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PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN IACONO FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Super Bowl Ring The New England offensive line—tackle Nate Solder (77), guard Dan Connolly (63), center Bryan Stork (66), guard Ryan Wendell (62) and tackle Sebastian Vollmer (76)—kept Tom Brady in its inner circle on Sunday, allowing him to fire a fourth-quarter pass to running back Shane Vereen during what would prove to be the winning drive.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT BECK SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Gronk And Go Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, split wide right at the line, beat Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright for a 22-yard touchdown with 31 seconds left before halftime at University of Phoenix Stadium. The second of Tom Brady's four TD passes put New England up 14--7, but Seattle tied the game just 29 seconds later.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Sign Language After piling up six tackles and a sack in the Patriots' stunning 28--24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX, defensive end Rob Ninkovich conveyed with a gesture what the scoreboard writ large.