Adams, who was at the game with her husband, Keith, and her son, Joe Conroy, of Forest Hill, and his friend, Nick Skusis, of Bel Air, said she cried at the end of the game when the Ravens won. That was once she could breathe again.

"At the end, as the clock ran out, the last two minutes we literally held our breath. I cried," she said. "All of those emotions at one time. I didn't get excited until I saw 00 on scoreboard [clock]."

And from her seat at the 20-yard line, Adams had a bird's eye of the final defensive stand.

"We were right where it was happening. That goal line stand at the end was amazing," she said.


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"During the game, especially the second half, I had the usual elevated blood pressure, heart beating rapidly that I had most of the season. I also had the added sensation of feeling like I was going to throw up," she said. "When the 49ers made their comeback, I really had to start taking deep breaths, pull myself away. It was almost too much."

Adams, whose voice was just starting to come back Tuesday, said she was without a lot of words.

"It was a trip of a lifetime, I'm so glad we did it. We would have regretted it if we didn't," she said.

"We'll be talking about it for years and years."

Now that they're back, Adams is planning another Super Bowl party, one with everyone from their trip.

"We'll get a bunch of food, do the whole TV watching thing and relive it," Adams said. "It will be much more relaxed knowing the outcome."

Father-son trip

Nelson, of Forest Hill, went with his father, Cole Nelson, also of Forest Hill.

"It was phenomenal, just a lot of fun. What better place to go to a Super Bowl," he said.

He, too, said it seemed like everyone was pulling for Baltimore.

"New Orleans is a hard-working city, they can relate to Baltimore," Nelson said. "Plus San Francisco knocking out the Saints in the playoffs last year probably didn't help."

The game, he said, was extremely nerve-racking.

"But being a Baltimore fan, you expect that. That's how the whole playoffs have been, except for the New England game," he said. "That's what's so great about football, the score can change at any point."

The difference between being at the game and seeing it on TV, he said, is the energy.

"You feel like you are part of the game. It was priceless," he said. "And them winning in that fashion, being there to witness the confetti and to be able to celebrate that way is just really special."

Along for the ride

The game was difficult to watch for Hoback, a third-grade teacher at Meadowvale Elementary School in Havre de Grace.

"During the game and of course after, I was drained, mentally, physically, emotionally," said Hoback, who went with a group of 140 Ravens fans. "As we walked out of the stadium, people said to us 'You just won the Super Bowl, you guys are awfully quiet.'"

Hoback has been with the Ravens for their entire playoff run, from the home game against Indianapolis, to Denver, to New England and, finally, to New Orleans.

"It was once in a lifetime. I finished the ride with them and got to see Ray go out on top," the season ticket holder said.

"I was very lucky to have the opportunity to go and to represent Ravens Nation," Hoback said. "It was great to see it in person. It's one thing to watch it on TV, but to see it and get the environment and take it all in, they're memories I'll never forget."