Friday Field Trips

Natalie, Al hold raucous pep rallies in Super Bowl cities

Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:24 AM ET

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Ready for some football? The Super Bowl cities sure are.

Natalie joined Ravens nation live from Baltimore, while Al drew a crowd deep in San Francisco 49ers territory. Both hosted pep rallies before Sunday's big game. 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore and Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco joined Natalie and Al in their respective cities, announcing a friendly bet that involves a day of service and some cracked crab for the loser.

The anchors were also accompanied by cheerleaders, mascots and some of the best chefs in each city cooking up a delicious tailgate. Some colorful characters also stopped by: 

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A live raven perches on Natalie's hand during the Super Bowl pep rally in Baltimore.
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San Francisco's "Beach Blanket Babylon" is the longest running musical revue in theater history. Al chats with a character who sings the city's theme song while wearing an enormous hat with the San Francisco skyline on it.

Al and Natalie also held a crab-off, as the crustacean is famed from both cities

The visits were the first stop in TODAY's Friday Field Trips, where our anchors visit iconic cities throughout February.

Despite the early hour -– the show started at 4 a.m. in San Francisco -- Al and Natalie encouraged their fans to show off their city pride in person and via social media. 

Who are you cheering for? Vote in the poll below and tweet @TODAYshow your pick: #TODAYinBaltimore or #TODAYinSF. 

See more pictures from the pep rallies below: 

Where will Matt and Savannah go for next week's Friday Field Trip? Be sure to watch Monday's show when the destination will be revealed.

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