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Super Bowl History: Connecticut’s connections

January 22, 2019

The franchise that left Connecticut at the altar is back in a familiar place.

The Patriots are heading to the Super for the third year in a row and ninth time in the Bill Belichick era. Or how about this timeline: The Patriots have been a model franchise — 16 playoff berths, 10 division titles in a row, eight consecutive appearances in the AFC title game, five Super Bowl victories — in the two decades after jilting their Southern New England fan base.

Can Connecticut take some credit for sparking a historic dynasty?

The Patriots-to-Hartford saga seems a distant memory as New England’s NFL franchise re-invented itself under Belichick, the former Wesleyan lacrosse player. Belichick’s Connecticut roots are a perennial Super Bowl link for the state, a region divided among fans of the Giants, Jets and Patriots.

But our small state has its share of Super Bowl connections, from Belichick and the almost-Hartford Patriots to Yale and UConn alums to a litany of natives with big-stage experience.

Take a walk through history and connect the Connecticut dots to the Super Bowl by browsing through the photo gallery above.

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