John Har­baugh praises Ravens fans for pres­ence in Jack­sonville

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter open­ing the sea­son with a win at home, the Bal­ti­more Ravens won back-to-back games on the road.

But Sun­day’s 19-17 vic­tory over the Jack­sonville Jaguars hardly felt like a road game for head coach John Har­baugh.

“Our fans were great in Jack-

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sonville yes­ter­day. Our fans were amaz­ing,” he said. “We came to the tun­nel and they were all over the tun­nel cheer­ing and go­ing crazy.”

Kicker Justin Tucker made his fourth field goal of the game from 54 yards away with 1:02 re­main­ing to make the trip worth­while for Ravens fans that trav­eled south.

“I have a cou­ple bud­dies that drove down in an RV to Geor­gia, then they turned the RV over to their wives and they got on jet skis and rode jet skis 150-200 miles, some­thing like that, to Jack­sonville,” Har­baugh said. “That’s how crazy our fans are. They’re great. They were also the last RV to leave the park­ing lot last night, they said.

“We had tons of fans there, I don’t know what the num­bers were,” Har­baugh con­tin­ued. “When you came out, our whole side was pretty much Ravens fans. It was in­cred­i­ble to see.”

Har­baugh said he met with fans while the team waited for him to board the bus to the air­port.

Bal­ti­more made trips to Cleve­land and Jack­sonville the past two week­ends, but will now have two straight games at M&T Bank Sta­dium. The Ravens host the Oak­land Raiders Sun­day be­fore Washington vis­its the fol­low­ing week for the Bat­tle of the Belt­way.

Bal­ti­more has sold out 166 straight home games – every one in fran­chise his­tory. The next two should be no dif­fer­ent as the Ravens look to be­gin the sea­son 4-0 for just the sec­ond time in fran­chise his­tory.

“We’re ex­cited to be back home,” Har­baugh said.

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