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January 19, 2014

'Amazing' season

Local Pats fans marvel at how team overcame adversities

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Cresta is a passionate fan, who loves to spread the Patriots spirit at work, decorating her bank office for big games and dressing up in Patriots gear like many of her coworkers. She thinks they got a good shot of winning the Super Bowl this year.

“If they win, you’re going to hear me screaming all over this town like a mad woman,” she said.

Mark Feigenbaum, 55, of Andover, said he’s already elated at what the Pats have done this season and doesn’t expect much more out of the team.

“They got a chance, but I’m not optimistic,” said Feigenbaum, a Pats season ticket holder who has gone to more than 350 games since 1972. To win today’s game, the Patriots “have to play great” while the Broncos “have to play below what they have all year.” The Patriots have scored close to 28 points a game while an average game for the Broncos is about 38 points.

Feigenbaum calls it “exciting just to be in the AFC championship game” for the third consecutive year.

“Usually, you want them to win the Super Bowl, or you’re not satisfied,” said the financial planner.

“But they have performed so far above expectations, it’s incredible. Even if they lose, it’s a great year. The fact they got a first round bye is unbelievable. I don’t know how we’re winning all these games. They’ve spotted all the teams big leads, and gotten back into the game with the adjustments they made at half time. Definitely, the coaching has been amazing,” he said.

“If they get to the Super Bowl, it would be unbelievable. But I don’t see them winning it. I would be shocked if they did it. I don’t know how the Pats could beat San Francisco. If they go all the way with what they have, it would be amazing,” he said.

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