Patriots, Eagles tackle the serious and silly at media night

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New England Patriots’ Tom Brady laughs during NFL football Super Bowl 52 Opening Night Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Super Bowl festivities in Minnesota are in full swing, with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles kicking off their week in the spotlight at media night.

The Patriots were first on the stage on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center, the hockey rink and home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. Tom Brady led his team out of the tunnel made out of the set designed to resemble a giant glacier in honor of the host state’s wintry climate.

Swarmed by a 12-deep pack of reporters, camera operators and just-for-fun “journalists,” Brady wore a black wool stocking cap and a wide smile through most of his hour-long session in advance of his eighth career Super Bowl.

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