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Cops: Brawlers were trying to ‘defend the Patriots honor’

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A pack of agitated New England fans said they were trying to “defend the

Patriots [team stats] honor” when they attacked a group of Giants fans in a post-Super Bowl scrum, wrestling them and pushing them onto nearby T tracks, according to Brookline police.

Sean Chase, 21, of Cambridge, Daniel Powers, 22, of Andover, and Abraham Hunter, 23, of Boston told police they were walking by a group of men in Washington Square shortly after midnight when they heard a remark about the Giants “being superior” to the Patriots following their 21-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI, said police spokesman Lt. Phil Harrington.

An officer driving by said he saw one of the suspects pushing people in the group, including onto the train tracks, before bolting down Beacon and Washington Streets, Harrington said.

An officer chased down Chase by foot, and cops found Hunter and Powers on nearby University Road, he said. All three were arrested on disorderly conduct charges and Chase is also facing a charge of assault and battery, police said.

Powers told police he was trying to “defend the Patriots honor,” Harrington said. No one was injured, and all four victims refused treatment, he said.

The arrests were the closest local police came to rowdiness in the aftermath of the Patriots’ crushing loss. Boston police, aided by a state police helicopter, had planned to set up crowd-control barricades in Kenmore Square and North Station, and closed through traffic in both popular post-game partying hot spots.

But with no win to celebrate, hundreds of fans trudged out of bars and restaurants with no energy — or motivation — to cause trouble.

“Crowds behaved extremely well,” said Boston police spokesman Officer James Kenneally.

It came in stark contrast to the scene in Amherst, where several small skirmishes broke out when 1,500 UMass students gathered on a campus plaza. Police in riot gear broke up the crowd.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but 14 people were arrested, including 13 students, a school spokesman said. They are being referred to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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