For local Patriots fans, hours of nail-biting gives way to raucous celebration

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Patriots fans celebrate at O'Brien's pub on Main Street after a first down clinched the game and the AFC championship Sunday.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Donna Makela ended up enjoying the pre-game lead-up to Sunday's Patriots game as much as the game itself, after she drew the winning number for a new recliner at Peddler's Daughter. The contest was part of a pre-game party hosted by Nashua's Bellavance Beverage. Makela's husband, Roger, and their daughter, Kaitlyn, join her.
Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Patriots fans watching Sunday's game at the River Casino & Sports Bar were rather subdued after Jacksonville went up 14-3 in the first half, but quiet would eventually erupt into boisterous celebration when the Pats secured the win late in the game.

NASHUA – Jean Adie jumped from her chair, raised her arms, shrieked with joy and hugged her friend, then topped it off by pounding out a rhythmic drum beat on the bar.

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