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Ravens fans in Ellicott City celebrate Super Bowl win

As the seconds ticked off the clock in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII, the tension at La Palapa Cantina and Grill in Ellicott City was palpable.

When the clock finally struck zero, the nearly 100 fans erupted in jubilation.

"It's incredible. I thought my heart was going to explode," said Tyler Breen, of Ellicott City.

"It's absolutely awesome," said Blaise Edward of Catonsville. "I've never seen a celebration like this. It's amazing."

Even as the 49ers surged back in the third quarter, Breen and other Ravens fans remained undaunted.

"I was scared in the third quarter, but I knew we had this one," said Breen. "It was our destiny."

Leyvis Vera, of Columbia, said he was at La Palapa in 2001 when the Ravens won their first Super Bowl.

"It's unbelievable, I can't even describe it," said Vera. "It's like a homecoming."

Vera said he too was nervous in the third quarter, but he never lost faith.

"I was so nervous, but I never lost hope because that's what we do in Ravens nation. We never lose hope," said Vera.

Around midnight at Dick's Sporting Goods located inside 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."

Guyton said she got a little nervous watching the game, but the end result produced elation.

"I was getting nervous for awhile, I was shaking and trembling," she said. "It was the most amazing thing for Ray to go out that way."

Brendan Marr of Columbia was shopping at Dick's with his seven-year-old son Andrew.

"I was shopping here yesterday and saw the signs," Marr said with two Super Bowl champion T-shirts draped over his shoulder. "They won, so we came."

Marr, who attended the Ravens first Super Bowl victory in Tampa Bay in 2000, said watching this year's victory alongside his son in his living room was a special moment.

"It is as good of a feeling watching it with the little guy than it was to see it in person in Tampa," Marr said.

While many experts predicted a close game, local Ravens fans were feeling confident in the days and hours leading up to kickoff.

Scott Habicht, who watched the game at Jilly's in Ellicott City along with his fellow members of Ravens Roost No. 4, said before the game he was very confident the team would win.

"I felt we had the momentum, and we carried it in," said Habicht, of Elkridge, in the second quarter.

Before the game, Mitch Hooper, of Columbia, said he felt that the Ravens would pull out the victory.

"They are focused," said Hooper. "They want to go out and win this game, and it's going to happen."

At halftime, Cary Dean, who watched the game at La Palapa, said he was confident the team would pull it out.

""This is amazing," Dean said after the game. "I knew the whole time."

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