DALLAS -- Patriots offensive linemen Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly and Mark LeVoir are here at the Super Bowl media center as part of the second annual "Madden Most Valuable Protectors" promotion.
The way it worked is that five clubs were eligible based on John Madden's choice -- the Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Saints and Falcons -- and fans voted on NFL.com for the winner of the promotion, which is presented by Prilosec.
The fan vote went to the Patriots, so Koppen, Connolly and LeVoir punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
It wasn't their preferred reason for being in Dallas, especially after the offensive line struggled in the playoff loss to the Jets, but it gives them a chance to experience Super Bowl hype from a different perspective.
Reports that Connolly was assisting the Packers on the finer points of kickoff returns could not be confirmed.