OCEAN CITY, Md.- Football fans got an early start at their favorite sports bars pre-gaming for the big face-off between long-time rivals the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Many Ravens and Steelers fans flocked to Buffalo Wild Wings in Rehoboth, the Grand Slam at Grotto's Pizza in Lewes, and the original Greene Turtle in Ocean City watching various games until the NFL playoffs started.
Saturday night was going to be a big night for the Ravens since they lost their last game to the Steelers.
"I was worried for a while but I think that now we might have a better chance," said Ravens fan Dara Pappas at the Greene Turtle in Ocean City.
Bill Catlin at Buffalo Wild Wings said it's the Ravens turn to win big this time.
"They beat us pretty good over the last few years so it's always a nice win when we beat the Steelers and I kind of feel like we're due,” said Catlin. “It's our turn so I got a feeling," the diehard Ravens fan said.
Steelers fans at Buffalo Wild Wings said the two rivals facing off during Wild Card Weekend would make this playoff victory even better.
"I think it just adds to the excitement of it,” said Caitlin Hawco of Oakland, NJ. “The fact that it's a rival along with the wildcard part, I think it just makes it more exciting,” she said.
But with the Ravens playing on the Steelers' turf for the Jan. 3 game, fans are worried about the team's chances.
"The only thing that makes me nervous is the fact that we're not playing at home,” said Kyle Collins of Hebron, Md and server at Buffalo Wild Wings.
But the Ravens may be able to capitalize on Le'Veon Bell's knee injury – the star running back for the Steelers.
For the most part, Steelers fans in Worcester and Sussex County feel confident they're going to win. But many Ravens fans have a gut feeling this playoff game is within reach.