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Ravens center Matt Birk will get his first chance at a Super Bowl ring after a 15-year career. (AP Photo)
Ravens center Matt Birk will be one of the most storied players in Super Bowl XLVII… or at least he should be. The veteran will make his first appearance in the Super Bowl after 15 years in the league. He’s started in every game the last seven seasons, and he was the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
He’s the type of guy NFL fans should be hearing about. In wake of his team’s appearance of the Super Bowl, Birk talked with USA Today Sports about the upcoming game against the 49ers, and dished out some quality analysis.
“It should be a bloodbath,” Birk said. “They are good. heir defense brings it. They’re as good a defense as I’ve ever played against.”
Birk’s right. This game is going to be quite the bout. The two teams are full of steam, physical, and down right nasty.
It’ll be the speed of the option against the veterans of the Ravens defense when Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the 49ers offense is on the field. On the other end, it’s the physical 49ers defense with the most powerful front seven in the league against a red-hot Joe Flacco.
“It will definitely be a physical game,” defensive lineman Haloti Ngata said via USA Today Sports. “Their line is huge and physical, and Gore is one of the best running backs in the league. And they also have a fast runner in LaMichael James.”
The Ravens have prepared with multiple physically demanding practices this week before they travel to New Orleans on Monday. On Friday, the Ravens went with a fully padded, which was followed by a shelled practice on Saturday.
The grueling practices are just one example of these team’s physicality. It’s sure to be a “bloodbath”, Matt. It sure is.
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Each year during the feeding frenzy that is the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, there are always a character or two from each team that provides a few moments of bizarre behavior and/or comedy.
The runaway winner this year thus far is Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.
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The question is: Are we ready for what he has to say?
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Saturday Night Live decided to spoof Super Bowl bound Baltimore Ravens legend Ray Lewis.Keenan Thompson took on the duties in the “Weekend Update with Seth Meyers segment. Keenan donned Lewis’ trade mark skully and thick eye black plus found a way to get Lewis’ famous squirrel dance in.
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Check out this guy’s haircut that was created to look like Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. His barber ought to be an artist. The barber shaved an almost perfect portrait of Lewis on the back of the customer’s head. He added Lewis’ No. 52 on the side. Now that’s a tribute.
Peter King from Sports Illustrated believes Ravens safety Ed Reed will test the open market when he becomes a free agent this offseason.Fantasy Spin:King mentioned New England as a possible destination for the nine-time Pro Bowler. Reed will be playing in his first Super Bowl next week in Miami.
San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
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Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco 49ers
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