Coach Fears read some of them for the first time in a hilarious video.

As we know, the Patriots became six-time Super Bowl champion on Feb. 3, and the MVP had a message for Patriots fans after the game. Boy, did the listen.

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Hi Gronky! 👋

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1.5 million fans lined the streets of Boston to celebrate the Patriots, and they were not disappointed. There was dancing and cheering, but in between that was a sweet moment between Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady's daughter Vivian.

Folks came from all over be in the crowd, and in the case of David Andrews, he came from a duck boat to join the crowd. It was incredible.

The 2018 season was quite the year for the Patriots. Here's to hoping 2019 is just as good.

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