Pats cheered at Boston rally, boarded plane to AZ

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, center, addresses a crowd of supporters during an NFL football send-off rally at City Hall in Boston Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. At left is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, at right is Patriots owner Robert Kraft. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (WWLP-AP) — Several thousand fans gathered at City Hall Plaza in Boston Monday to give the New England Patriots a raucous send-off to the Super Bowl.

Mayor Marty Walsh sported a No. 12 Tom Brady jersey as he and other officials led the crowd in cheers before the team left for the airport.

Brady told fans the Patriots will be relying on their support as they face the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s NFL title game in Glendale, Arizona. That prompted cheers of “Brady! Brady!”

Dan Connolly, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater joined team owner Robert Kraft and others on the podium for Monday’s pep rally. The Patriots were catching a midday flight to beat the blizzard bearing down on New England.

Remember that 22News reporter Kait Walsh is also on her way to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. Follow her journey throughout the week here on WWLP.com, and on 22News on the air.

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