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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski's home burglarized during Super Bowl, police say

Update 11:33 a.m. EST Feb. 7: Police in Massachusetts are investigating after authorities said burglars broke into the home of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski while he was in Minneapolis playing in Super Bowl LII.

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According to a heavily redacted police report, the break-in happened at 8:50 p.m., just five minutes after Gronkowski scored his first of two touchdowns at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

“This is Rob Gronkowski calling,” the football player can be heard saying in a recording of the 911 call he made about the incident. “While I was gone, my whole house got robbed – while on the Super Bowl trip, and I just got back.”

According to the police report, burglars were not able to get into Gronkowski's bedroom -- it was found locked and secured. However, items were taken from the his housemates’ bedrooms, and other valuables were stolen from common areas of the home.

Original report: In exclusive video obtained by Boston 25 News, police can be seen responding Monday to Gronkowski’s home in Foxborough, a few miles from Gillette Stadium. In the video, Massachusetts State Police vehicles can be seen parked outside Gronkowski’s home until about 11 p.m.

Gronkowski briefly appeared at the door of his home, but he did not say anything about the investigation.

Boston 25 News obtained a police audio recording of the responding officer talking about the break-in. In it, the officer says that “the homeowner… reports while he was on his trip, his house was broken into.”

>> On Boston25News.com: Foxborough police provide update on break-in at Gronk's house

The officer also mentions that “multiple safes” and “possible guns” were reported missing after the break-in.

Foxborough police Chief William Baker spoke with reporters outside the police station Tuesday morning and confirmed that Gronkowski’s home was burglarized while he was away in Minnesota.

“I think it’s kind of a tough combination,” he said. “You know, to have suffered this unfortunate loss and then to get home and be a victim of this kind of crime.”

A neighbor spoke with Boston 25 News early Tuesday and said he noticed something unusual Sunday at Gronkowski’s home.

“We went past the house on Sunday, about 12:30-1 p.m., and I happened to notice the gate was ajar, which is very unusual," Tom Savino said. "You never see that gate ajar. So, as a joke, my son and I said, ‘Gee, maybe we should just call the police or something.' Now I’m sort of sorry I didn't."

>> Rob Gronkowski noncommital on return to Patriots after loss

Gronkowski and the rest of the New England Patriots left for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on Jan. 29, and didn’t return home until around 5 p.m. Monday.

Police declined to release additional information on the burglary as they continue their investigation.

“Whether you’re Rob Gronkowski or Bill Baker, being the victim of a residential property crime like that is unpleasant,” Baker said. “So, out of respect for Mr. Gronkowski’s privacy, and because this is an active and dynamic criminal investigation we are not going to release any information right now about what was stolen or whether any suspects exist.”

Several Eagles will skip White House visit if invited

The Philadelphia Eagles have been celebrating since stunning the New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII on Sunday. Their victory tour will kick off with a parade Thursday in downtown Philadelphia.

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However, several players already have made it known they will not visit the White House if they are invited by President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

Traditionally, the Super Bowl champions visit the White House.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who skipped the visit last year when he played for the Patriots, said before Super Bowl LII game that he would not attend if the Eagles beat New England.

He reiterated that sentiment Sunday night during an interview on the “Pardon My Take Podcast.”

"No, I'm not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?” he said.

 >> Underdog Patriots defeat Eagles to win Super Bowl

Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount also played for the Patriots last year and did not go to Washington when New England won Super Bowl LI. At the time he said that “I just don't feel welcome into that house. I'm just gonna leave it at that,” CNN reported.

Philadelphia wide receiver Torrey Smith said he was opposed to Trump’s outbursts against players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism.

“We read the news just like everyone else," Smith told NJ.com last week. "You see Donald Trump tweet something ... We have those conversations in the locker room, just like everyone else does in the workplace. We're very informed about what goes on, and we're trying to continue to educate ourselves.

>> If Eagles win Super Bowl, Chris Long won’t accept White House invitation

“They call it the anthem protest,”Smith said. “We're not protesting the anthem. It's a protest during the anthem. I understand why people are mad, or may be offended when someone takes a knee. My father, when he dies, is going to be buried with an American flag draped around his casket, being that he served in the Army.”

Pink slams critic of Super Bowl national anthem performance

Pink is seriously not here for the haters.

The pop singer came down with the flu over the weekend, but despite the setback, she nailed her performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl LII.

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Pink mustered up the same energy later Sunday after someone on Twitter wrote that the singer “sucks” and called her fans “dumb” in a since-deleted tweet.

“Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch,” she wrote.

“Poor dude couldn’t handle the heat she brought,” said one fan, who noticed that the person who posted the insulting tweet has since switched his or her Twitter account from public to private after sending the message. The account was later made public again.

>> Related: Pink nails national anthem at Super Bowl LII, spits out throat lozenge beforehand

“You were amazing! Coming from NYC when someone sings it with such feeling it takes me back to 9/11. Thank you for such. Beautiful tribute. I felt it in my heart,” said another fan.

Philadelphia breaks into raucous celebration after Eagles' Super Bowl win

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl Sunday night and their first NFL championship since 1960, and fans in the City of Brotherly Love celebrated — in some precincts with no mercy.

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Fans celebrated after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over Tom Brady and the favored New England Patriots, who were shooting for the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl championship. Almost immediately after the win was secured in the game’s waning seconds, Philly fans filled the streets.

Videos and photos posted to social media showed how a city known for underdogs like Rocky Balboa and passionate sports fans party. 

>> Related: Philadelphia celebrates after Eagles win Super Bowl

It wasn’t always pretty.

Determined fans didn’t let the city’s strategy of greasing light poles with hydraulic fluid keep them from doing their thing. Fans climbed traffic light fixtures until the lights could stand no more, coming completely free from their moorings and falling to the street.

At the Ritz-Carlton, one daring man climbed atop the entry awning. Other fans followed suit, packing the awning with people until it could no longer hold. It collapsed to the ground.

As the midnight hour struck, things started to get a little out of control, the New York Post reported. Windows at the Macy’s near City Hall were smashed and a man hopped inside the window display to take a selfie with a mannequin. A T-Mobile store also had its windows smashed, according to the newspaper.

“This guy took a can of Bud Light and boom -- shattered the window,” Dustin Fisher, 19, told the Post.

>> Photos: Eagles beat Patriots to win Super Bowl 52

As a show of support for Philadelphia’s men and women in blue, the Boston Police Department -- who’ve dealt with a few of these citywide championship celebrations -- tweeted words of encouragement to their brothers and sisters: “From the men and women of @bostonpolice to our brother and sister officers of @PhillyPolice: ‘Congratulations to you and your city. Please be safe out there.’”

Dilly, Dilly: Free beer for Philly 

Dilly, Dilly! Philadelphia fans, who already spilled plenty of beer after the Eagles’ 41-33 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, will be enjoying free brews when the city has a parade to celebrate the NFL champions.

Bud Light released details promising free beer for Philadelphia, making good on a bet the company made with Eagles’ offensive tackle Lane Johnson during training camp last summer, WPVI reported. 

Johnson told reporters last summer that if the Eagles won the Super Bowl, “I’m giving out beer to everybody.”

Bud Light then tweeted to Johnson with an offer. “Let’s make a bet. Win it all and the party is on us.”

Since the Eagles stunned the Patriots, it’s safe to say Dilly, Dilly: there will be beer flowing in Philly.

Eagles also sent Las Vegas sports books to defeat

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII, but props should go to the betting public, too.

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Several sports books in Nevada reported losses after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 Sunday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The William Hill sports book reported a multimillion loss and CG Technology suffered a six-figure loss, the Review-Journal reported.

>> Underdog Eagles defeat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Bettors cleaned up on prop bets, and one anonymous bettor won more than $10 million on approximately $7.4 million in money-line bets, the Journal-Review reported. It could result in Nevada sports books losing their third Super Bowl in 28 years.

“It’s going to be close,” CG Technology sports book director Jason Simbal told the Review-Journal. “If I had to bet right now, I would say we’re a small loser. And if it is a winner, it’s like (a) 1 percent (hold).

“The Patriots are not good to the sports books in Super Bowls,” Simbal said. “Whenever we need them, they don’t get there and when we don’t need them, they get there.”

>> Photos: Eagles beat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Wynn Las Vegas sports book officials said they “don’t usually lose” Super Bowls, but this year’s game was an exception.

“Once in a while (we lose),” Wynn Las Vegas sports book director Johnny Avello told the Review-Journal. “Once in a while. The last couple have been tough. Maybe the Patriots won’t be there next year.”

In a huge play for prop bettors, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught a TD pass on fourth-and-1 in the final minute of the first half. The odds on Foles to score a TD were 7-1.

“We got buried on that,” Westgate sports book manager Ed Salmons told the Review-Journal. “The props didn’t do very good. Every guy scored a touchdown and every guy went over.”

>> Super Bowl LII: Here are some fun prop bets

William Hill lost $4.6 million on three seven-figure wagers, the Review-Journal reported.

“Great game, (lousy) result,” William Hill sports book director Nick Bogdanovich wrote in a text to the Review-Journal.

Eagles may have been in illegal formation on Nick Foles' TD catch

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles got an easy touchdown as a receiver on a trick play during the first half of Super Bowl LII against New England on Sunday, but on replay review, it looks like the play should not have counted.

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For the play, Foles went for audibles along the offensive line and was out of the usual quarterback position when the ball was snapped. Trey Burton eventually tossed the ball to Foles for the touchdown, but as Zach Cox pointed out, Foles may not have been legally set on the line for the play.

Foles is on the right side of the offensive line, clearly a step behind the rest of those on the line.

NFL rules dictate that a team must have seven players on the line — and thus only four in the backfield — for a formation to be legal. But on this particular play, no flags were thrown and the Eagles were able to score on the play to take a 22-12 lead.

Bold TD pass to Nick Foles before halftime stunned Patriots

One reason the Eagles won Super Bowl LII was the innovative play-calling by coach Doug Pederson. And the Philly Special play he called just before halftime halftime had Twitter buzzing. 

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The Eagles led 15-12 against the New England Patriots late in the second quarter when Philadelphia faced a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Eagles executed a reverse throwback from tight end Trey Burton to a wide-open quarterback Nick Foles, catching the Patriots flat-footed and giving Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime lead.

It was a “take that” moment for the Eagles, as they answered a similar play call by the Patriots earlier in the second quarter. On that gadget play, New England quarterback Tom Brady was unable to hang on to a pass from Danny Amendola.

“That was something we’d been working on,” said Foles, who was voted the game’s MVP after the Eagles’ stunning 41-33 victory. “Doug and I were talking, and I was like ‘Let’s just run it. And it was a good time.

“And the end was a little wider than I thought, so I really needed to sell like I’m not doing anything,” Foles said during the postgame news conference. “And it worked: Burton made an amazing throw right on the money. I just looked it in.”

Foles became the first player in NFL history to throw and catch a touchdown pass in the same Super Bowl game, NJ.com reported.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Foles' touchdown reception:

Malcolm Butler says Patriots gave up on him in Super Bowl loss 

New England Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler was benched Sunday for Super Bowl LII, one of the more curious decisions during the game and especially afterwards, as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

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After the game, won 41-33 by Philadelphia, a frustrated Butler pushed back against the Patriots, via ESPN:

“They gave up on me. It is what it is,” Butler said after the game.

“I could have changed that game.”

Butler, who played nearly 98 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season, arrived late in Minneapolis due to illness.

Head coach Bill Belichick called his choice not to play Butler a “football decision.

Butler is a former Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and has started 16, 16 and 15 games in the last three years, respectively. He also has registered eight interceptions over the last three seasons.

>> Photos: Eagles beat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

He registered the game-winning interception against Russell Wilson in Super Bowl XLIX.

Butler will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Rob Gronkowski noncommital on return to Patriots after loss

The Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and change may be coming in New England.

While there has been plenty of speculation on what the future holds for quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, tight end Rob Gronkowski can be added to the list of uncertain futures in New England.

During his postgame news conference, Gronkowski dropped the stunner:

Gronkowski caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Just 28, Gronkowski ranks near the top of the greatest tight ends of all time. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler, with more than 7,000 yards and 76 touchdowns over his career.

>> Underdog Eagles defeat Patriots to win Super Bowl LII

Despite his elite status, Gronkowski has been one of the more injury-prone athletes in the NFL, suffering a plethora of significant injuries, including concussions, back fractures, forearm fractures, an ACL tear and much more. The beating appears to have taken its toll, and he is expected to re-evaluate things this summer.

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