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The New England Patriots are tired of thinking about it, tired of talking about it and ready to move on.
No, not deflate-gate ... Arizona.
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is the site of this year's Super Bowl. It was also the site of one of the toughest losses in Patriots history. In February 2008, New England and the New York Giants met in Super Bowl XLII. The Patriots entered the game with an overall record of 18-0, one win away from completing a perfect season. Then a wild finish, which included Giants wide receiver David Tyree making a miracle catch against his helmet, giving Eli Manning & Co. the title.
Some might be tempted to contemplate the team's history here, but the tight-lipped and forward-looking Patriots would rather not.
At the team's first press conference after arriving in Arizona on Monday, a reporter suggested to Vince Wilfork that he had to think about the previous loss in Phoenix. The defensive tackle appeared annoyed.
"I don't think about it," he said, turning his head toward another reporter.
Tom Brady was just slightly more effusive.
"Yeah, we had a tough outcome the last time we were here, but that game is not going to have any effect on what we're doin'," the quarterback said.
But Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one person in the franchise that doesn't always stick to the public-speaking game plan.
Asked about how much the 2008 loss to the Giants motivates Brady, he said, "Actually we talked about it and we're happy and privileged that we got a chance to come back to Arizona and close the order and do what we have to do. He is driven."
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