WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s not the way the New England Patriots were hoping to arrive back to New England, but they arrived back home Monday afternoon nonetheless.
Instead of celebrating a sixth Super Bowl championship, the team is searching for answers to the question, “what went wrong?”
The team took off from Minnesota around noon and arrived back to T.F. Green around 3:30 p.m.
The Patriots, favored to win Sunday night, ended up falling to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 41-33.
Despite the loss, screaming fans were at the airport to greet the players.
After the debarking the plane, the team got on buses headed back to Foxboro, where they’re expected to clear out their lockers for the off-season.
The scene was quiet in Foxboro Monday afternoon, but there were still some fans ready to welcome the Patriots home.
“All the Super Bowls that (Brady) has won, would have been nice to have one more on there,” Diane Tower of Hudson, Mass. said. “We still have time to make another, another sixth win.”
Other fans said they would’ve shown up to support the players regardless of whether they won or not.
“My daughter is a die-hard fan,” Sara Hart said. “She loves the sport, loves the team so I figured I’d come out here no matter what, win or lose.”
The Philadelphia Eagles also arrived home Monday.