Patriots fans pack bars early in anticipation of AFC championship game

New England Patriots fans piled into bars around Boston Sunday, anxiously waiting to watch the hometown football team battle in the American Football Conference Championship game.

It was a familiar scene.

The Pats have played this game seven times since 2001. They have advanced to the Super Bowl six times during that span, only losing once.

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Charles Williams, 45, of Roslindale has watched every one of those AFC Championship games from the Cask ‘n Flagon bar in the Fenway. He kept that tradition Sunday arriving about an hour and a half before kickoff to grab a prime seat at the bar.

He declined to comment much about the game.

But he did say it wasn’t because he’s nervous. “I’m just superstitious.”

Williams wore his lucky outfit: a Patriots hat, jersey and a fleece jacket. His watch was red and blue. Inside the pocket of his jacket was a Patriots snow cap.

He said the garb has rarely failed him.

“If it’s not broken, why fix it,” he said, knocking on the wood bar in front of him.

As in many other Boston bars, fans inside the Cask ‘n Flagon packed in early to watch the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons play in the NFC Championship game.

Most people inside the bar wore Patriots apparel.

Abbey Collins, 27, wore a Jerod Mayo jersey. Her friend and classmate at Emerson College, Olivia White, 23, wore a Pats T-shirt.

Both said they liked New England’s chances.

“I’m confident we’re going to win,” said Collins, while the NFC Championship game carried on. “I’m just excited to see who we’re going to play in the Super Bowl.”