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By Tim Kawakami and San Jose Mercury News Columnist | January 24, 2013
SANTA CLARA - Boil out the flimsiest, fuzziest story lines and this Super Bowl is supremely easy to summarize in less than 25 words. The 49ers are a little better at the best things the Ravens do and a lot better at the things the Ravens do worst. There you have it. Simple, crisp, lean, complete ... and almost nothing like any of the food I plan to consume in the French Quarter next week. OK, a little more: The 49ers have the more dynamic quarterback, the more varied offense and the stronger, younger defense, which are all the tangible pieces that mark a team as an eventual Super Bowl champion.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Don't bother asking the Ravens about redemption. They're not interested in framing the 2014 season that way. In fact, they'd just as soon not discuss last season - 8-8 record, no playoffs, lousy statistics for big-money players, off-field embarrassments - at all. “That is for you guys to talk about,” wide receiver Torrey Smith said, summing up the general outlook. “Last year was last year.” But with a team built largely around the same core of star players and decision-makers, the Ravens know questions loom.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 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. MV: How was the midseason quarterback change received at first in the 49ers locker room, and now what are teammates saying about Colin Kaepernick now that he's running and throwing all over defenses? JM: Skepticism was limited because Alex Smith missed his first game with a concussion and it was immediately evident that Kaepernick added a spark that turned a plodding offense into an explosive one. Kaepernick's physicality, work ethic and reluctance to play the star impressed his teammates.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Inside the Ravens' locker room late Thursday night, wide receiver Kamar Aiken broke into a smile as he reflected on how to handle the anxiety of waiting to learn whether he has made the team. With Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline for the 53-man roster closing in on the Ravens, Aiken and his fellow wide receivers likely made one decision even more difficult with their performances in the team's preseason finale, a 22-13 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2013
The story sounds almost preposterous — two sons of a lifelong football coach reach the highest level of the profession they inherited from dad and face each other in the biggest game on the planet. But that's exactly what will happen in two weeks when John Harbaugh's Ravens and Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens made this fantasy a reality Sunday evening with a deeply satisfying win over the same New England Patriots who sent them home in bitter defeat at the end of last season.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
As the Ravens get ready to take on the 49ers in New Orleans, officials back home are preparing to deal with what they hope will be a joyful - but not too rowdy - Super Bowl night. Baltimore police have extensive plans, including mounted patrols, helicopter and camera surveillance downtown, as well as in Fells Point, Federal Hill and Canton, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Police hope to keep people safe while they have a good time. "Come to the city, celebrate the victory," he said, but to avoid traffic, "come early.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2013
Joe Flacco must have been a strong enough draw Monday night to leave David Letterman wanting more Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl mojo. The "Late Show with David Letterman" Wednesday announced that Ravens coach John Harbaugh will be on Thursday night. Here's the release from CBS: John Harbaugh, head coach of the Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens, will visit the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN Thursday, Feb. 7 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  John Harbaugh and his younger brother Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, became the first pair of brothers to serve as head coaches in the NFL back in 2011 and made more headlines this year when they became the first brothers in NFL history to face each other in a Super Bowl, one which quickly became dubbed the “Harbaugh Bowl.”  The Ravens went on to defeat the 49ers Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII by a score of 34-31, giving the Ravens their second championship title in franchise history.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
The Ravens Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the highest rated telecast in Nielsen meter history, according to preliminary ratings from CBS. With almost one out of every two TV homes in the nation tuned to the game, it topped the Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh Super Bowl 2011 game.  The rating excludes the period from 8:45 to 9:15 p.m. when play was stopped because of a blackout in stadium lights. Here's the release from CBS: CBS Sports' coverage of Super Bowl XLVII featuring the BALTIMORE RAVENS, 34-31 win over the SAN FRANCISCO 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 3  (6:30-8:45 PM and 9:15-10:45 PM, ET)
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
1 - Player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 career interceptions 1 - Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award (SB XXXV) 2 - NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards (2000 and 2003) 2 - Super Bowl appearances (XXXV and XLVII) 4 - Career touchdowns, including postseason 5 - Seasons in which Lewis led the NFL in tackles 7 - Career 20-tackle games 10 - First-team or second-team All-Pro honors, tied for the most among linebackers 11 - Seasons with at least 150 tackles 13 - Pro Bowl selections, the most by a linebacker in NFL history 17 - Years with the Ravens, making him the longest-tenured NFL defensive player with his original team 25 - Players selected ahead of Lewis in the 1996 draft, including Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden 25 - His franchise record for tackles in a game (Sept.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Running back Anthony Allen , a key performer on the Ravens' highly successful special teams units last season, signed his exclusive rights free agent tender, the team announced today. Allen, a 24-year-old who the Ravens drafted out of Georgia Tech in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the team. He was one of the Ravens' most valuable and unheralded special teams players this past season. Allen was the lead blocker for Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones , who set a franchise record with three return touchdowns during the regular season.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
It was two years ago when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco outdueled San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Super Bowl XLVII and was named Most Valuable Player after delivering three touchdown passes and zero interceptions. During the Ravens' joint practice sessions with the 49ers that wrapped up Monday, Kaepernick said he remained impressed with how Flacco throws the football. "I like him as a quarterback," Kaepernick said. "He just sits back there and he picks people apart.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
San Francisco 49ers players walked around the Under Armour Performance Center on Saturday, following signs that directed them to destinations important over the next three days. Arrows pointed them to the dining area, the showers and the indoor training facility, which has been partially transformed to house San Francisco's locker and training rooms. Anquan Boldin didn't need the help. He knew his way around. It had been more than 16 months since the veteran wide receiver was last in the building, but Boldin was one 49er excited about the trip to the East Coast and the joint practices against the team with which he spent three seasons and won Super Bowl XLVII.
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By Ryan Bacic, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The event at the Under Armour campus in Baltimore played out like a fashion show and felt like a pep rally - replete with a standing-room-only crowd, bass-pumping music, thundersticks, Ravens cheerleaders and dance moves by mascot Poe. The end result, though, was all charity. With one athlete from each team acting as a model, Under Armour and the Ravens on Wednesday revealed the new uniforms they're donating to the varsity football and girls basketball programs of all 24 Baltimore public high schools.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
For three days, the Ravens will cede most of their first-floor meeting space at the Under Armour Performance Center to the San Francisco 49ers, the team they beat in Super Bowl XLVII 18 months ago. The teams will share a gym, showers, dining space and most notably, practice fields. And for several hours under the hot Maryland sun, the Ravens and 49ers will line up across from each other with jobs, reputations and scouting reports on the line. "It's going to be a great opportunity for us to improve," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith admits that he's unsure how the joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers, which will take play from Saturday to Monday at the Under Armour Performance Center, will work out. But he's knows what he could do to make them a little more intense. “I might wear my Super Bowl ring out to practice,” Smith joked. “Hopefully, Coach [John] Harbaugh's brother isn't mad at me for that call or non-call, whatever you want to call it.” Smith, of course, is referring to the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
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Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
Baltimore Ravens fans, here's a sale for you. The Ravens plan to offer hundreds of items at discounted prices during a special merchandise sale Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. The team will offer some items to the public for the first time, including equipment worn by players and locker room-issued apparel. Look for 2012 and 2013 season merchandise as well, including Super Bowl XLVII items. "The Ravens used to outsource our merchandising, and no longer do," Heather Harness, the team's senior manager of advertising and branding, said in an email. "Now that we control our pricing, we can offer our fans some really great prices.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | January 29, 2013
Ravens fans who also want to bring their purple passion to a cause can purchase a special edition Super Bowl XLVII T-shirt to benefit The Brigance Brigade Foundation, created by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda. All proceeds from sales of the $20 T-shirt go to the foundation, which raises funds to support and improve the quality of life for patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and their families by providing needed equipment, resource guidance and services.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers will stay in the Baltimore area for several days following their Aug. 7 preseason matchup against the Ravens to participate in joint practices with the team that beat them in Super Bowl XLVII. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said his team will return the favor, possibly as early as next year's training camp. "We will go back to San Francisco at some point in time -- probably next year," Harbaugh said. "We're looking forward to it. " The Ravens have never participated in joint practices with any team, although they did have scrimmages with the Washington Redskins.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The Ravens contacted Haloti Ngata's representatives earlier this offseason to begin contract extension talks that the team hoped would allow the 30-year-old defensive lineman to finish his career in Baltimore. Those talks, aimed at reducing Ngata's team-high $16 million salary cap number in each of the final two years of his deal and extending his stay in the purple and black, didn't get very far. But as he's preparing for his ninth NFL season with the Ravens, Ngata said he'd like nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of his closest friend on the team, Terrell Suggs, and sign a contract extension to end his career in the same place it began.
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