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Baltimore Is Bleeding Purple Ahead Of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In just hours the Baltimore Ravens will take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, and Ravens fans are ready to cheer them to a win.

Rochelle Ritchie has more on fans making their way to the game.

Ravens fans are beyond excited for Sunday, and they’ve got the purple fever to prove it, especially the most talked about Ravens fan this week.

It’s a condition called purple fever. And Ravens fan Keith Letourneau caught it bad last week during the duel in Denver between the Ravens and Broncos.

“When the Ravens scored and tied it up the first time–with Ray Rice scoring to tie it up–I lost my mind,” said Letourneau.

Letourneau’s meltdown was caught on camera by his wife, who then posted it on YouTube. It’s growing in popularity–with more than 100,000 hits.

“I just started going into this high pitched noise that I don’t think any of us have ever heard,” he said.

Video: See Keith Letourneau’s Reaction

But Letourneau isn’t the only one feeling the fever. All week Ravens fans have been sharing their purple pride with WJZ.

“We’re rooting them on. We are going to take them. We’re going to the Super Bowl,” said Sue Reiter.

And with just one more day until the big game, some are packed up and hitting the road to watch the Ravens smash the Patriots.

“We’re going to burn the road all the way up 95 and we’re coming!” a fan said.

For those who will watch the game in Charm City, they’re making sure they help paint the town purple with anything Ravens. Stores like Party City can’t keep enough of the color purple in stock.

“We’ve been selling through a whole lot actually and we plan on re-upping as soon as we win this next game,” said manager Derek McGowan.

And while some are hoping the Ravens will leave Tom Brady and his Patriots hanging, others are predicting a Ravens victory.

“It’s time to get serious. We let them do it last year. They’re not doing it again!” a fan said.

Keith Letourneau says he has no plans to lose it again, but with a game like this it may be inevitable.

“If it’s close, I’m sure it’s going to be a repeat performance again,” said Letourneau.

The energy in Baltimore is electric, with fans ready to watch another win and see Ray Lewis in another Super Bowl.

You can watch the AFC Championship game right here on WJZ. Special coverage begins at 5:30 p.m.

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