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Patriots invite fans to SB send-off rally

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Before the Patriots leave for Super Bowl LI, fans will have One More chance to see the team and wish them luck prior to their departure for Houston. The Patriots are inviting fans to a special Super Bowl Send-Off Rally on Monday, Jan. 30 at 9:00 a.m., on NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

Patriots in-stadium announcer John Rooke will kick things off at 9:00 a.m. The rally, which is free and open to the public, will include a performance by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, t-shirt tosses and giveaways. Patriot Radio Network play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci and color analyst Scott Zolak will talk about Super Bowl LI and the Patriots showdown with the Atlanta Falcons.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick and team captains Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower and Matthew Slater will address the crowd before the buses roll out of Foxborough and head to Boston's Logan International Airport. The rally is expected to conclude shortly after 10 a.m. and the team is expected to arrive in Houston around 3 p.m. local time. More details on the rally to be announced.

The Patriots captured their ninth conference championship and eighth since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994 with a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 22 at Gillette Stadium. Kraft told Patriots Nation during the Lamar Hunt Trophy presentation following the win over the Steelers that while the conference championship victory was "big," there's still two more weeks left in the journey.

Kraft concluded his remarks by saying, "We have to go to Houston and win One ..." pausing to allow the capacity crowd to enthusiastically finish the sentence by yelling "More!"

On Feb. 5, the Patriots will seek their fifth Super Bowl title when they face the Falcons. Super Bowl LI will be broadcast by FOX and can be seen locally on WFXT Channel 25 in Boston. Joe Buck will handle play-by-play duties with Tory Aikman as the color analyst. Erin Andrews and Chris Myers will work the sidelines.

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