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Super Bowl Capsule

Super Bowl Capsule

BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-6) vs. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4-1)

Sunday, 6:30 p.m., CBS, New Orleans

OPENING LINE - San Francisco by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 9-10-0; San Francisco 11-7-0

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens, No. 11; 49ers, No. 3

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat 49ers 16-6, Nov. 24, 2011

LAST GAME - Ravens beat Patriots 28-13; 49ers beat Falcons 28-24

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (5), PASS (7)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (10), PASS (8)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (23)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers back to first Super Bowl in 18 years, perfect 5-0 in Super Bowl history during 1980s and 90s behind Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young. ... Baltimore in second Super Bowl; beat New York Giants 34-7 in 2001 Super Bowl. ... First matchup of teams in Super Bowl. ... San Francisco's five Super Bowl wins tied for second most in NFL history. Pittsburgh has six titles and Dallas also has five. ... Ravens have won last three meetings. ... Ravens QB Joe Flacco's six postseason road wins most in playoff history. Thrown for eight touchdowns with no interceptions in playoffs for 114.7 passer rating this postseason. Flacco only QB to win playoff game in each of first five seasons. ... ``Harbowl'' or ``Superbaugh'' features pair of coaching brothers for first time - Ravens' John Harbaugh, 49ers' Jim Harbaugh. ... Victory by Ravens and John Harbaugh will pass Tom Flores (8) for most postseason wins by head coach in first five seasons. ... Flacco has 8-4 postseason record. With win, he would tie Tom Brady for most playoff wins by quarterback in first five NFL seasons with nine. Flacco had career-best 3,817 yards passing this season, second-most in franchise history. Baltimore 32-3 overall in regular season and playoffs when Flacco has passer rating of at least 100. ... In only career meeting vs. 49ers, Flacco posted 100.1 passer rating. ... Ravens Ray Lewis' final game before retirement. Had 14 tackles in AFC title game vs. Patriots and has 44 in three postseason games after missing 10 weeks with torn right triceps muscle. Was Super Bowl MVP after 2000 season. Performs signature ``Squirrel Dance.''... Lewis and 49ers defensive star counterpart, Patrick Willis, share jersey No. 52 and are good friends. ... 49ers second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick makes 10th career start. Is 7-2 as a starter with 101.2 passer rating, 13 touchdowns, four interceptions, and 440 yards rushing with four TDs. ... San Francisco CBs Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver each have INT this postseason. Culliver had first career postseason INT in NFC championship. ... Ravens WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 198 yards and two TDs in postseason. Averaging 22.2 yards per catch in five career postseason games (13 receptions, 289 yards). ... 49ers rallied from 17-0 deficit to win at Atlanta for NFC championship, second-largest comeback to win a conference title behind Indianapolis, which erased 18-point deficit against Patriots in 2006. ... San Francisco was one of three teams in NFL to have same five starting offensive linemen every game, along with Jets and Minnesota. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin averaging 92 yards receiving in three playoff games this season. In postseason career, has 46 catches for 702 yards and six TDs. Had eight catches for 84 yards in 2009 Super Bowl with Cardinals. ... Boldin has seven regular-season TD catches against 49ers for most against any opponent. ... 49ers held to 170 net yards of offense in Thanksgiving night loss at Baltimore in 2011, first and only previous meeting of Harbaugh brothers in NFL. ... Ravens tied franchise record with nine sacks to end San Francisco's eight-game winning streak in '11 meeting. ... Jim Harbaugh played QB for Ravens in 1998. ... New Orleans hosts 10th Super Bowl, tied for most with Miami.

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Three reasons why it made sense for Ravens to add LT Long

Three reasons why it made sense for Ravens to add LT Long

Jake Long was once a premier left tackle in the NFL, but he is projected to be Ronnie Stanley’s backup after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Ravens.

Here are three reasons why the Ravens felt they needed to sign Long, who will join the team for Thursday’s first full-team practice pending the outcome of his physical:

1. The Ravens needed insurance in case Stanley is injured or struggles.

Early reviews on Stanley have been good. But we’ll learn more about Stanley as he faces veterans on a consistent basis during training camp and the preseason.

The Ravens relied on James Hurst as their backup left tackle the past two seasons, but they wanted more security. Even after recent knee injuries, Long is simply more talented than Hurst.

2. Long can be a veteran mentor for Stanley.

As the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, Long knows the pressure and expectations Stanley is dealing with. When Stanley has questions, Long will be a go-to guy.

3. With quarterback Joe Flacco returning from a serious knee injury, the Ravens can’t take chances protecting his blindside.

If Flacco suffers another season-ending injury, all the talent upgrades they made this offseason won’t matter.

There’s a chance Flacco’s mobility may be hindered, especially early in the season. Adding Long makes the Ravens feel more confident about keeping Flacco healthy.

RELATED: FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE TRAINING CAMP STARTS

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Five questions to ask as Ravens open training camp

Five questions to ask as Ravens open training camp

Veterans report to Ravens training camp Wednesday, with the first full-squad practice Thursday morning. Here are five questions to ask as the Ravens try to bounce back from a 5-11 season.

1. Does the influx of new talent make the Ravens playoff contenders again?

The Ravens were more aggressive early in free agency than usual, signing safety Eric Weddle, wide receiver Mike Wallace, and tight end Ben Watson. Then they loaded up on young talent with 11 draft picks, including left tackle Ronnie Stanley who is expected to start, linebacker Kamalei Correa who should see significant playing time, and running back Kenneth Dixon who has intriguing potential. The Ravens are a better football team, but I still question if they’re good enough to make the playoffs.  In order to make the postseason, the Ravens simply must get significant contributions from a host of new players.  

2. Is quarterback Joe Flacco ready to have a stellar season coming off knee surgery?

It’s a great sign that Flacco is ready for camp. His reps may be monitored early in camp and his preseason playing time figures to be limited. But when the regular season begins, the Ravens will need Flacco to have a solid season, maybe his best for the Ravens to make the playoffs. If Flacco has any lingering doubt about how his knee will hold up, those doubts need to be erased between now and Week 1.

3. How will key players on PUP perform once they return?

Four players currently on the PUP list are expected to play crucial roles – wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman, and linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Smith is 37 years old, Suggs is 33, Dumervil is 32, and Perriman has yet to play an NFL down due to knee injuries. The Ravens’ playoff prospects are better if they can squeeze another quality year out of their injured vets, and if Perriman finally plays.

4. Who starts at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley?

That could be the biggest question mark in the starting lineup. The Ravens are deep at running back and tight end, so who starts doesn’t matter as much. But the release of veteran Daryl Smith, now with the Buccaneers, leaves a void at inside linebacker. Zach Orr has the inside track to start, Arthur Brown is getting one more chance, and Correa could be moved inside. But if none of those players rise up, general manager Ozzie Newsome could be forced to sign a veteran.

5. How will the new-look left side of the offensive line gel?

Stanley is a rookie left tackle. They’ll be a new starter at left guard, as John Urschel, Ryan Jensen, and perhaps rookie Alex Lewis battle to replace Kelechi Osemele, who was lost to the Raiders in free agency. It’s not surprising the Ravens felt they needed to sign veteran left tackle Jake Long as insurance.  To protect Flacco and run the ball effectively, the new-look left side of the offensive line must play well.

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Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Report: Boldin to sign with Lions

Former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is back for a 14th season.

Boldin, who turns 36 in October, will sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In Detroit, Boldin will be reunited with Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who became the Ravens offensive coordinator during their run to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.

The Lions had a major void at wide receiver with All-Pro Calvin Johnson's retirement.

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A former second-round draft pick, Boldin spent seven seasons with the Cardinals before the Ravens traded for him in 2010. In three seasons with the Ravens, Boldin averaged 62 catches and 882 yards. He came up huge in the 2012 playoff run, with a team-best 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl win over the 49ers.

After that Super Bowl run, though, Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin led the 49ers in catches and receiving yards in each of the past three years. He had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers in 2013 and 2014, leading many to question the Ravens decision to trade him. Last season, Boldin led the 49ers with 69 catches for 789 yards.

Boldin enters this season ranked 17th in NFL history with 13,195 receiving yards. One of the few players ahead of him is current Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr., who ranks 11th (13,392). Boldin last season became the 13th player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions and now has 1,009. Smith, incidentally, needs 39 catches this season join Boldin in the 1,000-catch club.

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