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Hidden In Plain SightDid we see the Ravens coming? After their 28-13 win over the Pats, maybe we should've, says Don Banks, who adds Baltimore fits the recent profile of Super Bowl winners to a tee.Upvote Share TweetJoe Flacco, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens: After a relatively quiet first half, Flacco stepped up in the final 30 minutes, completing 15-of-24 pass attempts for 159 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens scored 21 straight points to defeat the New Eng…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t like the Patriots. And now that he’s on his way to the first Super Bowl of his career after beating them in the AFC title game, Suggs has teed off on his team’s long-time nemesis. “Tell them to have fun atUpvote Share TweetTom Brady probably should have known it wasn't his day when he tried to run upfield against the Ravens and got tackled by an official. In the first play after the two-minute warning of the first half in the AFC championship game, the Patriots' quarterba…Upvote Share TweetNew England coach Bill Belichick doesn't handle losing all too well, and he blew off CBS' customary postgame interview with the coach of the losing team after the AFC Championship Game. CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe wasn't impressed and called him out for …Upvote Share TweetAtlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan suffered a sprained left shoulder during Sunday's NFC Championship Game, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetIn what could be his last time wearing a plain orange helmet, Browns receiver Josh Cribbs is heading back to the Pro Bowl. Cribbs has secured his third Pro Bowl berth via the Ravens’ berth in the Super Bowl. Jacoby Jones is out, and Cribbs is in. CribUpvote Share TweetNot too long ago, Ray Lewis was out of the lineup with a triceps injury and it seemed like there was a chance he would never play in the NFL again. Instead, Lewis will finish his illustrious career on the biggest stage, in his first Super Bowl since win…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens top Pats, set all-Harbaugh Super BowlJoe Flacco outdueled Tom Brady, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl in 12 years with a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC championship.Upvote Share TweetWhen Jim and John Harbaugh coached against each other last season, it was the first time in NFL history that two brothers faced off as head coaches. And a lot of media attention was given to that storyline. Jim and John Harbaugh will coach against each …Upvote Share TweetCall them AFC champions. Joe Flacco engineered three second-half touchdown drives as the Ravens rallied to topple the Patriots 28-13 to earn a berth in Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share TweetThe San Francisco 49ers' appearance in the Super Bowl means Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington is headed to the Pro Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Dennis Pitta gets blasted over the middle by Jerod Mayo, bounces back to score next playDennis Pitta took one of the hardest hits of the season from one of the NFL's toughest linebackers, then came back on the next play to give the Ravens the lead in the AFC championship game. The sequence says plenty about Pitta's toughness. The Ravens ti…Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must have been upset when he was stopped by umpire Chad Brown near the end of the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. That happened with 1:52 left in the first half, and when y…Upvote Share TweetBill Belichick is usually one of the NFL’s more aggressive coaches when it comes to going for it on fourth down. But not today in the AFC Championship Game. Belichick has already punted three times while in Ravens territory, and the last of those puntsUpvote Share TweetAmong the various awards to be distributed the night before the Super Bowl will be the one that combines on-field performance with off-field service. This year, the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award are Cardinals receiver Larry F…Upvote Share TweetTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers' appearance in the Super Bowl means Arizona inside linebacker Daryl Washington is headed to the Pro Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
Here's A Woman Who Claims She's Dashon Goldson's Aunt Cursing And Screaming Incoherently On Live TelevisionHat tip to ol' Diamond Joe on this one, from the NFC Championship Game postgame show today on KTTV, L.A.'s Fox affiliate. This segment was actually considerably longer than you see here, and includes several more minutes of ill-advised drunken fan inter…Upvote Share Tweet
Brady botches the clock, but Patriots take a lead into halftimeEven a quarterback as experienced in the postseason as Tom Brady sometimes makes clock-management mistakes at big moments. Just before halftime in New England, Brady botched his clock management, running for a short gain, going down inbounds with 20 sec…Upvote Share TweetAn Atlanta Falcons fan was stabbed in the neck during an altercation outside the Georgia Dome following Sunday's NFC Championship Game, Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta reported.Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib left in the first quarter of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens with a thigh injury. The team announced his return as questionable.Upvote Share Tweet
Baltimore’s Ray Rice scores a touchdown, celebrates, and is amused by flexing Pats fanRay Rice helped the Baltimore Ravens take a 7-3 lead over the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship on Sunday night by running in a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Afterwards, Rice did his customary flexing touchdown celebration. Fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh's Failed Challenge Freakout Is Even Better In Extreme Slow MotionWe brought you the GIF, and so you had to figure the Deadspin Video was coming. Jim Harbaugh and his legendary temper are headed to the Super Bowl, and if we're lucky America's largest television audience will get to witness another historic meltdown li…Upvote Share TweetA fight that broke out after the NFC Championship game in Atlanta led to a stabbing, reports say. WSBTV in Atlanta is gathering details: More »Upvote Share TweetThe season ended for tight end Tony Gonzalez and the rest of the Falcons on Sunday afternoon. Based on everything Gonzalez said over the course of the season, it’s also going to be the end of his career. Gonzalez has maintained a 95 percent answer for tUpvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Flawless CombinationThank you for your continued support of Deadspin. We'll be with you through Pats-Ravens and get you those GIFs you lust for. Thanks for stopping by. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Super Turnaround: The 49ers' defense was pushed around in the first…The 49ers' defense was pushed around in the first half, but made enough plays, especially in the final quarter, to stun the Falcons 28-24 in the NFC title game, says Chris Burke.Upvote Share TweetESPN’s Chris Mortensen stirred up a bit of a storm earlier in the day, reporting that the Seahawks received a call last week from a representative of quarterback Russell Wilson “insisting” that Wilson’s contract be adjusted. Agent Bus Cook, who reUpvote Share Tweet
Baltimore’s Ray Lewis got really emotional during the AFC championship’s national anthemDuring the national anthem before the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots faced off in the AFC championship, Baltimore's Ray Lewis got very, very emotional. Dancing back and forth while making this face kind of emotional. Perhaps he realizes that,…Upvote Share Tweet
Muscle Hamster heads to HawaiiWith the 49ers qualifying for the Super Bowl, the NFL needs to replace San Fran’s eight Pro Bowlers. The NFL already has announced that Bucs running back Doug Martin will replace running back Frank Gore. The other 49ers Pro Bowlers are tackle Joe StaleyUpvote Share Tweet
This Jim Harbaugh Freakout Is Priceless: Your NFL Conference Championships GIFs RoundupWe're going to be putting our GIFs from the respective Conference Championship games right here. So if you're looking for Julio Jones's touchdown scoring and/or security guard eliminating prowess, here's your spot. We'll update with Patriots-Ravens as s…Upvote Share TweetEventually, quarterbacks coach David Lee will work for the Patriots. He has to. For now, he’s embarking on his third tour with an AFC East team. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Lee has become the quarterbacks coach of the Jets. Lee spent 2012Upvote Share TweetFor the first time since 1995, San Francisco is headed to the Super Bowl. The Falcons overcame a 17-point hole and held off the Falcons to earn a 28-24 win in the NFC title game.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Tom Moore joining Cardinals staffWhen Tom Moore’s consulting gig with the Titans came to an end, he said he wanted another job in the NFL for the coming season. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Moore is going to be part of Bruce Arians’ staff in Arizona. Moore won’tUpvote Share Tweet
NaVorro Bowman becomes part of 49ers lore with a clutch fourth-down pass breakupMatt Ryan and the Falcons' passing offense had a great Sunday against the 49ers, but when Atlanta needed 4 yards, San Francisco didn't let receiver Roddy White have an inch of open space. The moment of truth in the NFC championship game came with 1:13 l…Upvote Share TweetFrank Gore ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and the 49ers rebounded from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC championship game Sunday, sending San Francisco to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.Upvote Share TweetATLANTA — Defense doesn’t win championships anymore. As the Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers demonstrated conclusively in the NFC championship game on Sunday, defense is now flat-out optional for championships. This wasn’t a football gameUpvote Share TweetDavid Akers hasn't had a great season. The San Francisco 49ers kicker has struggled, and that didn't change when his team was down by three to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. In the third quarter, David Akers missed a 38-yard field goal tha…Upvote Share TweetATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner limped off the field of Sunday's NFC title game against San Francisco in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.Upvote Share Tweet
49er take their first lead of the gameFor two straight weeks, the Falcons have blown three-score leads. They did it in the final minute last week, after leading the Seahawks 20-0 in the first half and 27-7 in the fourth quarter. This time, a 17-0 lead has become a 28-24 deficit with 8:23 t…Upvote Share TweetRavens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back) is active for tonight’s AFC Championship Game, after he was limited in Friday’s practice and ruled questionable. Likewise, rookie running back Bernard Pierce is active after he missed two days of practiceUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Seahawks DC Quinn gets $5.7M dealThe Seattle Seahawks have given new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn a three-year contract worth $5.7 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for Sunday night's AFC Championship Game and, as expected, there are no surprises. The Ravens listed linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ank…Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots-Ravens will apparently be quite windy, judging by goal posts bending in the gustsWind will be a factor in New England today, especially judging from the goal posts on the nearby practice fields that look like they're going to topple over. The Patriots tweeted out a picture that it said was the goal posts on the practice fields, whic…Upvote Share TweetThe Philadelphia Eagles made Chip Kelly one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL, giving him a five-year contract worth $32.5 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share Tweet
San Fran answers, pulls within 10Well, the Falcons won’t have to worry about blowing a 20-point lead this week. But they suddenly have to worry about blowing a 17-point lead, thanks to an 11-play, 80-yard drive from the 49ers that was punctuated by a 15-yard dash to the end zone by rooUpvote Share Tweet
Falcons defense dominates the first quarter against Colin Kaepernick as Atlanta grabs big early leadAtlanta's passing game having a big first quarter was a small surprise, but not a total shock. What the Falcons defense did to start the game is something nobody saw coming. Atlanta held San Francisco to minus-2 yards in the first quarter. San Francisco…Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis intends to retire at the end of his season. Some New England Patriots fans are so positive that his retirement is coming on Sunday that they've put up a billboard counting down to his retirement party. This billboard was …Upvote Share TweetCowboys coach Jason Garrett should consider himself warned. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, John Garrett has taken the wide receivers coach job with the Buccaneers, a lateral move from his old tight ends coaching position on his brother’s stUpvote Share Tweet
Your NFL Conference Championship Viewing GuideThis is the last week of multiple football games. What an incredible bummer. In a few weeks it will all be over and it will just be, ugh, February. Terrible. But anyway, let's enjoy the final real weekend of the year and worry about February in February…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL considering expanding Rooney Rule to coordinatorsAfter an offseason which saw every team comply with the letter of the Rooney Rule, but none implement its spirit, the NFL is considering broadening the scope of the rule. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, one possibility which has been discussed is aUpvote Share TweetMichael Vick likely will not be following Marty Mornhinweg to the New York Jets.Upvote Share TweetOne well-placed league source said he "highly, highly doubted" that 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be charged in the events that led to an investigation of sexual assault last week.Upvote Share Tweet
Which look is worse for Te’o: Naivete or involvement?The guys on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown have engaged in an intriguing debate regarding the question of whether it will be worse for linebacker Manti Te’o at the NFL level if he was involved in the fake, dead girlfriend hoax - or if he wasn’t. CrisUpvote Share TweetThe NFL has discussed an expansion to the Rooney Rule under which teams would be required to interview minority candidates for vacant coordinator jobs, league sources told ESPN.Upvote Share Tweet
Another name emerges in possible Raiders restructuringLast week, there was a report that NFL executive V.P. of football operations Ray Anderson was under consideration for a senior front office role with the Raiders. Per the report by Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Raiders owner Mark Davis is contemplating a res…Upvote Share Tweet
Referee assignment for Super Bowl XLVII comes into questionThe NFL won't announce the names of the "all-star" crew set to officiate Super Bowl XLVII until the conference championship games have been decided, but reports from several sources indicate that Jerome Boger, a league referee since 2006, will…Upvote Share TweetIn the week leading up to Sunday’s AFC title game, Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin paid homage to the quarterback of an AFL champion from 43 years ago, who accurately predicted the toppling of an elite team that used to be in Baltimore. “We’ll win,”Upvote Share Tweet
Josh Morgan had surgery on FridayWe spent a lot of time talking about Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee surgery earlier this month, but he isn’t the only member of the team’s offense to wind up in an operating room. Wide receiver Josh Morgan sent out a picture of himseUpvote Share TweetBrowns defensive coordinator Ray Horton admits that he’s disappointed that he didn’t land a head coaching job this year, but that disappointment doesn’t take away his excitement over his new job. Horton, who left the Cardinals after Bruce Arians wasUpvote Share TweetHead coach Mike McCoy’s first Chargers staff is showing a lot of similarity to this year’s Cardinals staff. Ken Whisenhunt will be the offensive coordinator, Frank Reich will be the quarterbacks coach and now comes word that Keith Spencer will be in cUpvote Share Tweet
Jacksonville’s Cecil Shorts, one of the NFL’s best bargains, is still paying off his student loansAh, those mid-round rookie contracts. If a guy catches 55 passes for 979 yards and 7 touchdowns in an otherwise anemic offense, and he does so despite starting just nine games in a season, you'd think he'd be flush with cash. But for Jacksonville Jaguar…Upvote Share TweetWR Brad Smith is excited about the new arrivals on the Bills coaching staff. Dolphins WR Brian Hartline had a memorable season. The Patriots promoted DT Marcus Forston from the practice squad. Those who have worked with new Jets G.M. John Idzik are conf…Upvote Share Tweet
Notre Dame’s Te’o “investigation” was lacking in many respectsWhen Notre Dame mobilized on Wednesday night to characterize the Manti Te’o fake dead girlfriend hoax as something for which Te’o had no responsibility, the effort included a press conference from Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, who declared among oUpvote Share Tweet
Willis McGahee Wouldn't Describe The Aftermath Of This Massive Hit That Got Him Carted Off The Field As An "Injury"Above is the infamous Ryan Clark hit on Willis McGahee, four years ago yesterday, that put McGahee on a stretcher to close out the 2009 AFC Championship game. Though the next day the Associated Press considered it newsworthy that Willis McGahee would, i…Upvote Share TweetLast year, the Buccaneers uncharacteristically splurged in free agency. One of the free agents on whom they splurged is interested in helping this year’s potential splurge. And, yes, I like the word splurge. Receiver Vincent Jackson raves about his coUpvote Share Tweet
Colts OC Hamilton eager to reunite with LuckPep Hamilton already knows what he wants to do with the Indianapolis Colts offense.Upvote Share TweetWhen Scott Pioli left the Patriots to go to Kansas City, the Patriots brought in veteran personnel man Floyd Reese, but that arrangement has apparently reached its end. According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Reese’s contract is expiring and he isn”Upvote Share TweetNew Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton’s already talked to his current and former pupil, and both are excited about making some changes to the Colts offense. Hamilton said Saturday he had already talked to quarterback Andrew Luck, discussing someUpvote Share Tweet
The New Jets: A Pass-Happy Team?nytimes.com Updated Jan 20, 2013The Jets took steps to transition to a pass-oriented offense, and one of the big off-season talking points will be whether they can trade for Seattle quarterback Matt Flynn.Upvote Share Tweet
D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh cleared for Senior Bowl and NFL draftWhen I posted the list of 73 early entrants in the NFL draft, I heard from a couple readers who wanted to know why Alabama’s D.J. Fluker and Syracuse’s Justin Pugh weren’t on it. The reason, according to the NFL, is that Fluker and Pugh are in a sepUpvote Share Tweet
Heartbreak in AtlantaJan 20Stacey Dales reports from Atlanta where the Falcons are recovering from a tough loss in the NFC Championship Game.
Heartbreak in AtlantaJan 20Stacey Dales reports from Atlanta where the Falcons are recovering from a tough loss in the NFC Championship Game.
Countdown Daily Recap: BAL-NEJan 20Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Ravens' 28-13 win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship game
How did the Baltimore Ravens get here?Jan 20Rich Eisen and the "NFL GameDay Final" crew explain how the Baltimore Ravens were able to overcome adversity this season and how much Joe Flacco has to do to be considered elite.
Don Banks: Ravens prove again that, in January, down doesn't always mean o…Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Like the Giants last year, and the Packers the year before, we didn't really see these Baltimore Ravens coming, did we? But maybe we should have. After all, Super Bowl teams of late aren't always the beauty pageant winners, primping an…
NFL playoffs -- Baltimore Ravens' momentum evokes recent Super Bowl champi…Jan 20Baltimore Ravens silence doubters by crushing New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.
Don Banks: Brotherly love on hold as Harbaughs own Super Bowl XLVII; more …Jan 20FOXBORO, Mass. -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from another unpredictable NFL championship Sunday...
NFL playoffs -- Who has it better than Harbaughs in Super Bowl?Jan 20Super Bowl Q&A: The Harbaugh Bowl has plenty of other interesting storylines.