Julian Edelman (left) is looking to connect with Tom Brady often in the Super Bowl. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman (left) is looking to connect with Tom Brady often in the Super Bowl. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman is more than aware of the challenge ahead of him.

One of the best timing route receivers in the league has to find a way to get open against arguably the most physical secondary in football on the game’s biggest stage. Edelman hasn’t played against Seattle since 2012, when the “Legion of Boom” was coming into its own.

Cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Richard Sherman and safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas present the biggest challenge Edelman has seen as a starting slot receiver in the NFL.

“They’€™re a little different because they’€™re all big,” Edelman said. “They’€™re all big, strong, ferocious players. They play in their scheme. They’€™re well coached. They play hard. We certainly have some guys that are big, but this a completely different group and like you said, I’€™ve never played against them. [We’€™ve] got to take these next few days [to] prepare [and] get ready for them and try to bring out the ‘A’ game.”

How does Edelman feel about the progress in the game plan so far?

“I feel good. Practice has had a high tempo; guys are focused,” Edelman said. “We still have a long way to go. We still have a few days out in Arizona to prepare so we’€™re going to try to take advantage of that. It’€™s been pretty good.”

This is Edelman’s second Super Bowl experience. Three years ago, Wes Welker had his job before leaving for Denver. Edelman was returning kicks and playing on special teams. He returned three kicks for 73 yards, including a 31-yarder. What did the experience in Super Bowl XLVI teach him about the crazy week leading up to the game?

“Just all the scheduling of everything, definitely being at one has helped,” Edelman said. “It’€™s always a little different every year I guess. I’€™m a little more familiar with what you’€™ve got going on when you’€™re there [and] being able to ignore a bunch of distractions and all that kind of stuff. It really is a business trip for us. [I’€™m] looking forward to that.”

Edelman made it clear that he’s anxious to get out to Arizona and take the game prep to the next level.

“Definitely. You’€™re anxious to get out there and kind of feel your surroundings, see what you’€™re going to be working with that week as far as facility, the meeting rooms,” Edelman said. “[You] don’€™t have to worry about anything else. You should have all your off-the-field stuff taken care of. You’€™re definitely anxious to get out there and start the preparing process out there. It’€™ll be nice to be in some 70-degree weather. That’€™s always nice. [We’€™ll] go out there and try to win the last game.

“Anytime you go to a Super Bowl it’€™s pretty exciting so I don’€™t know. I was really excited last time, I’€™m excited this time. Probably a little more focused this time as far as knowing what you have to do out there, knowing what’€™s going on ‘€“ experiencing all that kind of stuff. That’€™s how I feel about that question I guess.”

Here are some other takeaways from media availability Sunday with Edelman:

Q: Were you aware of the science projects Coach Belichick was working on the last few days? How do you feel about him putting an end to it?

JE: I wasn’€™t. Coach [has] always got his own thing going and I’€™ve moved on to Seattle last Sunday so that’€™s how I feel about that whole thing.

Q: Could you ever imagine hearing about him standing up and quoting ‘€œMy Cousin Vinny’€ and talking science instead of football?

JE: No, I guess I couldn’€™t have imagined that. He’€™s a pretty smart guy though.

Q: You’€™re Throwback Thursday video Growing Pains ‘€“

JE: Growing Pats.

Q: Growing Pats, based off of ‘€œGrowing Pains,’€ can you explain how you came up with that video? Do you work on videos like that often?

JE: I’€™ve got an unbelievable team that I work with ‘€“ with Super Digital [and] Assaf Swissa. He’€™ll bounce ideas off of me and I’€™ll bounce ideas off of him. That’€™s usually how those things get created, just through old stuff that you grew up watching or you grew up doing. We try to incorporate that to kind of interact with the people that follow you. It was cool, but now we’€™re on to Seattle.

Q: At Coach Bill Belichick‘€™s press conference yesterday he was passionate and even emotional when he was talking about what you guys accomplished this season. How did that make you guys feel?

JE: It’€™s always nice to hear your coach talk with that amount of passion and pride about our unit. We still have other things to accomplish. We could talk about how Coach felt and all of that stuff after this week because it doesn’€™t really mean anything unless you go out and you finish it.

Q: This is your second Super Bowl appearance, but is this something when you were growing up as a kid you dreamt about?

JE: Definitely ‘€“ [for] any kid who played Pop Warner or high school football, this is the ultimate stage. This is when, like you said, when you’€™re 12 years old, you used to dream about getting this opportunity to go out and play against a really good opponent who’€™s the defending Super Bowl champs. It doesn’€™t get any better than that.

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Mike Petraglia

Before taking off for Arizona on Monday for the Super Bowl, Tom Brady did a little social networking Sunday.

The Patriots embattled quarterback put out a call on Facebook, via a produced video, to rally Patriots fans around the organization.

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Mike Petraglia

In their final Foxboro practice of the year and their last before departing for Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, the Patriots had perfect attendance Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Bryan Stork (center) raises his leg during warmups, prior to Thursday's Patriots practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bryan Stork (center) raises his leg during warmups, prior to Thursday’s Patriots practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

In their final Foxboro practice of the year and their last before departing for Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, the Patriots had perfect attendance Sunday, according to multiple reports.

For a fourth straight day, the Patriots held their practice inside Dana-Farber Fieldhouse Sunday as they try to simulate game conditions inside University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale next Sunday.

The Patriots had a full pads practice on Thursday, followed by a walkthrough on Friday and a pair of sweats and shells practice on Saturday and Sunday.

The Patriots officially listed six as questionable in Friday’s projected injury report, including rookie center Bryan Stork, who injured his knee in the divisional win over the Ravens. His continued participation in practice is a good sign that he will be ready to play in the Super Bowl.

Sunday’s practice was the 65th and final one of the season on their Foxboro campus. The next big event for the Patriots is Monday’s send-off rally at 11 a.m. at City Hall Plaza in Boston. The Patriots land in Arizona Monday afternoon and will be available to the media at that time.

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Mike Petraglia
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.

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Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.

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The guys talk about Jeremy Lane's comments on Gronk and stating that Gronk is overrated and doesn't like "hands on him". Greg says during the week in which a ton of strange, dumb things were said, this may be the dumbest! DeOssie goes on to say that it's ok to pump your chest and try to hype your teammates, but pick your spots better!

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Greg and Steve try to actually get into the matchups and discuss how Russell Wilson and company will try to attack the Pats secondary, if the Pats offense is ready for the Seahawks physicality, the legacies of Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and more.

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While Chris Price is on his way to the Super Bowl in Arizona, Greg Dickerson and Steve DeOssie are discussing … what else … “Deflategate”. Greg and Steve give their take and talk about Bill’s amazing press conference yesterday.

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