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Winslow Townson, Associated Press
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pauses while talking about his late wife Myra with reporters during a news conference at the team's NFL football facility, in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. The Patriots are scheduled to host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC championship game on Sunday, Jan. 22.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Robert Kraft is headed to another AFC championship game in a season like no other for the New England Patriots owner.

He lost his "sweetheart" when his wife, Myra, died in July and found an "extended family" in the locker room and offices at Gillette Stadium.

Kraft said Friday that the team has been his savior. He described it as being like an extended family and said players have been great to him.

As they've done all season, every player will wear a dark blue patch with white capital letters "MHK" on his jersey when he takes the field against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It's a reminder of the philanthropic woman who was married to Kraft for 48 years, the woman the Patriots have dedicated their season to.