(CENTRALMAINE.COM) — SKOWHEGAN — The Rev. Mark Tanner’s phone blew up Sunday night when the New England Patriots scored a touchdown in overtime in the AFC championship game, en route to their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

He had publicly predicted the victory and the final score of the NFL showdown two days earlier and posted the prediction in a very public place — in front of his church. On Friday, Tanner, pastor at the Skowhegan Federated Church, directed his office secretary to post a message on the big sign outside the church on Island Avenue.

It read: “God doesn’t have a favorite team but the pastor does!!”

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