In order to qualify for the NFL’s championship game, the Baltimore Ravens had to pull off a miracle in mile-high Denver, and then overcome a halftime deficit in chilly Foxborough, Mass.
The road after
An estimated 200,000 fans turned out Tuesday morning to cheer on the newly crowned champions, kicking off the celebration with retiring legend Ray Lewis:
Next, the purple-clad faithful lined the streets as Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and his mates jumped into camouflaged military vehicles to roll slowly towards their home stadium under a near-constant cascade of confetti.
Those that were able grabbed a seat in the stadium before it filled up, surprising organizers by reaching capacity around 12:30 p.m.
There were even some celebratory tunes amongst the speeches, as safety Ed Reed treated the 71,000 fans in attendance to a cover of everyone’s favorite Eddie Money song:
In the end, the Ravens proved that while life on the road can be rewarding, there’s no party quite like the one you throw yourself -- at home.