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Two storied franchises square off Sunday

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FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — New England fans are preparing for their fourth AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium in the past six years – the team’s sixth straight appearance – but some are a bit nervous heading into Sunday’s matchup.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a very different team than when the Patriots played them back in Week 7.

Neither team has lost a game since Nov. 20.

“I went to the Houston game last week and I was pumped,” said Mike Finley. “People were pumped. I never sat down once.”

Between both franchises, they have a total of 29 AFC championship game appearances, 16 conference titles, and 10 Super Bowl wins.

“Every game seems to be nerve-wracking lately,” said Denise Lewandowski. “You think you’re going to blow them out and you really don’t.”

Other fans are a bit more confident.

“I think they’re geared up,” said Joan Cocuzzo.

As of 3 p.m, a light rain was falling at Gillette:

 Remember – the game’s on 12! Coverage begins with our preview show at 5:30 p.m. on WPRI 12 before kickoff at 6:40, and stay tuned after the game for highlights, reaction, and analysis in our Post-Game Wrap.

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