Cheering and screaming could be heard in the parking lot of the Bair's Den Restaurant and Lounge Sunday night as the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots 28-13 to advance to the Super Bowl.
Members of Ravens Roost No. 32, as well as some non-members, filled the bar beside Hanover Bowling Centre for the AFC championship game, wearing purple jerseys, hats and scarves to show their team pride. All seven of the bar's television sets were showing the game, making sure no one missed a single play.
For Hanover resident Chris Conley, the game was eerily similar to the 2011 championship game, also against the Patriots. The Ravens lost that game 23-20 after a dropped pass and a missed-field goal.
But the fans had high hopes for the rematch.
"It's been a long time coming," Conley said, of the team's win on Sunday.
On the other side of town, Angie Staub of Hanover was hosting her annual championship viewing party to raise money for Relay for Life and Heartwalk. The total funds raised from the event were not available as of press time Sunday, but Staub said she estimated about $2,000.
By half-time, many of the Ravens fans had left to enjoy the game at home. Although Staub is a Ravens fan, the viewing party is more about socializing, she said.
But at the Bair's Den, the screaming and shouting was just beginning. After every Ravens touchdown, Mary Bair, owner of the restaurant and bar, went around the bar to high-five her fellow fans. Bair, a season-ticket holder, hopes to get Super Bowl tickets, she said.
As fans began to share high-fives for touchdowns in the second-half, Tom Kiniry, of Fairfield, stood on his chair and cheered for his team.
"This is why you come to the bar," Kiniry said, adding the game just isn't the same in the living room.
Kiniry and his wife, Carol have been Ravens fans since the team's inception, they said. The couple joined the Roost last summer, after hearing about the group from friends.
"It's nice to be around people who enjoy the same team," Kiniry said.
The team has played some nail-biting games this season, Kiniry said, joking that last week's game against the Denver Broncos aged him several years. But Kiniry wasn't too nervous about Sunday's game since the Ravens beat the Patriots earlier in the season.
And as the Ravens scored their last touchdown of the night, Kiniry looked at his wife and smiled.
"I think we're going to the Super Bowl," he said.