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Patriots touch down in Atlanta

After arriving in Atlanta, the Patriots made their way off their team plane on Sunday.
After arriving in Atlanta, the Patriots made their way off their team plane on Sunday.(Rachel G. Bowers/Globe staff)

ATLANTA — The Patriots touched down at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 4:19 p.m. on Sunday, a week before they face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl.

It was easy to spot their team plane, one of two Boeing wide-body 767s acquired and retrofitted in 2017, as it descended just in front of Delta’s TechOps facility — the red, white, and blue aircraft with “Patriots” plastered on each side and five Lombardi Trophies on the tail.

Quarterback Tom Brady deplaned from the front door wearing a dark suit and tie, blue shirt, and toting a tan bag.

A few cheers rang out when Brady started down the stairs to the tarmac, at the same time tight end Rob Gronkowski exited from the back door of the plane.

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Wide receiver Julian Edelman and his beard also exited from the front door with a tan overcoat draped over his shoulders.

Patriots arrive in Atlanta for Super Bowl
The Patriots arrived in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.

Center David Andrews, a Johns Creek, Ga., native, rocked an Atlanta Braves fitted hat with his sport coat and white shirt.

Coach Bill Belichick and his longtime girlfriend Linda Holliday came out of the back of the plane, Belichick wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and light blue tie.

Team owner Robert Kraft was not on the flight and will arrive separately.

Six chartered buses took the team to its downtown hotel. Three Georgia State Patrol vehicles provided an escort.

The Patriots, who are practicing at Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta, will take part in Monday’s Opening Night Super Bowl festivities from 9-10.

Some Patriots departed the plane from the back exit, closest to the depiction of the franchise’s five Super Bowl trophies.
Some Patriots departed the plane from the back exit, closest to the depiction of the franchise’s five Super Bowl trophies.(Rachel G. Bowers/globe staff)
The unmistakable team plane of the Patriots.
The unmistakable team plane of the Patriots. (Rachel G. Bowers/Globe staff)