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Foot doesn't fail Vinatieri again

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.

Where was this guy when the Titanic was going down?

For the second time in three seasons, Adam Vinatieri's magical foot came to the Patriots' rescue and won them a Super Bowl. Sunday, in one of the league's more exciting games, Vinatieri hammered a 41-yard winner down the middle to lift the Patriots 32-29.

"It's incredible," Vinatieri said. "There's nothing better than this feeling right now with this team winning. It's unbelievable."

The kick, which came with four seconds left, was eerily similar to another he made in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams two years ago. That was a 48-yarder as time expired.

"It's like deja vu from two years ago," Vinatieri said. "It never gets old. I'll cherish this one for a long time."

Perhaps it was the euphoria of the moment, but many Patriots said they never doubted Vinatieri would come through, though he had missed two kicks in the game.

"You know that Adam has been there before, that was nothing new to him," tight end Daniel Graham said. "We knew if we protected he was going to make it."

Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel added: "Adam is Mr. Money."

Up until the last few seconds, Vinatieri wasn't having the best of days, seeing one kick go wide and the other blocked. "You have to get those out of the back of your head and move forward," he said.

Vinatieri credited his late-game accomplishment to the way his offense fought back. He said his leg would not have mattered had the Patriots not gained the 37 yards needed.

"Tom (Brady) was amazing again. He did it again," Vinatieri said. "The supporting cast, the receivers, made some nice catches and gave us an opportunity. You never know with us. If you give us any time, look out."

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