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10/25/2004 2:31 AM ET
Win caps big day in Beantown
Sox grab 2-0 Series lead hours after Pats extend streak
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Following the Patriots' victory over the Jets, the Red Sox celebrated a big win of their own on Sunday. (Winslow Townson/AP)

BOSTON -- It remains to be seen if the Boston Red Sox can win two more games and clinch their first World Series title since 1918. But Sunday was the kind of day that makes a person wonder how it can get much better to be a sports fan in Beantown.

In nearby Foxboro, the New England Patriots extended their NFL record with their 21st consecutive victory, dating back to last season. They did it in a dramatic way, stopping a drive by the New York Jets in a battle of AFC East unbeatens for a 13-7 victory that made the Pats 6-0 for the first time in franchise history.

That, of course, was just the start. Game 2 of the World Series began shortly thereafter at Fenway Park, and Boston fans saw the magic continue as Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat St. Louis, 6-2, to take a 2-0 lead in a series that moves to the Midwest on Tuesday.

Dave and Glen Fischer are two Red Sox fans who were sitting in grandstand Section 5 at Fenway, and they summarized a city's collective giddiness.

"What a great day in New England," Dave said. "I watched the Patriots game and came over here. I watched Game 1 last night here, too. Awesome game, awesome weekend."


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When asked if he believes the Sox have this series wrapped up, Dave said, "No, no, no. I don't think we've got it yet. We've got two games to win. In the last series we saw what happened. We came back from three down, so you've got to keep playing until the final hour."

"Better being two up than two down," Glen added.

The Patriots won the last Super Bowl and already have given Boston fans plenty of celebrations. But in grandstand Section 4, Jack and Joy Carey said people there are hoping for the ultimate double celebration.

"What's going to be great is that we'll win the World Series, and then the Pats win the Super Bowl," Jack said. "Then we're set, we're done, we've got it."

"They're going to win," Joy said of the Red Sox. "This is definitely the year. It's the pitching. Our pitching is great this year, absolutely."

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. John Schlegel, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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