Seen and Heard from M&T Bank Stadium

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BALTIMORE| The howling wind tossing Sir Scribble’s wheels around Interstate 95 combined with the walk from Lot F — F is for ‘Faraway’ — to the stadium entrance confirmed it. Those who challenged the elements Sunday night for the Beltway Brouhaha deserve kudos. The best place to watch pro football on a Chamber of Commerce Day is on television and it’s absolutely the case in conditions like last night.

The wind and chill reminded Scrib of last year’s Giants-Packers NFC title game in Green Bay. The wind chill was something like minus 20 that night; it probably wasn’t as bad for Redskins-Ravens but the folks were bundled up. …

* The players avoided the playing field until they absolutely had to come out. There wasn’t any of the pre-warmup socializing at midfield, no Chris Cooley-Invented Games that include Colt Brennan and Todd Yoder. At 6:56 p.m., there was one player — a Ravens big guy — on the field. …

* Just before 7, a roar came from the concourse when Pittsburgh was stuffed near the Dallas goal-line. The Steelers and Ravens are battling for the AFC North title. Boos replaced those cheers when DeShea Townsend won the game for Pittsburgh by returning an interception for a touchdown. …

* Like most teams, the Ravens did this stadium right. Not too big, as if to eliminate the home field advantage. Press box at midfield (Scrib’s seat was at about the 20-yard line). And decent food — albeit for a 3-year old — chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, brownies. As columnist Dan Daly remarked, “I’m surprised they didn’t give us our soda in Sippy cups.” …

* Since the trips to Baltimore are rare, the Ravens merit a fan jersey rundown: Ray Lewis, Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Willis McGahee, Bart Scott, Todd Heap, Joe Flacco, Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason and former Ravens Tony Siragusa and Jonathan Ogden.

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