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Ravens' Super Bowl kickoff return TD leads to Md. store giving away $600K in free furniture

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The Ravens weren't the only winners on Super Bowl Sunday. Customers of a Baltimore-based furniture chain also scored a touchdown with more than half a million dollars in free furniture - thanks to veteran Ravens receiver and speedster Jacoby Jones.

"It's a pretty good deal," says Gardiner's Furniture employee Antonia Banks after changing the sign in front of the store on Baltimore National Pike. "Who doesn't love free furniture?"

The promotion was good for everybody who shopped at any of Gardiner's five stores from Thursday, January 31 through 3 p.m. Sunday, and only if the Ravens returned either the game-opening or second half kickoff for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, which they did.

"Congratulations!" were in store for David Saul of Baltimore. He's getting a bunch of free furniture thanks to Jones' speedy foot work to start the second half.

"(When) he got through that one tackle, I got off the sofa and started jumping up and down. and my brother-in-law was looking at me like 'Really? You're that excited?'" says Saul. "And I said, 'Yeah, because I just saved 2,000 bucks.'"

"My phone was going absolutely bananas," says Baltimore store manager Lorene Crooks of her busy morning.

"Oh my gosh, so many people just got free furniture," says salesperson Cathy Shetz. "It was great."

$600,000 worth of greatness.

"This is the greatest day for Ravens," says store owner Greg Mullaney. "It's the greatest day for Baltimore. And it's absolutely the greatest day for Gardiner's customers. I couldn't be happier."

Mullaney says he can smile and celebrate because he bought insurance from Lloyds of London.

"I am still almost speechless with excitement," he says.

This is actually the third year Gardiner's has offered the Super Bowl promotion. The first two offers were just for the opening kickoff. But with the Ravens playing Sunday, it was for whenever they got the ball: at the start of the game or to begin the second half.

Mullaney says he had 30 people in his home watching the game.

"Everybody went nuts that Jacoby Jones made this incredible run back," Mullaney tells us. "And then there was a hush. And then about 10 seconds later, they went 'Oh boy, we know somebody who's up the creek.' And then they started pointing at me and laughing and I'm like 'OK. It was worth it.' Couldn't be happier."

It sure is a game, a play and a promotion he'll remember.


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