LIANE HANSEN, host:
The New England Patriots made history last night. They became the first team to go undefeated in the regular season since the Miami Dolphins in 1972. The Pats beat the New York Giants, 38-35, to win their 16th straight game. But it wasn't without a fight.
Bianca Vazquez Toness from member station WBUR watched the nail biter with fans in Boston.
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BIANCA VAZQUEZ TONESS: At the Sports Depot in Boston, crowds started rowdy, confident the Patriots would win their 16th straight game this season. But that mood ended quickly with New York, the home team, taking a lead early on. And by the third quarter with the Patriots down by 12, things were downright quiet.
Then with a single play, it all changed for the fans like Joe Maze(ph), an accountant from the Boston suburb of Peabody(ph).
Mr. JOE MAZE (Football Fan): Randy Moss, the incredible Randy Moss just had a touchdown pass. Roll on, man, Tom Brady, the first one didn't make it, but the second one. Woohoo(ph) and the fireworks exploded.
TONESS: Maze said he'd never been worried.
Mr. MAZE: The Patriots never played that well at night. They'll admit it. They're not a night team, but they wake up in the second half.
TONESS: And wake up they did. The Pats won the game. It became the first NFL team to go undefeated in 35 years.
Mr. MAZE: (Singing) Can't touch this, can't touch this, can't touch this.
TONESS: Men danced and sang. Women gave high-fives. And when it was over, some fans fessed up, they actually admitted they were worried.
Mr. BOB FITZPATRICK(ph) (Football Fan): That was a nail biter.
TONESS: Bob Fitzpatrick of Boston was here with three friends.
Mr. FITZPATRICK: A little more exciting than we necessarily liked. It was a lot of fun.
TONESS: Yeah, were you nervous?
Mr. FITZPATRICK: A little bit.
Unidentified Man: No.
TONESS: Katie Mae Hong(ph) who works for the Boston Celtics thought it made for better football.
Ms. KATIE MAE HONG (Boston Celtics): It was lots of great plays from both teams and lots of unexpected things that we really haven't seen from the Patriots throughout the season.
TONESS: And Jace Holman(ph) of Boston said this game was about more than football.
Mr. JACE HOLMAN (Football Fan): We (unintelligible) and our guys executed it. That's what it is about. About Boston getting (unintelligible) back in New England.
TONESS: And so soon after the Red Sox won the World Series, it just confirms, he said, that Boston is a great sports town.
For NPR News, this is Bianca Vasquez Toness from Boston.
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