4:22 p.m.: That does it for us here at the Cask ‘N Flagon. We leave behind some happy fans — even the Browns guy seemed to be in good spirits.
Welcome back, Tom Brady. You/ve been missed.
4:10 p.m.: Patriots win! Final score 33-13. All is well here in rainy New England.
4:01 p.m.: That does it for Tom Brady, who takes a seat with his team up 33-13. He finishes the game 28-of-40 passing for 406 yards with three touchdowns. Looks like those games of catch with Gisele during his suspension served their purpose.
3:56 p.m.: Red Sox fans at the bar are in good spirits, despite having to wait another day to watch their team play. Hey, at least this is the sight right outside the window.
3:40 p.m.: Applause from fans at the bar as Chris Hogan returns to the field for the Patriots. He was questionable to return after suffering a head injury.
3:28 p.m.: Touchdown Browns. Charlie Whitehurst finds Connor Hamlet for the score, making it 30-13. The failed two-point conversion gets a few cheers from the crowd.
3:13 p.m.: Tom Brady’s return is going smoothly for the Patriots, who hold a comfortable 23-point lead late in the third quarter. High-fives for days here at Cask ‘N Flagon.
2:57 p.m.: Martellus Bennett scores his third TD of the game, and the Patriots now are up 30-7. A lone Cleveland fan in the bar does not seem surprised and accepts what is happening with grace and dignity.
2:31 p.m.: It’s halftime! The Patriots lead 23-7, and Tom Brady is 18-of-25 passing for 271 yards and two TDs. He’s back all right.
2:29 p.m.: A Stephen Gostkowski missed field-goal attempt always is shocking to Patriots fans. A collective sigh is heard from fans at the bar as he fails to convert a 50-yard try.
2:21 p.m.: If necessary, ALDS Game 4 will be played Tuesday at a time to be determined. Tuesday originally was supposed to be a travel day for the Red Sox and Indians. All right, now back to football.
1:58 p.m.: Welp, at least we have the Pats. Today’s ALDS Game 3 between the Red Sox and Indians at Fenway Park is postponed because of the weather. It will take place tomorrow night.
1:51 p.m.: Patriots touchdown! It’s Tom Brady to Martellus Bennett again, as the Pats go up 23-7. Meanwhile, things are getting worse for Cleveland.
1:45 p.m.: Will someone help this man? He didn’t get the outfit memo.
1:33 p.m.: Yep, Tom Brady is back. He finds Martellus Bennett, who cruises into the end zone for a TD. Patriots up 14-7.
Also, this is very true.
1:24 p.m.: The Browns respond with a touchdown of their own. Crickets from the Cask ‘N Flagon crowd.
1:13 p.m.: Patriots touchdown! LeGarrette Blount finds the end zone as New England makes it look easy with the first score of the game. This pleases the fans here at the Cask ‘N Flagon.
1:01 p.m.: Bad weather? What bad weather?
12:45 p.m.: We are 15 minutes away from the start of the Patriots’ game. Of course, the rain in Boston hasn’t stopped fans from coming out, umbrellas and all.
If you’re on your way out the door and want to fit in with the crowd here at the Cask ‘N Flagon, it’s safe to say the most popular outfit is a Tom Brady jersey. The Red Sox hat/Patriots shirt combo also is a safe bet.
Pregame: Sunday is a big one for Boston fans, so what better place to see their reactions to Tom Brady’s return to the New England Patriots and the Red Sox’s win-or-go-home playoff game than the Cask ‘N Flagon?
Right behind Fenway Park’s Green Monster, on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, the Cask is the city’s most iconic sports bar and pregame meeting place. NESN.com’s Rachel Holt will be there during the Patriots’ 1 p.m. ET game against the Cleveland Browns as fans revel in Brady’s first game before the Red Sox try to stave off elimination in Game 3 of their American League Division Series against the Indians at 4 p.m. ET.
Follow along here, as Rachel soaks up the atmosphere of a big sports day and brings you the latest fan reactions from inside the Cask.
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