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Patriots fans rush to find AFC Championship t-shirts

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Patriots fans will be stopping by local stores Monday, showing off their team pride. The Patriots were crowned champions of the AFC Sunday night with a commanding 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Some of the AFC Championship t-shirts were printed at Mirror Image in Pawtucket as soon as the fourth quarter ended.

The general manager of Mirror Image said they’re expecting to print around 20,000 shirts. The design was crafted a few weeks ago and received it’s official approval.

Ray Delgado watched the game at the shop Sunday night and said he had a feeling early on they would be firing up the printers and calling in a crew.

Typically he doesn’t get the green light to print until the game ends, but Sunday’s game was a little different.

“We got a call a little earlier. It was only a couple of minutes before the last quarter ended so I guess it was safe enough to say we can print,” Delgado said.

People lined up early at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Warwick to get their hands on the AFC Championship t-shirt.

Meanwhile, printing equipment in Taunton is set up and ready to churn out thousands of other Championship shirts. Production will begin Monday around noon.

Fans can theirs at local Stop and Shop locations beginning Tuesday or online at www.TodaysChamps.com.

This is the Patriots eighth AFC championship win — their sixth under Brady and coach Bill Belichick. They will play the Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona, on February 1st.

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