Dark Horse patrons cheered and hugged each other, and chanted Ravens' fans' signature rendition of "Seven Nation Army" as the Ravens cruised to a 34-31 victory in Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers.
"I've never watched football before. . . . My friend invited me to come and now I'm a football fan!" said Bella Ianniello of Havre de Gracek as the entire place erupted.
Horns were honking on Main Street in Bel Air and fireworks were going off as Ravens fans around Harford County celebrated Baltimore's victory.
Just minutes before, shouts of "let's go Ravens" resounded through Dark Horse Saloon as anxious Ravens fans watched the clock count down the final minutes of the fourth quarter Sunday night.
The Ravens' sizable lead had been cut to two points after the 49ers scored three unanswered touchdowns following a nearly 35-minute game delay after the power went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"The minute the lights went out we lost it," a distraught Dina Lombardi-Cavallaro of Forest Hill said, referring to the Ravens' first-half momentum as she watched the fourth-quarter action unfold.
She cried out, "Really?" as 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran the ball in for the 49ers third TD.
Krissy King of Bel Air paced nervously between two TVs in the bar.
She remembered watching Baltimore Colts games with her late father while growing up, and said she has tried to pass that love of football on to her children.
She and her husband, Dave, had made a model of the Vince Lombardi championship trophy which was displayed on their table at Dark Horse.
King recalled a season filled with injuries and doubt about the Ravens' chances.
"We fought, and it's just about sticking together and following through and being a team, and being with family and friends," she said. "Its just everything I grew up on."
The score was 34-29 at the two-minute warning and the Ravens defense held the 49ers to a field goal inside the last two minutes before running out the clock to win the game, 34-31.
The power outage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome might have brought the football game to a halt, but the celebrations continued at Dark Horse as a steady snow fell outside.
"It happens," Mike Wolcott of Bel Air said. "Unfortunately, it's the Super Bowl. "You deal with it, you move on you wait for the power to come back on."
The power outage found the Ravens up 28-6 in the third quarter, having scored four touchdowns while holding the 49ers to two field goals.
"They look like the Ravens of the first Super Bowl that they were in," Joe Cavallaro of Forest Hill said. "They seem like they're on a mission."
Purple-clad fans at Bel Air nightspots had cheered their hearts out as the Ravens quickly took the lead in the first half of the Super Bowl.