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Patriots 32, Panthers 29

Patriots claim second Super Bowl win thriller vs. Panthers

Vinatieri’s field goal in closing seconds clinches title

HOUSTON -- Moments before Super Bowl XXXVIII, in the privacy of the Patriots’ locker room at Reliant Stadium, Bill Belichick finally released his tongue from the captivity of his teeth. The reserved coach, whose every public uttering is calculated, lit a fire under his team by lighting into the Carolina Panthers during a stirring pregame speech.

”I always believe he saves the best for last,” tight end Christian Fauria said. “The speech was basically like, `We kept our mouths shut, we didn’t say anything, now it’s time to get to business.’ I don’t want to go into exactly what he said, but we just knew that the show was over, being politically correct was over, and we knew what we had to do no matter what we were saying to the press. When we came out there, you could tell we were ready to fight those guys right on the field.”

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