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The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.Upvote Share TweetFans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.Upvote Share Tweet
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013Over the last few days, "Shutdown Corner" has reported on some of the base salary increases for the 2013 season. In the first report last Saturday, which was updated on Monday, the highest increase belong to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt M…Upvote Share TweetThe Pittsburgh Steelers have been searching for a new special teams after Amos Jones elected to join Bruce Arians’ staff with the Arizona Cardinals. A day after receiving permission to interview Washington Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith, it apUpvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis 'agitated' about deer antler spray storyNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denied that had ever taken a deer antler extract that contained a growth hormone banned by the N.F.L.Upvote Share TweetWhile Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo is using his Super Bowl platform to advocate for same-sex marriage, it appears 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is working in the opposite direction. Culliver made several disparaging remarks when asked about th…Upvote Share Tweet
Chat: Talking Weeden, Modell & KeiblerHere are some highlights from Wednesday's chat: Ravenous128 (Columbia, MD): Given the amount of hype and lip service being paid to Colin Kaepernick, what should the Ravens do to slow him down? I suspect they'll have to play a disciplined zone, but since…Upvote Share TweetRavens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attentionUpvote Share Tweet
Caldwell: Some question legitimacy of minority interviewsRavens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is one of two minority play-callers in the NFL, in a year when none of the available head coaching jobs went to minority candidates. He’s among the many who think the process needs to change, but admitted WednesUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens will be careful with some penaltiesNEW ORLEANS -- The Ravens don't want to turn Super Sunday into flag day, although they have their limits. Baltimore led the NFL with 1,127 penalty yards this season, an average of 70.4 yards per game. Only the Rams (130) committed more penalties this se…Upvote Share Tweet
Eagles expected to sign Dennis Dixon after Super BowlFlorio speculated just last week that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon - currently of the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad - could reunite with college coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. There is now substance to support that speculation. Per GUpvote Share Tweet
Hue Jackson to slide over to coach RBs in CincinnatiThe Bengals aren’t going to look long, or far, to replace retired running backs coach Jim Anderson. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hue Jackson will replace him in that position. Jackson was labeled “assistant coach” last year, saUpvote Share Tweet
Niners' offensive success due to line playNEW ORLEANS -- It was not difficult to find the members of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, even though thousands of people were there, including peppy guys dressed as…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- It appears that Patriots coach Bill Belichick's bromance with Ravens safety Ed Reed is not a one-sided affair. Reed, who has deflected questions about his future this month, couldn't help himself when a Boston Herald reporter asked if he …Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl live-blog: Chat with Yahoo! during Sunday’s gameIngredients for a superb live-blog? Try Beyonce, beer commercials, and the biggest game of the year. Now all we need is you, rambunctious Yahoo! readers. Join us Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Tell u…Upvote Share TweetJerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl for the first time in hos career.Upvote Share TweetRavens linebackers coach Ted Monachino is aware of the reports that he could be the Eagles’ next defensive coordinator, but he says media reports are all he knows about it. “I haven’t been contacted and neither has the club. I’m doing everything IUpvote Share Tweet
Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb headline list of potential cash and cap casualtiesThis week is all about Super Bowl XLVII. Beginning next week, however, all 32 NFL teams will be focused on 2013 and will be able to begin subtracting players from their 80-man offseason rosters. Some of those changes will be made for disciplinary purpos…Upvote Share TweetRavens safety Ed Reed hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing his thoughts about the NFL’s attempts to increase player safety. Reed said earlier this season that the only way to stop concussions it to stop playing football and the topic came up agUpvote Share Tweet
AFC North weekly chat: Super Bowl editionThis week's AFC North chat isn't like any other this season. It's our Super Bowl chat, and I'll be typing from the Ravens hotel in New Orleans. I'm happy to answer any questions on the Bengals, Browns and Steelers. But I presume most will be focusing on…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching sub-plot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almo…Upvote Share TweetRavens tight end Ed Dickson is watching tape of the 49ers, and he likes what he sees. Dickson said at Super Bowl Media Day that watching the 49ers’ defense give up 24 first-half points to the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, the Ravens became confiUpvote Share Tweet
Computer’s pick after 50,000 Super Bowl simulations? San Francisco 28, Baltimore 21Now all that's left is the commercials. No need to watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, at least not with PredictionMachine.com having run 50,000 simulations of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup and determining that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the …Upvote Share TweetFirst of all, mayor bets on football games are stupid. We don't care if Philadelphia's mayor will ship cheese steaks to Green Bay if the Packers win, and Green Bay's mayor will send cheese wheels to Philly if the Eagles win, or whatever lame local cuisi…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns finally got around to firing defensive coordinator Dick Jauron on Monday, which meant that they could officially introduce defensive coordinator Ray Horton at a press conference on Tuesday. Horton’s had the job for a little while now, so we”Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis forgives Wes Welker’s wife: ‘People just make mistakes and say foolish things sometimes’Because we know you were wondering where the Ray Lewis-Wes Welker's wife feud stood, we're happy to report all is forgiven. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker this week said he forgave Anna Burns Welker, the wife of the New England Patriots receiver who ha…Upvote Share TweetWhen Juan Castillo was fired as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator during the season, you could have won some good money betting that he’d be at the Super Bowl as anything other than a spectator. Castillo is there with the Ravens in a consulting role tUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The best linebackers resemble jungle cats on the field. Fast, strong, and predatory, they assess their prey with incredible instincts and hunt without mercy. Super Bowl XLVII features two such linebackers. One, an old lion whose career is…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning linksWith Tuesday's "Media Day" over and done with, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business and focus on preparing for Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams will practice on Wednesday, with the 49ers using the New Orleans Saint…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals play their home games in Paul Brown Stadium, but they’ll no longer have a coach on the staff who was actually interviewed by Paul Brown when he initially got his job in Cincinnati. Running backs coach Jim Anderson announced his retirement onUpvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- While it may have been stating the obvious, general manager Ozzie Newsome made it known for the first time publicly that quarterback Joe Flacco isn't going anywhere in 2013. The Ravens will either sign Flacco to a long-term deal or they w…Upvote Share Tweet
Ticket requests a hassle for Super Bowl playersPlayers on the 49ers and Ravens are finding out one of the down sides of playing in the Super Bowl this week: Your friends and relatives assume you have free tickets to give them. In reality, players in the Super Bowl get two free tickets and the opport…Upvote Share TweetOne of the fun parts of the job is you never know what is going to happen in a given day, especially at the Super Bowl. Take yesterday. I never thought I would be typing "deer-antler extract" on the blog. My guess is I'd better get used to usi…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher is a foundation of an offense that led the way in the franchise's first trip to the Super Bowl since the end of the 2000 season, but that's not his claim to fame, of course. Oher is the subje…Upvote Share Tweet
Absence of failed drug tests doesn’t exonerate Ray Lewis from IGF-1 useThe obvious response to the allegation that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used a deer-antler extract containing the banned substance IGF-1 is that Ray Lewis has never failed a drug test. “Every test I’ve ever took in the NFL? There’s never been a quUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Alex Smith's Future Still BrightJan 30Episode 259: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Alex Smith's future. Eric Mangini breaks down how the Ravens can defend against Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would like on their team; Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt.
Reiss' P.A.T.Jan 30In this week's edition of P.A.T., Mike Reiss is joined by Field Yates and Mike Rodak as they look ahead to the futures of Aqib Talib and Wes Welker with the Patriots.
How to defend the optionJan 30Heath Evans explains how the Baltimore Ravens will be able to stop the run-option offense against the San Francisco 49ers.
Terrell Suggs behind the scenesJan 30Experience the week leading up to the Super Bowl with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. For more, go to BaltimoreRavens.com.
Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super BowlJan 30Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
Don Banks: Homegrown or imported, 49ers are loaded with blue-chip talentJan 30NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…
Super Bowl XLVII - Ray Lewis, NFL too popular to be tarnished by performan…Jan 30Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis is far too big of a brand to be damaged by performance-enhancing drug accusations.
Jim Trotter: Behind 49ers' offense, a creative genius who's always thinkin…Jan 30NEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers players and coaches are asked about the ingenuity of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's game plans, the response is always the same. There is a smile, a chuckle or a roll of the eyes, then a virtual shrug of the shoulders that …