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Ron Cook: Naturally, Patriots get the last laugh after Deflategate

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. It started with Tom Brady taking the field for warmups, screaming with joy at his loyal fans, pumping his fist in the air. If that weren't enough to ruin your night, there was owner Robert Kraft walking his team's fourth Super Bowl trophy, won in February, to midfield for the unveiling of the championship banner.

It continued with Brady throwing not one, not two, but three touchdown passes to All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. How they loved that here, watching Gronk wind up and do his famous spike after each score.

It ended with the New England Patriots doing what they always seem to do at Gillette Stadium, beating the Steelers handily, 28-21....