The Ravens are headed to New England to battle the Patriots after electrifying Baltimore-area fans with a big win over their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a wild card game Saturday night. Harford County's Ravens lovers seem determined to again follow their team at every step.
Twelve hours after the Ravens finished off the Steelers, 30-17, Poor Boys Sports in Abingdon was filled with Ravens gear Sunday, including several styles of playoffs shirts.
Employees said they were preparing for more shipments of different types of T-shirts, as the NFL playoffs roll onward.
Colin Maskavich, a Poor Boys employee and Ravens fan, said customers never get tired of rooting for the team, which last won the Super Bowl in 2012 and didn't even make it to the playoffs last year.
"I think they are just as excited, if not more excited," Maskavich said about the team being in the playoffs again.
"We have a younger, better team this year and we still have some of the veterans, like [Terrell] Suggs, [Joe] Flacco, [Haloti] Ngata," he pointed out.
Like many people, he was surprised the Ravens beat their rivals, the Steelers, on Pittsburgh's home turf at Heinz Field.
"It was down to the last game," Maskavich said about the Ravens' playoffs run. "People weren't even thinking we were going to make it."
Ashley Van Blargan, a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Festival at Bel Air, said she is considering flying to Massachusetts with her family for the divisional round playoff game against the Patriots on Saturday.
"It's so cheap," she noted about the trip to New England. Van Blargan said she has never traveled to a playoff game, but has long been a Ravens fan.