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Charges won't be filed against 49ers' Crabtree

Charges won't be filed against 49ers' Crabtree

CNNSI.com profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 25, 2013
Criminal charges won't be filed against 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree after an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the team's playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco's district attorney said Friday.
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  • Trent Williams was hit by a champagne bottle, Tasered in fight

    Trent Williams was hit by a champagne bottle, Tasered in fight

    The NFL has confirmed the information we reported earlier tonight:  Redskins tackle Trent Williams was the victim, not the aggressor, during a fight early Friday in Hawaii. “Trent Williams was the victim of an assault at a night club in central Honolul
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  • Cromartie: Jets must give Sanchez better cast

    Cromartie: Jets must give Sanchez better cast

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Outspoken cornerback Antonio Cromartie absolved Mark Sanchez for the New York Jets' offensive disaster, blaming the front office for failing to surround the quarterback with enough talent.
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  • Senior Bowl risers: The offense

    Senior Bowl risers: The offense

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Yes, there is still a Senior Bowl game to be played on Saturday, but the hay is pretty much in the barn from a personnel perspective when Thursday practices wrap up, and NFL teams have seen how the best senior draft prospects line up aga…
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  • Panthers hire Al Holcomb as linebackers coach

    Panthers hire Al Holcomb as linebackers coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    We mentioned this morning that Giants assistant Al Holcomb was the latest low-profile name to interview with the Panthers, who are filling in the blanks of their coaching staff without the promise of the same kind of job security other teams can offer. …
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  • Vince Young admits to “probably” signing loan documents

    Vince Young admits to “probably” signing loan documents

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Free-agent quarterback Vince Young allegedly took out a $1.9 million loan during the lockout.  His lawyer at one point raised the specter of forgery, suggesting that someone other than Vince Young signed the documents. Young has now given sworn testimon…
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  • Jim Caldwell wants to be a head coach again

    Jim Caldwell wants to be a head coach again

    Jim Caldwell deserves a healthy share of the credit for having the Ravens in the playoffs: After taking over the play calling from the fired former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Caldwell helped shape an offense that has played well in the postseaso…
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  • Chiefs tab former DB Harris to coach secondary

    Chiefs tab former DB Harris to coach secondary

    The Chiefs have hired former Packers defensive back Al Harris to coach their secondary and Mark DeLeone as a quality control coach and also retained assistant strength coach Brent Salazar.
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  • Jets GM: Revis reacts well to conversation

    Jets GM: Revis reacts well to conversation

    It didn't take long for New York Jets general manager John Idzik to engage in damage control.
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  • Rashard Mendenhall’s future in Pittsburgh doesn’t look too brig…

    Rashard Mendenhall’s future in Pittsburgh doesn’t look too bright

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    When Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert promised changes to the team in his season-ending press conference, many people pointed to the running back spot as an area likely to look different next season. Injuries and inconsistency helped the Steelers …
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  • Ravens GM: Cameron firing was Harbaugh's call

    Ravens GM: Cameron firing was Harbaugh's call

    CNNSI.com Jan 25, 2013
    OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome says the decision to fire offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in December was orchestrated solely by coach John Harbaugh.
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  • Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list

    Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Sometimes, when something makes plenty of sense, it can make too much sense to happen. In New Orleans, that may not be the case. As Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported, former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is on the list to become the team’s next
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  • Harbaugh denies that Akers is in a slump during slump

    Harbaugh denies that Akers is in a slump during slump

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    A career-worst season, and a playoff kick off the uprights is not enough to shake the 49ers’ confidence in David Akers. (Other, than of course, the fact they brought in another kicker earlier this month.) But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh denied that his kic
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  • Foster: Expect better, not best, effort in Hawaii

    Foster: Expect better, not best, effort in Hawaii

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Houston running back Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don't expect 100 percent effort.
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  • The Lawyer For Fred Smoot, Who Double-Donged Two Hookers, Would…

    The Lawyer For Fred Smoot, Who Double-Donged Two Hookers, Would Like You To Know Smoot Did Not Pee Himself After His DUI Arrest

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    Yesterday we passed along the news that Fred Smoot, the former cornerback best known for inserting a double-ended dildo into two prostitutes on a Vikings sex cruise, was arrested last month in Washington for a DUI. Among the information in the police af…
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  • Matt Kalil gets belated Pro Bowl trip

    Matt Kalil gets belated Pro Bowl trip

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    The game is two days away, but the players keep saying “aloha” while others are saying, well, “aloha.” Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team.  He replaces Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, who has withdrawn due
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  • Mathieu tweets that he'll attend NFL combine

    Mathieu tweets that he'll attend NFL combine

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu tweeted Friday that he'll attend the NFL scouting combine.
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  • Bills sign linebacker Maybin to reserve contract

    Bills sign linebacker Maybin to reserve contract

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals signed linebacker Aaron Maybin to a reserve/future contract on Friday.
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  • Raiders hire former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders

    Raiders hire former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Raiders fired several members of coach Dennis Allen’s staff after the end of the regular season, including linebackers coach Johnny Holland. They’ve now filled all of those spots with the announcement that Bob Sanders will coach the linebackers th
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  • Schefter: Kaepernick, Wilson can't cash in

    Schefter: Kaepernick, Wilson can't cash in

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    CBA provisions prevent young bargains from getting paid what they're worth
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  • Center Saturday says Pro Bowl to be final game

    Center Saturday says Pro Bowl to be final game

    Veteran center Jeff Saturday says Sunday's Pro Bowl will feature his final snap.
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  • Seahawks replace Idzik with former Browns exec

    Seahawks replace Idzik with former Browns exec

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Having lost a salary cap guy to the Jets, the Seahawks found another one Friday, naming former Browns executive Matt Thomas as their new vice president of football administration. Thomas spent the previous three seasons with the Browns, after 12 years w…
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  • Jets Winger Evander Kane Gets Giant "YMCMB" Shaved In…

    Jets Winger Evander Kane Gets Giant "YMCMB" Shaved Into His Head

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    You can only be so in touch with hip hop when you play for the Winnipeg Jets. They used to be the Atlanta Thrashers. Winnipeg has a few hip-hoppists fewer than Atlanta. (No, the Thrashers didn't have Atlanta's leading hip-hoppists-Outcast, Wocker Flocke
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  • SF taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

    SF taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
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  • Someone Actually Gave Adrian Peterson An Orange Peanut

    Someone Actually Gave Adrian Peterson An Orange Peanut

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    In case you missed it last week, Bad Lip Reading put together a pretty funny video dubbing over some NFL players. One of the highlights was Adrian Peterson-full of childlike wonder-asking Pam Oliver for an orange peanut. You can check out that moment
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  • Report: Bisaccia to coach Dallas' special teams

    Report: Bisaccia to coach Dallas' special teams

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    After just 22 days on the job, Rich Bisaccia has left Auburn to reportedly take a job as special-teams coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
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  • Washington Post Drags Victim's Mother To His Grave To Remind Us…

    Washington Post Drags Victim's Mother To His Grave To Remind Us That Nobody Is Paying Attention To The Ray Lewis Murder Case

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    "Here he is right here," Priscilla says with a smile. More »
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  • Vernon Davis knows he would have handled lack of involvement di…

    Vernon Davis knows he would have handled lack of involvement differently in the past

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    During a late-season dry spell that came after the 49ers changed from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback, tight end Vernon Davis saw his production evaporate. While he mentioned to the media that Kaepernick and Davis need to develop chemistry…
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  • Former GM proud of his old team, while trying to beat them

    Former GM proud of his old team, while trying to beat them

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Next weekend, as the 49ers are preparing to play for a championship, one of the men who helped build them will be plotting their demise. Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan now works for the Seahawks in the scouting department, and will be sitt…
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  • Lions' Suh defends reputation of being 'dirty'

    Lions' Suh defends reputation of being 'dirty'

    Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he's drawn a reputation as a dirty player because the public misunderstands him.
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  • Ozzie Newsome: Flacco offer won’t change if Ravens win Super Bo…

    Ozzie Newsome: Flacco offer won’t change if Ravens win Super Bowl

    A new deal might not come quickly and the Ravens might be forced to use their franchise tag to facilitate further conversations, but quarterback Joe Flacco is staying in Baltimore beyond this season. It’s been a common refrain that Flacco is making hims
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  • Cedric Benson's Dogs Are A Scourge Upon Local Livestock

    Cedric Benson's Dogs Are A Scourge Upon Local Livestock

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    Green Bay Packers running back and part-time strip club DJ Cedric Benson is not very good at controlling his murderous dogs. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Benson was recently issued a citation after his two Rottweilers went on a violent r…
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  • NFL doesn’t always put the highest-graded officials in the Supe…

    NFL doesn’t always put the highest-graded officials in the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    For the 49ers and Ravens, the path to the Super Bowl was clear: They won their divisions, then won their playoff games, and now they have a chance to earn the right to be considered the best team in the NFL. But the other seven men who will be on the fi…
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  • Vincent Jackson doing a little free agent recruiting

    Vincent Jackson doing a little free agent recruiting

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Buccaneers apparently got more than a wide receiver for their millions. They got a recruiter, too. Bucs wideout Vincent Jackson said he’s happy to sing the praises of Bucs coach Greg Schiano to anyone who will listen to him at the Pro Bowl, or where
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  • PFT Live: Sean Payton, PFT Planet

    PFT Live: Sean Payton, PFT Planet

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    We hoped to have Saints coach Sean Payton on PFT Live on Thursday, but it didn’t work out. So we’ll have him Friday instead. Payton has returned to work following his reinstatement and didn’t waste any time shaking things up. The Saints fired defens
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  • Former NFL kicker charged in Ponzi scheme

    Former NFL kicker charged in Ponzi scheme

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    A former NFL kicker has been arrested on charges of operating an illegal Ponzi scheme, one that allegedly defrauded investors of more than $20 million. Russell Erxleben, a former All-American at Texas and a punter for the New Orleans Saints and Detroit …
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  • Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use Super Bowl platform to …

    Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo wants to use Super Bowl platform to stump for gay rights

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hadn't even slept after Baltimore's AFC championship game win over the Patriots when he started sending emails asking how he could help promote gay rights at the Super Bowl. According to the New York Times, at 3:40 a…
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  • Young unleashes another Twitter rant at Lions

    Young unleashes another Twitter rant at Lions

    Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young continued his Twitter rant against the team Friday.
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  • Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan

    Vic Fangio has always been a big Flacco fan

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Long before he had to scheme against him in the biggest game of the year, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was a huge Joe Flacco fan. Fangio was a Ravens assistant when Flacco was drafted, and in the early days of OTAs, Fangio told then-boss John …
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  • Some officials cry foul over Jerome Boger refereeing the Super …

    Some officials cry foul over Jerome Boger refereeing the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Jerome Boger will referee Super Bowl XLVII, but some of his colleagues think he was the wrong choice. Several officials told Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports that they believe the league office first decided it wanted to give the game to Boger, then changed…
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  • Ray Horton says he would have delivered Norv Turner had he been…

    Ray Horton says he would have delivered Norv Turner had he been named Cardinals head coach

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    It remains a mystery that eight NFL teams bypassed defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their head coaching vacancy this offseason. Horton is one of the top defensive-minded coaches in the NFL, coordinating an Arizona Cardinals defense that ranked sixth…
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  • Darnell Docket on Katherine Webb: ‘I would have got her if I re…

    Darnell Docket on Katherine Webb: ‘I would have got her if I really wanted her’

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    There's a reason Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has about 170,000 followers on Twitter. He'll say just about anything at any time. There's not much filter. Thank goodness there's still someone like him in sports. "Anybody that …
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  • Panthers aren’t offering much security during staff search

    Panthers aren’t offering much security during staff search

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Panthers have interviewed some guys you may have heard of, but that they’re mostly hiring their own speaks in part to what they’re offering. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that they’ve interviewed Giants defensive assistant Al Holc
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  • Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t thrilled with his play this season

    Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t thrilled with his play this season

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, which is usually seen as a sign that a player’s had a strong season. Kerrigan led the Redskins with 8.5 sacks and was part of a second half defensive turnaround that carried the team to th
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Bills’ lease with Erie County was approved by legislators. The Dolphins have assembled a team of lobbyists to help the effort to get money to renovate Sun Life Stadium. An early look at potential free agent targets for the Patriots. Brian Costello o
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  • Addition of McKinnie has stabilized Ravens offensive line

    Addition of McKinnie has stabilized Ravens offensive line

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Few teams are willing to fiddle with their lineup entering the playoffs. That makes the Ravens’ willingness to blow up their offensive line amazing, and the results have justified the decision. They took former Pro Bowler Bryant McKinnie out of exile on
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  • Aikman sees Cowboys changes, but not results

    Aikman sees Cowboys changes, but not results

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman sees the Cowboys making changes. But he doesn’t necessarily see the Cowboys improving because of them. “I haven’t seen anything up to this point that’s been done that makes me believe that this team is going to
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  • Arian Foster on improving the Pro Bowl: Goodell’s not taking th…

    Arian Foster on improving the Pro Bowl: Goodell’s not taking the hits

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Texans running back Arian Foster says he respects the fact that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants players to play harder in the Pro Bowl. But he thinks that’s a lot easier for Goodell to say than for the players to do. “I see both sides of the coin
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  • Jon Embree hired as tight ends coach by Browns

    Jon Embree hired as tight ends coach by Browns

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    After a failed two-year run as head coach at the University of Colorado, Jon Embree is headed back to the NFL. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Embree has been hired by head coach Rob Chudzinski to coach the Browns tight end po…
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  • Brandon Jacobs has no regrets over 49ers tenure

    Brandon Jacobs has no regrets over 49ers tenure

    profootballtalk.com Jan 25, 2013
    Instead of heading to New Orleans next week to play in the Super Bowl, Brandon Jacobs will have to watch on television as his former teammates take the field to play the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. Jacobs was suspended for the remainder of the regular…
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  •  At press conference for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York next yea…

     At press conference for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York next year, pundits blow hot air, dodge cold weater questions

    nydailynews.com Jan 25, 2013
    The weather outside of City Hall was more to the liking of Gus the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo. But inside the Blue Room, where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were holding a noon press conference on Thursday, it was wa…
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  • Jurors at odds in former cheerleader's libel suit

    Jurors at odds in former cheerleader's libel suit

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Jurors were ordered to try again after telling a judge Thursday they couldn't reach a verdict on a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader against a gossip website that posted lewd comments about her.
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  • We Went There: Knicks-Celtics Bring the Rumors and Melodrama at…

    We Went There: Knicks-Celtics Bring the Rumors and Melodrama at North Station

    grantland.com Jan 25, 2013
    Just four days after their red, white, and blue football team was squeezed out of the NFL playoffs, Boston's sports fans rose from the ashes and reass...
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  • Video - Foster shows off comical side 03:21

    Foster shows off comical side

    Jan 25
    Does Houston Texans running back Arian Foster really think he has as good of an arm as New England Patriots QB Tom Brady? Take a look at this hilarious piece of Foster mic'd up during Pro Bowl practice.
  • Video - Foster shows off comical side 03:21

    Foster shows off comical side

    Jan 25
    Does Houston Texans running back Arian Foster really think he has as good of an arm as New England Patriots QB Tom Brady? Take a look at this hilarious piece of Foster mic'd up during Pro Bowl practice.
  • Video - NFL32OT: Rams Get Look On Defense 03:19

    NFL32OT: Rams Get Look On Defense

    Jan 25
    Episode 256: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the impact Rob Ryan will have on the Rams defense. Trent Dilfer breaks down how Joe Flacco is preparing for the Super Bowl. The NFL32 crew discuss the Saints firing of their defensive coordinator
  • Video - 2012: Best of Joe Flacco 02:25

    2012: Best of Joe Flacco

    Jan 25
    Through the ups and downs, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has helped his team climb through the playoffs and into Super Bowl XLVII. Take a look back at Flacco's journey with the Ravens to get to the Superdome in New Orleans.

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    Jan 25
    Roger Goodell's visit to New Orleans will allow embittered Saints fans to get closure, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
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