Reporting Jessica Kartalija
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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The Ravens head to New England as a playoff-tested team. Four straight years in the post season has led to the rapid growth of some young Ravens, and they’ve received the benefit of extra guidance from their veteran teammates.
Lardarius Webb’s seven interceptions this season led the team. Second is Ed Reed, who has four. Both will be looking to stop New England’s prolific passing game on Sunday.
Meanwhile, fans and businesses are gearing up, too.
Jessica Kartalija has more on the economic impact of the Ravens playoff run.
Days before the Ravens take the field at Foxboro, Bill Bateman’s in Towson prepares for an away game rush.
“We have 15 TVs in the bar area. All TVs are going to be on the Ravens game,” said a Bill Bateman’s employee.
They’re stocking up and bringing in extra help for game day.
“We treat it like a Super Bowl,” said Cherie Pittman, Bill Bateman’s manager. “We have a system that we normally do. It’s been working for years. So we’re just going to keep with it.”
Talk about being busy. Bill Bateman’s in Towson says they expect to sell 15,000 wings.
“So, we’re going to need about 15 gallons of blue cheese, 40 pounds of celery,” Pittman said.
At Driving Impressions in White Marsh Mall, they have everything Ravens from head to toe.
“As they come in I guess they’re kinda wishing they could have it all. I like seeing the expressions on people’s faces,” said a Driving Impressions employee.
They’re packed with playoff gear—and Tom Brady bashing t-shirts.
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