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Donald Trump congratulates Patriots on beating Chiefs

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The New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 37-31 in overtime in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night to advance to their ninth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.

Afterward, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate the Patriots:

Trump has supported the Patriots in the past, and when New England defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl two years ago, the Pats even provided Trump with a Super Bowl ring.

The Patriots have had a positive relationship with the president for quite some time, as owner Robert Kraft donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and Belichick wrote Trump a letter of support during his presidential campaign. Trump has also referred to Brady as a friend.

Based on the fact that Trump did not post the same type of congratulatory response to the Los Angeles Rams, who also advanced to the Super Bowl on Sunday after topping the New Orleans Saints in their own overtime thriller, it’s easy to see who he will be rooting for in the big game on Feb. 3.

For New England, it is not only its ninth Super Bowl appearance since Belichick and Brady assumed their roles as head coach and quarterback, but it is its third consecutive trip, something it had never accomplished before.

Brady can add to his legacy by winning a sixth championship in a couple of weeks, distancing himself even further from the rest of quarterbacks in NFL history. He already has the most Super Bowl rings of any signal-caller with five, and only Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw have four.