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Kraft expects electric atmosphere Monday night

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  November 30, 2010 07:31 PM

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft can sense the excitement building for the Jets-Patriots Monday night match up. Kraft said tonight he is just as excited as the fans about the game and expects
an electric atmosphere at Gillette Stadium.

"I think playing at home things will be a little different," Kraft said. "I know the players are really focused. I know the coaching staff is and I know the fans are."

"These next two weeks are pretty important and Monday night we all understand what that means," Kraft said. "It could be a game that determines a lot of things if we're privileged to make the postseason."

The New England Patriots and members of the Boston sports community were out tonight at the Seaport World Trade Center to show their support for the Champions for Children's event that benefits Children's Hospital Boston.

Kraft was among those in attendance along with offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka and receiver Matthew Slater.

"There's over 1,200 people here tonight. it's nice of the community to get behind an institution like this. I think a lot of people might take it for granted," Kraft said. "We like that our players come [to Children's Hospital], Dana-Farber, Brigham and Women's and Mass General."

As for Monday night, Kraft said he thinks the crowd will have plenty to cheer about, especially as the organization honors former Patriot Tedy Bruschi at halftime.

"Tedy sort of personifies what has been great about the Patriots since we've had the privilege of owning it," Kraft said. "I think he and his passion and the way he plays and the things he did, we hope that comes through on Monday night."

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