By Jon Meoli, email@example.com
9:26 PM EST, January 15, 2012
Nestled in a back room of the Charred Rib in Timonium on Sunday afternoon, around 20 purple-clad members of the Lutherville-Timonium Ravens Roost were an extension of the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.
As they sweated of the final moments of the team's 20-13 playoff win over the Houston Texans, the fans cheered on the team's defense and experienced the gamut of emotions that come with a tight, but satisfying, playoff victory.
And after Joe Flacco took a knee to seal the victory, the focus immediately shifted to the next step on the journey to Indianapolis.
In between high-fives and cheers, someone yelled, "Bring on New England!"
Kathy Ware, president of the Lutherville-Timonium Ravens Roost, said that they'll probably be back next Sunday afternoon, when the Ravens travel to face a New England Patriots team that dismantled the Denver Broncos, 45-10, on Saturday night.
"We send an e-vite out every week to see who we can get out here," said Ware, who wore a purple beehive wig, a Ray Lewis jersey and purple camouflage shorts for the occasion. "It should be a big week."
Ware said some of the Roost's 37 members usually go to the home games, so attendance could be better with the team on the road.
Josh Manna of Parkville was one of the more vocal fans during the win over Houston, and was already weighing his options for next Sunday's AFC title game.
The new 82-inch television he ordered for the playoffs hasn't yet arrived, but if it does in time for Sunday afternoon, he anticipates he might christen the new set right away.
If not, he's plenty excited to return to his Roost and cheer on the Ravens among friends at the Charred Rib. To Manna, the AFC Championship Game represents a good test for the Ravens on their path to the Super Bowl.
"The Ravens are going to play excellent football like they always do," he said.
"I'm glad they're going up there and playing the Pats," he said. "If they play as well as we know they can play, they'll have no problem.