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.

Ravens like their draft class, and so did Vegas sports books

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Ravens like their draft class, and so did Vegas sports books

The Ravens liked their draft, and so did Las Vegas.

In mid-March prior to the draft, the Ravens had 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl 51, according to Bovada. After their 11-player haul in the draft, the Ravens’ Super Bowl odds have improved to 33-1, according to Bovada.

Here are the six teams whose Super Bowl odds improved most dramatically after the draft, according to Bovada:

Browns – 150-1 to 100-1

Redskins – 50-1 to 40-1

Jets – 50-1 to 40-1

Giants - 33-1 to 25-1

Raiders – 33-1 to 25-1

Ravens – 40-1 to 33-1

Despite quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being upheld, the Patriots remained the favorites for Super Bowl 51 (7-1), followed by the Seahawks (8-1), Packers (10-1), Steelers (10-1), and Panthers (11-1).

As for the AFC North, the Ravens still have their work cut out according to Vegas. The Steelers and Bengals (18-1) still have better Super Bowl odds than the Ravens.

So if you believe the Ravens are a better team after the draft, Vegas would agree. However, it remains to be seen if the Ravens will be improved enough to get back into the playoffs.

Ravens draft research includes digging into players' social media history

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Ravens draft research includes digging into players' social media history

Ten years ago, Ozzie Newsome didn’t have to worry about checking the Twitter posts of players he was thinking about drafting. Now, checking social media has become part of a general manager’s job, and part of a prospective draft prospect’s resume.

What better example than last week, when the infamous gas mask picture of Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil appeared on social media less than an hour before the draft. The Ravens passed on Tunsil and took left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the sixth pick. Tunsil, who once looked like a sure top-five pick, plummeted to No. 13 where the Dolphins took him.

On the Ravens’ website, Ravens senior vice president Kevin Byrne wrote that he stopped by Newsome’s offense last Wednesday, one day before the draft, and saw him with a stack of papers in front of him.

When Byrne asked Newsome what he was reading, he responded, “Tweets from the college players. Some of these guys aren’t very smart. Part of our research.”

Researching social media will continue to be part of Newsome’s pre-draft process. Newsome isn’t active on social media, but he definitely reads it, now more than ever.

Ravens give Steve Smith a lightsaber in incredible May the 4th video

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Ravens give Steve Smith a lightsaber in incredible May the 4th video

It's not even noon and the Ravens have already won the Internet for today.

The team account tweeted out an incredible video of Steve Smith and Bengals DB Adam Jones battling for a touchdown with lightsabers, then followed it up with Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and C-3PO gathered around a hologram of Terrell Suggs dancing. 

These are PERFECT. Such attention to detail! Do you see Smith's purple lightsaber? 

For those of you wondering where the Jedi moves came from, today is May 4, also known as Star Wars Day (#MayThe4thBeWithYou, get it?). The whole Internet is geeking out over the movies today, so brace yourself (and follow the Ravens).