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ATLANTA (AP) — The Super Bowls have become a yearly ritual for the New England Patriots under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.They’re back for the third straight year and the ninth time overall despite a taxing season that seemed doomed after Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension for performance-enhancers Danny Shelton Jerseys 2019 , a 1-2 start to the regular season, various injuries and the arrival and abrupt departure of Josh Gordon.Yet, as they prepare for Sunday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, it’s hard to imagine New England, which is a slight favorite, not walking out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium without their sixth Lombardi Trophy.The reasons begin in the place that matters most: with quarterback Tom Brady.Yes, he’s 41 years old. And yes, he showed some slight signs of decline during his 19th season. But he’s also coming off two impressive playoff wins, which doesn’t bode well for the Rams.He bested Philip Rivers in the divisional round. Then he helped the Patriots overcome their playoff road woes by leading 12th postseason game-winning drive of his career to defeat Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City in the AFC championship game.Brady averaged 267.5 passing yards per game in the postseason before turning 40. Since hitting that milestone White Josh Gordon Jerseys , he’s thrown for 364.6 yards per game.“It’s a long season. It’s a lot like climbing a mountain,” Brady said. “You have some really great moments and you have some disappointing things that happen. You gotta kind of figure out your way as you go. The goal is to reach the top and only one team really reaches it.”Linebacker Elandon Roberts said trying to quantify Brady’s impact this season is impossible.“I can make a list, but I might run out of paper,” Roberts saidWhile there have been times during the Patriots’ run of championships in which they have been dependent on Brady’s arm, this season has been notable for the help he’s had and continues to lean on during the postseason.Rookie Sony Michel has reinvigorated the run game, rushing for an NFL rookie record five touchdowns. He’s gotten support from Rex Burkhead (three postseason rushing TDs), James White and even fullback James Develin .It’s added up to fast starts.The Patriots have been outscored 24-3 in the first quarter of their previous eight Super Bowl appearances. They are poised to change that, having outscored the Chargers and Chiefs 49-7 in the first quarter in their first two victories this postseason.The defense has also stepped up. First-time All-Pro Stephon Gilmore has helped steady a secondary that ranked as low as 27th in the NFL against the pass at midseason.There is also the undeniable experience factor that heavily favors New England.This will be the ninth Super Bowl appearance for Belichick and Brady. But it is the third straight for the Patriots overall.Safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung and kicker Stephen Gostkowski are preparing to play in their fifth Super Bowls. And they have 25 players who have appeared in at least two Super Bowls.By comparison, the Rams have only four players on their entire roster that have played in this game.Brady went on the record this week saying there is “zero chance” that he will retire at the end of this season Josh Gordon Jerseys 2019 , adding his plan is still to play until age 45.“He works, plays hard, he probably will,” Belichick said.While he isn’t thinking about the end anytime soon, Brady said he isn’t taking his latest opportunity for granted either.“I just love it and I love playing,” Brady said. “I think everyone at this point is tired and worn down but at the same time, you have one of the great opportunities in your life. … It’s a very difficult game to win. I’m excited for it.” Today’s the final day to vote!"WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots First ReadDon’t forget to vote for the Patriots’ 2019 Hall of Fame inductee todayNew,10commentsToday’s the final day to vote!EDTShareTweetShareShareDon’t forget to vote for the Patriots’ 2019 Hall of Fame inductee todayIn early April, the New England Patriots’ 2019 Hall of Fame process was kicked off when the club’s voting committees — two groups that include White Jonathan Jones Jerseys , among others, current Patriots staff member/football historian Ernie Adams — met for the first time to discuss the latest players or coaches deserving to join the greatest to ever wear the franchise’s colors. At the end of the day, four players distinguished themselves from the others.Late Patriots starting left tackle Leon Gray was voted into the Hall as a senior nominee, while three recent players were announced as having reached the final round for ‘regular’ induction: defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who also was a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist this year, linebacker and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, and safety Rodney Harrison. All three were of course core pieces of the Patriots’ early dynasty.Over the last two weeks, fans had time to vote for one of the three men to join Gray as a 2019 inductee — a process that will come to an end today, so make sure to cast your vote:Basically Jonathan Jones Jerseys 2019 , there are no wrong choices here: Seymour, Vrabel and Harrison all played at an exceptional level for the Patriots and helped establish what is now known as the ‘Patriot Way.’ Bringing leadership and a blue-collar mentality to the defense, the trio combined to win eight Super Bowls and in 2009 was voted to the franchise’s 50th anniversary team. Sooner or later, they will all get one of the red jackets — but who will be the first? You decide.Below are excerpts from the team’s official press release on the three finalists — just in case you need more information.Richard SeymourMike VrabelRodney Harrison
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