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The Patriots are no longer holding back their feelings on Roger Goodell

It's no secret that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn't like distractions in his locker room.

Over the past two years, as the shadow of Deflategate and Tom Brady's four-game suspension hung over both his team and the league, Belichick remained as stoic as ever. His players followed suit, staying as quiet as possible about their newly-strained relationship with Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell, all the while keeping their eyes on the prize of getting to and winning Super Bowl LI.

Many speculated about what would happen if the Patriots were to win the Super Bowl in the 2016-17 season. How would Goodell deal with handing the Lombardi Trophy to team owner Robert Kraft -- or even to Brady?

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In the days leading up to the big game, Goodell insisted he would not feel awkward up on that stage with the Patriots, going so far as to say it would be "an honor" to award Brady his fifth trophy. He also addressed his notable absence from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, throughout the 2016 season and playoffs, saying that he would gladly attend a Patriots home game if the team were to invite him.

Other than a few thinly veiled shots at the commissioner from Robert Kraft, the Patriots, still, kept their feelings to themselves.

Until now.

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Patriots fans take shots at Roger Goodell after Super Bowl win
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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan carries a sign mocking Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League, during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Ben Cleary of Marblehead carries this sign during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans express their feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with signs at City Hall Plaza during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A sign hangs on a railing as fans line the route during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan holds up a Roger Goodell sign during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Fans during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fan Christopher Murphy-Moore was dressed for the occasion while celebrating during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans gather in Copley Square before the start of a New England Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans celebrate during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI victory parade in Boston on Feb. 07, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A New England Patriots fan expresses his feelings toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with a sign at City Hall Plaza during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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After winning Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion, Kraft accepted the Lombardi Trophy from Goodell while the crowd inside NRG Stadium booed the commissioner relentlessly. Kraft called this championship "unequivocally the sweetest," hinting at the difficulties of dealing with Deflategate -- casually bringing up how "a lot has transpired over the past two years."

In a press conference the next day, Belichick took the opposite approach, calling it "insulting" to insinuate Tom Brady worked any harder this season because of his suspension. But it seems Belichick is the only one still downplaying the Patriots' feelings on Goodell.

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, one of Belichick's right-hand men, presented his feelings silently but clearly when the team plane touched back down in Massachusetts:

Hey, if a coach can do it, why not everyone else?

Wide receiver Danny Amendola, who scored one touchdown in the Super Bowl and a clutch two-point conversion to tie the game, let his feelings be known during the team's celebratory parade on Tuesday:

Even Tom Brady, the personification of Belichick's "do your job" mantra, finally let himself get some shots in at the commissioner who suspended him.

In a commercial recorded months before the Patriots even made it to the Super Bowl, Tom Brady flaunts his fifth championship ring with a pretty blatant shoutout to Goodell at the end:

The duck boat Brady rode during Tuesday's parade featured an unabashed reference to the commercial: a "Roger That" t-shirt (with the 2016 championship ring strategically placed on a certain finger) that everyone in New England will be trying to get their hands on.

New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade(Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

No one truly "won" Deflategate -- the scandal dragged on for two years and took far too many prisoners.

Robert Kraft and Roger Goodell, once good friends, now have a tumultuous relationship at best. The Patriots lost $1 million and two draft picks as punishment. The NFL spent millions on an investigation and court battles with one of the league's most prominent players. Both Goodell and the Patriots are somehow hated even more now, and Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

But the Patriots came out of this debacle as Super Bowl champions for the fifth time, all in the Brady-Belichick era, and they're finally able to let their true feelings on the matter show.

They're probably pretty pleased with that result.

See more from the team's celebration with fans:

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Scenes from the Patriots Super Bowl LI parade
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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady raises a Lombardi Trophy during the rally in City Hall Plaza following the Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Head coach Bill Belichick is behind him. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots fans celebrate during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the Boston Police celebrate during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Members of the New England Patriots react during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Fans watch the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to throw back the ball he caught from someone in the crowd on Tremont Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. Jacoby Brissett, wearing a Brady jersey, stands next to him, with Jimmy Garoppolo at right. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: The Vince Lombardi trophy is held during the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots reacts during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: A fan raises a hand during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Matt Santo shows off his tattoo during New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich reacts to the crowd during the Patriots victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft waves to the crowd during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: Signs in storefronts support the team as fans line the route along Boylston Street during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON - FEBRUARY 7: From left: New England Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Tom Brady celebrate during the New England Patriots Super Bowl LI Victory Parade in Boston on Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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