Victory tis' so sweet!
However, the New England Patriots were victorious on and off the field tonight, as their motivation for the win went far beyond just getting their hands on the Lombardi trophy.
They did it for Sam Berns. For those who haven't heard of Berns, he was a 17-year-old teenage with a rare terminal illness known as progeria.
The disease, which only affects approximately 250 children in the world, is categorized as a fatal genetic condition that hastens the aging process prematurely. Berns died on Friday, Jan. 10.
The Patriots dedicated a moment of silence in Berns' honor before Saturday's playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Berns' compelling story, which he personally coined his 'philosophy for a happy life,' pulled the heart strings of Patriots' fans around the world.
His battle with the rare disease was actually apart of an HBO documentary released in October of 2013. The documentary, which was titled Life According to Sam, offered collective accounts of children battling with the rare disease.
Patriots fans took to Twitter under the hashtag #SamBerns to share their sentiments of his life and legacy.