The Ravens will play for the AFC North title Sunday, but they find themselves in the odd position of wooing their own fans back to M&T Bank Stadium. Home games have been sold out this year, but the stands have not generally been full, and the team is searching for ways to excite its audience.
In his first game at M&T Bank Stadium since missing an extra-point try that sealed a 24-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 21, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted all three of his field-goal attempts and one extra-point try Sunday in a 23-16 loss to the Steelers.
Boyle thought he had his first career touchdown on a 3-yard catch in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory over the Buffalo Bills, but a pass interference penalty by teammate Willie Snead IV wiped it out.
Fans followed along the parade from City Hall to M&T Bank Stadium, coming right up to vehicles. Some danced in front of them. Police allowed fans to approach the vehicles as close as possible — except for the Humvee that carried Ray Lewis, which was mobbed by fans and protected by mounted patrol.
Lions lineman Haloti Ngata might assist his former team in another victory. The former Raven All-Pro defensive tackle has a torn biceps and won’t dress when the Ravens play his Detroit Lions teammates Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.