Patriots sent off by 25,000 fans

Updated: January 29, 2012, 11:17 PM ET
By Tom Lakin | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. -- An estimated 25,000 New England Patriots fans flooded Foxborough late Sunday morning, turning out in droves for a send-off rally at Gillette Stadium before the team left for Indianapolis and their Feb. 5 Super Bowl matchup against the New York Giants.

"I want to thank you all for coming here today and giving us the warmest welcome in the history of this team," said team owner Robert Kraft, addressing the crowd from a stage set up along the Patriots' sideline. ...

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