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How Many Fans Came To The Patriots' Super Bowl Rally Today

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 37-31. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If you thought that the New England Patriots' fan base might be jaded by nine Super Bowl appearances in 18 years, think again. A large and boisterous crowd came out today to send the AFC champions off to Super Bowl LIII.

According to ESPN, approximately 35,000 people made their way to Gillette Stadium for the team's rally earlier today.

Per Bill Belichick, that's the largest crowd the team has ever had for a send-off.

The Patriots are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta later this afternoon to begin week-long preparations for the Super Bowl. Tom Brady fired up the crowd with chants of "we're still here," which has apparently become a motivating cry for the team.

Brady and the Pats continue to play up the "no respect" angle, which is curious. Sure, the Patriots did look more vulnerable at times this year than they had in recent seasons, but not sure how anyone could really be surprised that they are back in the big game.

New England and the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams will play for the world championship of professional football next Sunday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

This game is a rematch of the Patriots' first Brady/Belichick Super Bowl, which occurred 17 years ago.