By Richard Gorelick
The Baltimore Sun
12:45 PM EST, January 18, 2013
Joe Flacco's Hail Mary pass in Saturday’s division game may have saved the Ravens' season, but it appears to have emptied the tables in Baltimore restaurants.
Baltimore bars did clean-up business on Saturday, but restaurants lost customers, as patrons called in to cancel reservations, according to anecdotal conversations with local restaurant owners.
Blame it on bad timing. The division game began at 4:30 p.m., which was perfect, in theory, for planning a Saturday night restaurant dinner -- if the game had ended in regulation.
But at exactly 8 p.m., with only 31 seconds left in regulation, Flacco's pass to Jacoby Jones tied the game, and the Bronco's chicken-hearted possession sent the game into overtime.
The winning field goal, at the beginning of the second overtime, didn't happen until 8:47 p.m. By that time, many Baltimore diners had taken off their evening clothes and called in for pizza.
Restaurateurs were expecting slow business this coming Sunday evening, as fans gather at home and in bars to watch the AFC conference championship, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The difference, they say, is that Sunday nights are traditionally slow nights for restaurants.
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