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Die-Hard Patriots Fan Mark Wahlberg Left Super Bowl Early and Missed Miracle Comeback

From The Fighter, to The Departed, to both Ted films, Dorchester-native Mark Wahlberg is closely tied, on and off-screen, to Boston. He is also a lifelong New England Patriots fan. And as a fan with means, he traveled to Houston to catch the Super Bowl LI in person.

But sometime in the middle of the fourth quarter, Wahlberg was seen departing NRG Stadium with wife Rhea Durham and sons Michael and Brendan.

At that point, of course, all hope seemed lost for the Patriots, and the Falcons looked to be well on their way to victory. But moments later, the comeback for the ages had been completed. And Marky Mark wasn’t there to see it.

Wahlberg took to Instagram after the game to explain that Brendan, his youngest, had apparently gotten sick and was unable to stay for the remainder of the game.

We, of course, cannot fault Wahlberg for making the correct parental decision here. That said, the incident calls to mind a famous Boston film sequence: the scene in Good Will Hunting when therapist Sean Maguire (played by the late Robin Williams) confesses to patient Will Hunting (played by Matt Damon) that he missed a chance to witness Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk‘s iconic Game 6 home run in the 1975 World Series to go on a first date with the woman he’d eventually marry.

“Still would’ve been nice to catch that game,” Damon said.

“I didn’t know Pudge was gonna hit a homer,” Williams said, laughing.

Watch above, via videographer Allen Reid and Twitter.

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