- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Ravens immediately felt at home in The Big Easy, compliments of Jacoby Jones' family.
Emily Jones, the mother of the Ravens' Pro Bowl returner who lives in New Orleans, fixed 150 plates at the team hotel Monday night that included Gumbo, rotisserie chicken, seven-cheese baked macaroni, bell-pepper jambalaya, green peas, potato salad and bread pudding.
"A Monday night meal from Jacoby's mom, that was the way to get it started," running back Ray Rice said. "Our families get in Thursday, but it's great to know we already have family here."
Before the Ravens left for the Super Bowl, the team enjoyed a rally in downtown Baltimore that drew thousands of fans. Safety Ed Reed stole the show, leading the crowd in a chant before belting out in song, "We've got two tickets to paradise."
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis told the crowd: "We're not going to New Orleans for nothing else but to bring a ring back to Baltimore."
The Ravens appeared very relaxed in their first day in New Orleans. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has set a midnight curfew for the players and emphasized to them that the team with the fewest distractions will win the game.
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