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The Ravens keep winning while looking bad, just like the city they come from.

Just before one o'clock on Sunday afternoon, M&T Bank Stadium throbbed. In a picture-perfect scene for the national-TV audience, 71,000 fans seemed to generate so much noise that their faces threatened to turn purple, like their shirts and hats. Soon, Ray Lewis would emerge from the locker-room tunnel, do one last home-field rendition of his "Squirrel" dance, and the Ravens would take the field to play the Indianapolis Colts in the second AFC wild-card game.

But if you wanted to get to the heart and soul of Ravens country, to understand the team's fans and the city they come from, you needed to be around earlier-and not in this fastidious stadium, not...