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BIG GAME BEAT: Patriots putting on the finishing touches


ATLANTA (WPRI) — The New England Patriots held their final practice on Friday, so now all that’s left to do is mentally prepare for their biggest game of the season and for some players, the biggest game of their lives.

“A lot of people, their whole careers, they’ve never been to a Super Bowl,” rookie RB Sony Michel said. “So for me, to be here with my teammates my rookie year, it’s an amazing feeling.”

“You’ve got to control your emotions, and you’ve got to realize that this is work. This is a business trip,” WR Julian Edelman said. “You’re not coming here to have all the glitz and glamours of Super Bowl weekend. I’m here to go out there and try to win a football game.”

The details are crucial when it comes to winning a championship and while the Patriots’ game plan is in place, the team will be fine-tuning their tactics right up until kickoff, with hopes of taking a sixth Lombardi Trophy back home to New England.

“It’s a great opportunity,” head coach Bill Belichick said. “You put everything you have into it and do the best you can.”

The majority of players who spoke to Eyewitness Sports said they expect to sleep well Saturday night, despite the mounting pressure.

WATCH: New England Nation: The Experience – on WPRI 12 & streaming on at 7 p.m.

Ruthie Polinsky caught up with with some fans at a rally for the Patriots Saturday afternoon.

What’s on Tap for Saturday

  • 8 a.m. – Super Bowl Breakfast and presentation of 2019 Bart Starr Award for outstanding character, integrity and leadership on and off the field
  • 9 a.m. – NFL and All-Pro Dad’s Family Football Clinic
  • 9 a.m. – 1st and Future competition
  • 10 a.m. – Super Bowl Experience opens
  • 10 a.m. – Play Football Family Festival at Marietta High School
  • 10:30 a.m. – Smocks and Jocks: A jazz brunch and silent auction showcasing the art of active and former players.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Girls’ Flag Football Exhibition
  • 7 p.m. – Taste of the NFL, featuring chefs from all 32 NFL cities
  • 9 p.m. – NFL Honors airs on WPRI 12, recognizing the best players and performances from the 2018 season

Patriots Pride: New England Nation, Show Your Spirit!

We know New England Nation is coming out in force this weekend, so share your spirit and we can showcase it on air on and online and do our part as fans to help the home team on Sunday! 


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Social Stream

The Eyewitness Sports team has a crew down in Atlanta covering The Big Game for New England Nation. Be sure to follow Yianni Kourakis, Ruthie Polinsky, Morey Hershgordon, and J.P. Smollins on Twitter and our New England Nation page on Facebook.

New England Nation has you covered all week leading up to the big game, and will have exclusive digital content each day from Atlanta.


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