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Baltimore Rally Sends Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII

Fans gathered at the Inner Harbor to cheer on the Ravens as they left for New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers meet at the Superdome on Sunday.

The ice and rain Monday morning didn't stop the Baltimore faithful from crowding the Inner Harbor to rally around the Ravens as they departed for New Orleans and Super Bowl XLVII.

Lucky kids who got off school sat on shoulders, 20-somethings belted Ravens chants and several of the football players themselves were seen snapping photos and video of the send-off.

Future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis gave credit to the fans, without whom the franchise would not exist.

"Baltimore, Baltimore—there is no Ravens without you guys," said Lewis, who announced his retirement at the beginning of the postseason. "We did this in 2000, and we're not going to New Orleans for nothing else but to bring back another ring to Baltimore."

Gov. Martin O'Malley joined Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in congratulating the team for their underdog victories over the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. Everyone who spoke said they were perfectly fine heading into the big game as the underdog once again.

About an hour after the team boarded the buses and left downtown Baltimore, running back Ray Rice shared an excited status on his Facebook page:

"Headed out on this plane!!! LEGGGGOOOOO!!!!" —Ray Rice

FIFA January 28, 2013 at 11:42 PM
PS III, if you hit that caps lock key once you will appear to significantly increase your IQ. But panning for gold, how smart can you be?
FIFA January 29, 2013 at 01:04 AM
I sure do hope that Emily has something set up for us to send photos from New Orleans and the Super Bowl back to the Patch. What to you say Emily?
MELVIN VAN ARSDALE III January 29, 2013 at 11:38 AM
FEEBLE ATTEMPT AT HUMOR fifa ...JUST LIKE THE CROWS ATTEMPT AT A SUPER BOWL...I MEAN RAVENS
Honeygo Hal January 29, 2013 at 01:19 PM
The 49ers had a Getaway event, and those that attended were very enthusiastic - Both of them...
mnm January 29, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Melvin is a funny guy! I'm sure that's the first time anyone has ever called The Ravens crows. Very original! GO RAVENS!

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