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Ray Rice's improbable conversion keys Ravens' storybook season

Ray Rice's improbable conversion keys Ravens' storybook season

baltimoresun.com Updated Jan 31, 2013
Successful fourth-and-29 play against San Diego Chargers pivotal in team's march to Super Bowl XLVIIThe story seems too good to be true, even to Ravens running back Ray Rice.
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  • John Harbaugh has Ravens in right mindset heading into Super Bo…

    John Harbaugh has Ravens in right mindset heading into Super Bowl

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Team loose and having fun, yet still focused while preparing for Sunday's game vs. 49ersTeam loose and having fun, yet still focused while preparing for Sunday's game vs. 49ers
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  • Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility

    Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility

    The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers shared the same practice at the same time Thursday at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to move their team’s practice fro
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  • Ozzie Newsome wants Joe Flacco in Baltimore as long as he’s G.M…

    Ozzie Newsome wants Joe Flacco in Baltimore as long as he’s G.M.

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following Super Bowl XLVII but general manager Ozzie Newsome doesn’t see Flacco leaving Baltimore under his watch. According to Bob Glauber of Newsday, Newsome wan
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  • Pending free agent Ed Reed says his preference is to remain wit…

    Pending free agent Ed Reed says his preference is to remain with Ravens

    Veteran free safety's $44.4 million contract is expiringNEW ORLEANS -- Straddling a fine line between lobbying other NFL teams for a job as a pending free agent and not offending the Ravens, veteran free safety Ed Reed said that staying in Baltimore rem…
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  • Bisciotti says winning a second Super Bowl would put Ravens in …

    Bisciotti says winning a second Super Bowl would put Ravens in an upper echelon

    baltimoresun.com ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    In rare interview, owner talks about the meaning of Sunday's game, among other topicsNEW ORLEANS - Twelve years ago, Steve Bisciotti arrived for Super Bowl XXXV as a minority owner of the Ravens, content to remain in the background and have fun with his
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  • Three Niners played for BCS title in Superdome

    Three Niners played for BCS title in Superdome

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) San Francisco defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois made one of his greatest football memories to date in the Superdome, where he won a national championship with LSU against Ohio State in January 2008.
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  • Ravens cheerleader says she was left home from Super Bowl over …

    Ravens cheerleader says she was left home from Super Bowl over 1.6-pound weight gain

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    And you thought Ray Lewis' deer-antler spray controversy would be the biggest distraction for the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl week. That was until Courtney Lenz said on "Good Morning America" that she believes the team won't let her che…
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  • Dilfer picks Ravens to lose in Super Bowl

    Dilfer picks Ravens to lose in Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Twelve years ago, Trent Dilfer quarterbacked the Ravens to their first NFL title. The Ravens are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since, but Dilfer doesn't see his former team picking up its second Lombardi Trophy on Sunday. Dilf…
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  • Ravens' Reed: NFL 'policing the wrong things'

    Ravens' Reed: NFL 'policing the wrong things'

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said Thursday the NFL is fining players for the wrong infractions. Reed, in an interview with Comcast SportsNet-Baltimore, said the NFL is "policing the wrong things, for real."
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  • Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammate

    Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammate

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he’d think of having a gay teammate, some words of wisdom during this Super Bowl week came from Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Asked if he would have a problem w
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  • Beyonce meets lip-sync controversy head on

    Beyonce meets lip-sync controversy head on

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Pop star doesn't shy from questions about her inauguration performance at pre-Super Bowl eventPop icon Beyonce didn't sidestep the lip-sync controversy that erupted after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama'…
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  • Ravens' Flacco shrugs off talk of free agency

    Ravens' Flacco shrugs off talk of free agency

    ESPN.com baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Joe Flacco's expiring contract doesn't seem to concern anyone with the Baltimore Ravens, including the quarterback himself.
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  • Ravens will soon face tough decision on Anquan Boldin

    Ravens will soon face tough decision on Anquan Boldin

    Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been a playoff difference maker, catching 16 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns through three postseason wins. But Sunday’s Super Bowl may be his last game in a Ravens uniform due to Baltimore’s forthco
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  • Saints fan/ref said John Harbaugh saw photos in preseason

    Saints fan/ref said John Harbaugh saw photos in preseason

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Brian Stropolo lost his gig as an NFL replacement ref when Facebook pictures of him in Saints gear emerged just before he was supposed to officiate a Saints game. But the pictures were far from a secret, and were even discovered by Ravens coach John Har…
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  • Breaking down Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVII with San Francisc…

    Breaking down Sunday night's Super Bowl XLVII with San Francisco 49ers reporter Jerry McDonald

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens’ opponent that week. This week, I chatted with Jerry McDonald, who covers the 49ers and Raiders for The Bay Area Newspaper Group.
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  • Lardarius Webb says he'll be ready for next season after torn A…

    Lardarius Webb says he'll be ready for next season after torn ACL

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Ravens cornerback on the mend from serious knee injuryOn injured reserve due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was emphatic that he's on schedule to return for next season.
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  • When Amani Toomer Looks At Ray Lewis, He Thinks "Hypocrisy"

    When Amani Toomer Looks At Ray Lewis, He Thinks "Hypocrisy"

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Super Bowl media crush isn't just about the players actually playing-the black hole also sucks in retired stars like Marshall Faulk and Jerry Rice and, um, Amani Toomer. The former Giants receiver has an extremely tangential connection to Sunday's m
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  • Ravens “got goosebumps” when Ray Lewis announced Last Ride

    Ravens “got goosebumps” when Ray Lewis announced Last Ride

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced on January 2 that this year’s postseason run would be his “last ride” in the NFL. Lewis isn’t the incredibly high-impact football player he once was, but there are stats that suggest his on-field presence is a
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  • PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. Michael

    PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. Michael

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    We’re drawing ever closer to the Super Bowl and there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Greg Cosell of NFL Films will join Mike Florio to share his insights on the Ravens and 49ers. Cosell has broken down these teams on film for months now, so he
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  • Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump…

    Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump? Who Cares, Let's Make Sex Jokes

    deadspin.com Jan 31, 2013
    It's the week before the Super Bowl, which means that our inbox is getting flooded with stupid press releases. One in particular, from someone affiliated with AshleyMadison.com (a website where married people can find other married people to bone), is v…
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  • Baltimore-San Francisco book smackdown for Super Bowl

    Baltimore-San Francisco book smackdown for Super Bowl

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library wants in on the Super Bowl betting action -- with a book-lover's slant.
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  • Ravens' gamble on offensive line pays off

    Ravens' gamble on offensive line pays off

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Unlike the Baltimore Ravens' change at offensive coordinator this season, the change on the offensive line was forced upon the team. Left guard Jah Reid dislocated a toe in the regular-season finale, and the Ravens decided to take a gambl…
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  • Comparing the 2012 Ravens to the 2000 Ravens

    Comparing the 2012 Ravens to the 2000 Ravens

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    As we learned last week, members of the Ravens’ 2000 championship squad are rooting for the 2012 team, but if the modern-day Ravens could go back in time and play them, the 2000 team is confident it would win.
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  • Patriot Chandler Jones didn’t want Bill Belichick to see a pict…

    Patriot Chandler Jones didn’t want Bill Belichick to see a picture with his Ravens brother

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    Jon Jones had to stay neutral while in Foxboro two weeks ago. The UFC lightweight champion had a brother on both teams. Arthur is a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, and will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Chandler is a rookie on the New Englan…
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  • Ayanbadejo thinks Culliver’s words “pretty normal” in NFL

    Ayanbadejo thinks Culliver’s words “pretty normal” in NFL

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo was nearly as popular a media target this morning as Chris Culliver. But the long-time advocate of gay marriage said he’s not surprised to hear the homophobic message that landed Culliver in the spotlight this mornin
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  • Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for …

    Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    And, well, they're basically the same uniforms that we've seen the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens wear all season. There is a pretty nifty Super Bowl XLVII patch on both. Alas, because the Nike PR folks couldn't just quote Noah Vanderhoff's &q…
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  • Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super Bowl

    Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Bo Schembechler retired from coaching 23 years ago and died six years ago, but he’s a major presence at this year’s Super Bowl. Jack Harbaugh, the father of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, was an assistant to Schembechler at M
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  • Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate …

    Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate the R…

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    Twelve years and a host of changes separate the Ravens from their last title. Yet Ozzie Newsome still presides over one of the NFL's model franchises. Don Banks examines how.
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  • And The Winner Is ...

    And The Winner Is ...

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    The hype is almost over and the actual Super Bowl game is near. Who will hoist all of the trophies handed out this Sunday night? SI's NFL experts make their picks.
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    • Jack and Jackie Harbaugh met the media on Wednesday. • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti avoids the spotlight, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun. • 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said an openly gay teammate would not be welcomed in the locker
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  • Double Coverage: Legends of Lewis, Moss

    Double Coverage: Legends of Lewis, Moss

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Ray Lewis and Randy Moss, two all-time greats at their positions, face one another in Super Bowl XLVII. The week hasn't been a smooth one for either. Lewis finds himself denying a report that he took a banned substance to accelerate his r…
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  • Baltimore won't like Nate Silver's Super Bowl prediction

    Baltimore won't like Nate Silver's Super Bowl prediction

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Nate Silver is known for predicting things correctly.
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  • Ed Reed clarifies remarks about the late Junior Seau

    Ed Reed clarifies remarks about the late Junior Seau

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Ravens free safety remarked that he's certain dead former NFL linebacker has no regrets, says he only meant about playing football in general, not his deathRavens free safety Ed Reed clarified his remarks about late NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who commi…
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  • Ravens finishing off teams in second half

    Ravens finishing off teams in second half

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- In these playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens have been slow starters and strong finishers. Baltimore has outscored its opponents, 52-17, after halftime in these playoffs. That 35-point margin in the second half and overtime is the second-large…
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  • Hue Jackson apologizes to Ray Lewis and entire Ravens organizat…

    Hue Jackson apologizes to Ray Lewis and entire Ravens organization for introducing them to S.W.A.T.S owner

    Ray Lewis has said he never took the supplements offered by Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, but it's hard to deny he didn't know the co-owner of the controversial supplement company after Hue Jackson has apologized for introducing Lewis and other …
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  • Ravens guard Bobbie Williams says he'd like to return next seas…

    Ravens guard Bobbie Williams says he'd like to return next season

    baltimoresun.com Jan 31, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens veteran lineman started six games this seasonRavens veteran offensive guard Bobbie Williams prefers to return next season rather than retire.
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  • Who has it better than the Harbaughs? Nobody!

    Who has it better than the Harbaughs? Nobody!

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    No matter how weary of "Harbowl" stories NFL fans may have been the last two weeks, the fact remains that it is rather remarkable that when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII, the two head coaches once …
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  • Wake-up: Alex Smith interested in Browns?

    Wake-up: Alex Smith interested in Browns?

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    Thursday marks the final day for the media to meet with the players on the Ravens and the 49ers before Sunday's Super Bowl. The only availability on Friday is with the head coaches. Now that you have the schedule, it's time for your wake-up call ... RAV…
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  • Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentum

    Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentum

    nytimes.com Jan 31, 2013
    The 49ers have been consistently among the best, and the Ravens are hot. We've seen this movie before, but luck can't be counted on to continue.
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  • How the Ravens Will Try to Contain Colin Kaepernick and the Div…

    How the Ravens Will Try to Contain Colin Kaepernick and the Diversity of the 49ers' Offense

    grantland.com Jan 31, 2013
    "The running game in pro football has gotten so boring," former 49ers coach Bill Walsh remarked some years ago. "There's just four or five plays they ...
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  • Video - 'No Huddle': The greatness of Ray Lewis 04:55

    'No Huddle': The greatness of Ray Lewis

    Jan 31
    Ray Lewis will retire as one of the greatest players to step on the football field. The "No Huddle" crew shares their favorite Ray Lewis experiences.
  • Video - NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For Improvement 02:55

    NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For Improvement

    Jan 31
    Episode 260: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss what changes the Cowboys should make in the offseason. Eric Mangini breaks down how the 49ers can defend against Joe Flacco. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would rather have Eli or Peyton.
  • Video - 'No Huddle': Which Joe Flacco will show up? 02:41

    'No Huddle': Which Joe Flacco will show up?

    Jan 31
    The "No Huddle" crew discusses which Joe Flacco will show up on Super Bowl Sunday, the regular season Joe or playoff Joe.
  • Video - 'No Huddle': Which Harbaugh as the advantage? 04:21

    'No Huddle': Which Harbaugh as the advantage?

    Jan 31
    In the battle of Harbaugh brothers, will Jim or John prevail? The "No Huddle" crew debates which coach has the edge in Super Bowl XLVII.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: Smith chastises NFL for lack of player safety

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL Players Association challenged the league's commitment to player safety on Monday, going so far as to call some teams' behavior "reckless" when diagnosing and treating players.
  • Don Banks: Seahawks' Wilson familiar with Super-bound 49ers

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
  • Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie Newsome

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…
  • Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundation is buil…

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- After receiving his first NFL scouting job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Lionel Vital was told he should take college coaches to lunch when visiting their schools. Scouts want as much background as possible on draft-eligible prospect…