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Fans mob Baltimore streets to celebrate Ravens win


Fans mob Baltimore streets to celebrate Ravens win

BALTIMORE (AP) Hundreds of giddy Ravens fans poured into the streets Sunday night, whooping, hollering and high-fiving complete strangers as they celebrated the team's 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

On the far opposite coast, however, a spirit of hope and anticipation rapidly faded into sullen disappointment as dejected 49ers fans tried to absorb their team's loss.

In the East, Patrons who packed into Mother's Federal Hill Grille in Baltimore to watch the Ravens' second Super Bowl appearance since the team arrived in the city in 1996 jumped up onto the bar and began belting out a rendition of the Queen song ``We are the champions.''

Bartenders sprayed purple party string into the air.

``I love this team. I love this city!'' screamed Andrew Bieler, 21, shortly after the game ended.

Ashlee Tuck, 28, shouted ``Yes!'' and alternated between kissing her boyfriend and dancing as fans streamed out of the bar.

Michael Falls, 25, said he plans to take Monday off from his accounting job and his boss was going to do the same.

``I'm going to live up the night,'' he said.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined in the fun, dancing and singing alongside the fans.

``The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII,'' Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.

In a live interview from New Orleans on WBAL-TV, Rawlings-Blake said the city will hold a parade in the team's honor on Tuesday that will start at City Hall and end at the Ravens' stadium. She urged fans to celebrate peacefully, while local television footage showed police mounted on horseback circling the crowds to maintain order.

Fans came decked out in purple for the game, many arriving at bars hours early. Women arrived with their nails painted purple. Men wore purple Mardi Gras beads. There were purple-feathered boas; purple, black and white camouflage pants; and a sea of purple and black jerseys.

It seemed no jersey was more popular than that of retiring middle linebacker Ray Lewis, No. 52. And whether they were wearing his number or not, fans said they wanted to win for Lewis, the only current player who started with the team when it came to Baltimore in 1996.

``We have to do it for Ray. It's not all about Ray. It's 90 percent for Ray, 10 percent for the city of Baltimore,'' said Darren Love, 40, an off-duty police officer clad in zip-up pajamas with the Ravens' logo in addition to a purple wig.

Fans at Pickles Pub, mere blocks from the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium, cheered when Lewis was shown on television at the start of the game. And the cheers continued when the team scored the first touchdown. The Ravens never trailed.

Chrissy Ramirez, 22, a first-grade teacher, was one of the fans who emptied out onto South Charles Street in the Federal Hill neighborhood after the win. Ramirez, who was wearing the No. 5 jersey of Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco, Ravens earrings, and a hat shaped like a Raven head, said she was overwhelmed by the victory. She said she planned to ``be ecstatic the rest of the week.''

Ecstatic was the opposite of how fans felt in San Francisco's Mission Hill district, where fans stumbled dejectedly into the streets after their team's loss.

``Damn, that's all I have to say,'' said Niners fan David Mejia, 32.

As the game drew to an end, dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies - in patrol cars and on foot, motorcycle, and horseback - fanned out on both sides of the country to watch for signs of trouble, but neither city reported any serious problems.

``Most of the crowds are dissipating,'' Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (pronounced Goo-YELL-me) said shortly after midnight. Guglielmi said the crowds grew to several thousand before people slowly started to peel off and head home.

The streets in the Golden Gate city also were relatively calm Sunday night, unlike after the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory in late October, when a city bus was set ablaze, cars were overturned and bonfires erupted in trash containers and on the streets. About three dozen people were arrested following that victory.

``Citywide, everything seemed to be pretty good'' Sunday night, Officer Carlos Manfredi said. ``We did have a couple of flare-ups in the Mission District, but otherwise everyone seemed to be behaving themselves.''


Associated Press writer John S. Marshall in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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Joe Flacco's arm didn't hurt, but his two interceptions certainly did

Joe Flacco's arm didn't hurt, but his two interceptions certainly did

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – Joe Flacco insisted his injured throwing shoulder wasn’t an issue during Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Jets. However,

Flacco’s inconsistent play is an issue, not just in this game, but all season. He threw two interceptions in the third quarter, leading to 10 points for the Jets. For the season, Flacco has just five touchdown passes to go with six interceptions.

Whether Flacco’s arm issues are behind him or not, he needs to raise his level of play for the Ravens (3-4) to end their four-game skid after their bye in Week 8.


Asked about his second interception, which sailed badly over Breshad Perriman’s head, Flacco said, “It wasn’t great on anybody’s part and I have to be better.”

Flacco (25 for 44, 248 yards) didn’t use his shoulder injury, which kept him out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, as an excuse.

“I felt good, my arm felt great,” Flacco said “I was a little bit nervous early on in the week, just because I wasn’t sure what it was. I was having a little bit of trouble with it…The last couple of days have been great.”

However, the last four games have not been great for the Ravens – all losses. Flacco has been far from great, and other offensive issues have not helped. His protection could definitely be better. The Ravens’ running attack (six yards) was basically a rumor against the Jets.

While Flacco said his arm felt fine after the game, what triggered his arm soreness remained a mystery.

“I feel like I’ve probably dealt with a little bit of this, like nine years ago back in college,” Flacco said. “I never got it actually looked at back then. It was just a little bit of a sore arm and stuff like that, basically what this is now.

“The other weird thing was last week, I really had no idea when I did it. If I had to look at a play, it was probably the play I hit to Mike (Wallace) on the deep ball on the sideline. I just got hit from my left side and I landed on my arm with it extended out…My shoulder just took a little bit of a concussion from the ground and I think it will get better pretty soon here.”

But will the Ravens get better? Not likely, unless Flacco plays better.


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Ruth's Chris 5 Sizzling Stats: What decided Ravens-Jets

Ruth's Chris 5 Sizzling Stats: What decided Ravens-Jets

The Ravens dropped Sunday's game to the lowly Jets, which meant something unprecedented under John Harbaugh. Here are 5 Sizzling Stats.

6 -- Rushing yards by the Ravens on 12 team carries against New York. Those six yards are an all-time franchise low. Terrance West led the team with 8 yards on 10 carries. Two other rushers had zero yards. Joe Flacco rushed twice for -4 yards.

7.6 -- Yards per carry by Miami’s Jay Ajayi on Sunday against Buffalo. So Ajayi averaged more per rush when he finished with 214 yards on 28 carries than Baltimore totaled against the Jets on Sunday.


3 -- Number of multiple-interception games Joe Flacco has through seven regular-season games this year. For comparison, he had zero multiple-interception games in 20 games (regular and postseason) in 2012 when he led Baltimore to a Super Bowl.

100 -- Rushing yards by the Jets’ Matt Forte. It is only the second time that the Baltimore defense has allowed more than 58 yards to a single rusher in a single game. That’s a surprise, being that the Ravens came into the game ranked No. 1 in the league in rushing defense.

4 -- Consecutive losses for the Ravens. It is the first time under head coach John Harbaugh that the team has dropped four straight.