"We know it's the end of his career. I hope to just support our team and support [Lewis] because he's been really influential in the community," she said.

Like other fans traveling to see the game, Crone is predicting a win.

"I think it's going to be a tough game. We play them hard, but we're going to come home and then go to the Super Bowl," she said.

And for Crone, that might mean a trip to New Orleans.


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"I haven't decided, but I'm hoping to go," she said.

Ravens follower

Havre de Grace resident Jaime Hoback has already been to Denver, he's going to New England this weekend and hopes to be planning a trip to New Orleans Feb. 3 for the Super Bowl.

"I'm doing this to support Ravens Nation," the season ticket holder said. "And for Ray Lewis. I hope I don't see one of his last games until the Super Bowl."

Hoback, who graduated from C. Milton Wright High in 1993, went to the Ravens game by himself, but ran into a high school friend, Greg Stephens, who lives in California, and hung out at a Ravens tailgate.

Going into Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Ravens are 9-1/2 point underdogs just like they were against the Broncos, and everyone knows how that turned out.

Hoback went to the AFC Championship game in New England last year and is going again this year, hoping for redemption.

"I think we'll get a win. I think it's going to be a competitive game. I personally think it's going to be very competitive, but I feel pretty good. After last week's game, I'm pretty confident."

And if the Ravens pull off a win Sunday, Hoback hopes to be flying to New Orleans in a few weeks.

"I'm thinking about it. We'll see," he said. "It depends on if I can work some magic."

All in the family

For the Schwartzes, Baltimore football is in their blood and the Ravens bring the family together most Sundays in the fall.

Siblings Laurie Schwartz Kerr, Karin Schwartz and Rich Schwartz have Ravens season tickets and don't miss a home game. All three graduated from Fallston High, in 1988, 1990 and 1997, respectively.

Their grandfather was a founding member of the Colts Marching Band in 1947 and their father and uncle were in the band.

"It's not the glue that holds us together, certainly not, but it's such a big focus for all of us, it keeps us very connected," Karin Schwartz said.

So you can be sure the Schwartz siblings aren't going to miss a Ravens game and they'll be cheering whether they're at the games or watching from home.