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Matt Birk was done a year ago, ready to retire.
Or so it seemed. Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly told a vast television audience before Baltimore's first playoff game that Birk would step into retirement after the Ravens completed their postseason run.
''That report didn't come from me,'' Birk said recently with a smirk.
Obviously not. The veteran center decided last offseason to return for at least one more year, and now he's poised to play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday.
And then, after his caps his 15th NFL season by banging helmets against the defensive line of the San Francisco 49ers, Birk will determine once again whether to take his scarred and weary body into retirement.
''I mean, I always say that I'm playing until I'm not,'' the 36-year-old Harvard grad said in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. ''Every year is just exhausting, and after the way our season ended last year (a loss in the AFC...
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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will retire in style with these gold-colored cleats that he’ll wear against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Under Armour’s FW13 cleats tell much of Lewis’ story. Lewis' kicks have “Psalms 91” on the toe — just like the T-shirt he wore under his pads during his final home game on Jan. 6.
The Ravens are focused on the Super Bowl, but here's a look at the draft.
Here is my first look at the NFL Draft. There are a lot of teams that need quarterbacks this year. The problem, there are not enough QB's in the draft.
I expect to see teams trying to trade down, will they have any takers?
1. Chiefs - Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State...
The Baltimore Ravens were turning out the lights on the San Francisco 49ers early in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII when the power inside the Louisiana Superdome did just that.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, an outage delayed the playing of the game. The power failed at 13:28 of the third quarter with the Ravens holding a 28-6 lead.
Emergency lighting illuminated...
Looking for the longest kick return in Super Bowl history? Well, we here at Outside the Boxscore have it for you as Baltimore Ravens returner Jacoby Jones decided to take the opening second half kickoff back 108 yards for the score setting the record: For those of you wondering who the previous record belonged to, it was Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester in Super Bowl XLI:
It appears that the NFL Network was not okay with the results from Super Bowl XXLVII and preferred that the San Francisco 49ers would be the Super Bowl winners rather than the Baltimore Ravens. It’s okay, it’s only the biggest game of the year, perfect time to not double-check what you’re reporting.[Photo via: @bubbaprog]
It was a tale of two halves Sunday at Super Bowl XLVII… As Baltimore totally dominated the first 30 minutes taking a 21-6 lead into halftime it looked as though the Ravens put the final nail into the San Francisco coffin when Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown tying an [...]
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NEW ORLEANS -- When the power went out at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was lighting up the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Flacco was continuing his torrid postseason, as he had 13 completions in 20 attempts with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 135.8 at the time of the 32-minute delay. The Ravens led 28-6 with 13:22 to play...
Despite the fact that the Ravens’ defense owned the 49ers’ offense in the first half of Sunday night’s Super Bowl, San Francisco running back Frank Gore claims they let the Ravens win. “They got away with one,” said Gore, via The Associated Press, per NFL.com. “We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.” Gore was shut...
There will be no Mannings, not at Super Bowl XLVII.
It’s brother vs. brother, certainly, a historic Super Bowl tale of opposing coaches. You could say it’s brotherly love, a moment when John Harbaugh, coach of the Baltimore Ravens, will stand across the field from Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday to fight for a possession of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a 22...
When news broke earlier this week that Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed could see himself playing for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, many took it and ran with it. Assuming that Reed already has one foot out the door ready to head to New England at the conclusion of the Super Bowl. The Ravens [...]