Obama called Belichick on Thursday. The White House says Obama pointed out the contributions of many of the players toward the game's exciting finish — in particular, quarterback Tom Brady and rookie Malcolm Butler.
Obama also invited the team to visit the White House to celebrate the victory. Typically, the president attends a ceremony at the White House congratulating championship teams.
A fourth-quarter rally helped the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on Sunday night at the Super Bowl in Phoenix. An estimated 114.4 million people watched the game.