Ravens winner

Laura Finney, of Fallston, is going to Foxboro Sunday courtesy of the golden logo she found in Harford County. (Photo courtesy of Laura Finney / January 16, 2013)

Laura Finney won her two tickets by finding the Ravens Golden Logo.

Nicole Crone is going with a group of girlfriends, while Jaime Hoback will be on the road again after a trip to Denver last weekend.

And the Schwartzes are making it a family affair.

They'll all be in New England Sunday evening, watching the Ravens play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, a rematch of last year's title game they're all hoping will have a different outcome this year.


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It's Ravens talk all the time around Harford County, and everywhere else around Maryland for that matter, as Sunday nears, and especially so among the many who will be making the trip north.

Finney found out Wednesday night she gets to go.

"I'm so excited. Last night, I'd just get up and do a little dance every once in a while," the Fallston resident said.

In the Ravens Golden Logo Contest, the Ravens painted two logos – one in Harford and one in Carroll – and posted a picture with just a hint of their locations. Fans had to figure out where the picture was, take their picture with it then post it to the Ravens page by 5 p.m. Wednesday. From the submissions, the Ravens picked one person from Carroll and one from Harford. That was Finney.

The logo was painted at Ripken Stadium. In the photo the Ravens posted, she could see just a little bit of the gates in the background.

She got an email from the Ravens with a subject line "Congratulations from the Ravens," which she thought was just one saying "thanks for your entry, but you didn't win." When she saw it had a phone number, she could hardly contain her excitement.

She wins two tickets to the game, two flights to Boston and tickets to the Ravens tailgate. They're flying up Sunday morning and coming home Sunday night.

A long day, but "it's totally worth it. It will be cold and long, but it will be totally worth it."

"This is a very big game, a championship game, a rematch form last year that they should have won in final seconds," Finney said. "I'm really excited to go up and cheer on the Ravens and get a better outcome than last year."

Girls trip

Nicole Crone, of Whiteford, is going on a girls trip to Sunday's game.

The Ravens season ticket holder has never been to an away game. Before it was even decided if the Ravens would make it to Foxboro, Mass., Crone decided she would go if they did.

"It's close enough. I bought two tickets and I didn't know who would go with me. A friend said she'd go, then two other girlfriends bought tickets, too," she said.

Crone and her friends are taking the bus as part of the trip organized by WNST, AM 1570.

"I want to cheer on my team," she said. She's going in person, rather than watching at home, "because it's just exciting. I've been at every home game, I've never been to an away game. It will be something that will make a lot of memories that will turn into treasures."

The retirement of Ray Lewis at the end of the season is another reason for Crone to go.