But everyone seemed into the party.

"I'm a fan of the atmosphere," said Stacey Tate, 34.

A TV was on behind the bar, and the tiny, dimly lit space had Ravens posters plastered on the walls and purple and white balloons bobbing from the ceiling.

Mike Crowder, 46, a car salesman at Frankl Acura, said he's never forgiven the Colts for leaving town and wore a red polo shirt showing his allegiance to the 49ers.

"All my friends are for the Ravens, but I don't care," he said. "My whole job's against me, but I'm going to be the one who's smiling Monday."

Another woman, a Giants fan who wouldn't give her name, bantered with Tate, talking smack about the Ravens and forecasting a loss. But Tate believed.

"The city needs the win," Tate said.

As game time neared, a group of college-age girls stood upset outside of a Fells Point bar. Nearby establishments had posted "Sold Out" and "Capacity" signs, and the young group had experienced the same welcome in Federal Hill. The game was minutes away and they had nowhere to go.

Those smart enough to have showed up early to a sports bar started planning a victory party even before the game began.

"After we win, we're going to paint the town purple," said Danyelle Dorsey, decked out in purple cat-eye sunglasses with blinking white lights, high-fiving her friend Tyresha Thomas.

Few cars or people could be seen on the streets during the Super Bowl. Baltimore police had deployed scores of officers to the entertainment districts of the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Canton and Fells Point, which all had surrounding streets closed to traffic by halftime. But with everyone's attention on the football game, officers were seen twirling their nightsticks and talking in groups. Police agencies reported few problems during the game.

"I think it's great how the whole town rallies around the Ravens," said Chris Murray, in between accepting hugs from his friends at Banditos Tacos & Tequila bar in Federal Hill. "We don't need a reason to party in Baltimore but the Ravens make it all the better."

With every play that favored the Ravens, Larry Derr jumped up and down with such enthusiasm the floor at Banditos shook.

"I feel beyond … oh my God," Derr said. "When they win, I win."

Fans in Harford County, too, struggled for words.

"Phenomenal," said Carl Johnson of Fawn Grove, Pa., a Dark Horse Saloon patron. "Looks like they're going to do it!"

Ravens fans in the Rec Room and Souris' Saloon couldn't take their eyes off of the television.

"A lot of people were doubting us, but we're doing well so far," Baltimore City resident Orlando Walker, 29, said from the Rec Room as the game went to halftime. "I just feel like we're on a high right now — and there's no stopping us."

The power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome might have brought the football game to a halt, but celebrations continued in Fells Point as steady snow fell outside. But in a span of a few minutes, the game tightened as the 49ers roared back and the bars quieted in anxiety.

"Terrified. Extreme panic," said Emily Kegerise, watching at Bertha's. "We were up so many points."

But as the game swung back to the Ravens, crowds at the Charles Village Pub in Baltimore cheered and chanted, "Let's go, Ravens," then poured into the street, some in T-shirts and shorts. They could be heard as far away as Oakenshawe, where neighbors banged pots and pans. Fireworks were visible from the Greenmount Avenue area.

Baltimore police said the city's celebrations were concentrated in Fells Point and Federal Hill where thousands of fans flooded the streets. Crowds took down a light pole in Fells Point and damaged four news vans belonging to WBAL TV, WBAL Radio and FOX 45, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Crowds began to dissipate at about midnight, and police officials were mostly pleased with the generally peaceful celebrations. During the game, a woman was shot at a house party in the 2800 block of Woodbrook Avenue. Police said they have a person of interest in custody in that shooting, which appears to be from accidental discharge.

After the game, while some fans partied, others headed out to stock up on Ravens championship gear. Around midnight at Dick's Sporting Goods in Columbia Crossing shopping center, fans raided the shelves to get their hands on Super Bowl Champions gear.

"I told myself I wasn't going to waste any time," said Elkridge resident Cheryl Guyton. "I got a magnet, a sweat shirt, T-shirts, cups, and I might not be done yet."

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporters Alison Matas, Ian Duncan, Carrie Wells, Jamie Smith Hopkins, David Anderson, Jon Meoli, Larry Perl, Luke Lavoie and Julie Baughman contributed to this report