“The Ravens are going to win the Super Bowl -- not because they are the superior team, but because they have a collective spirit that is defiant, resilient and resoundingly powerful,” Silver wrote. “I've suspected that they were a special team since late November, when I stood on the Qualcomm Stadium sidelines and watched them win a game that required Ray Rice to pick up a first down on a fourth-and-29 checkdown from Joe Flacco. I've seen them battle through the heartbreaking disappointment of last season's AFC championship game defeat to the [New England Patriots] and channel the emotion of Ray Lewis' last ride, and I'm a believer.”
--- Alex Marvez of FOX Sports writes that there is never a dry moment when you’re around Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs.
“If in the mood, Suggs can be thoughtful and articulate when dealing with the media,” he wrote. “And then there is T-Sizzle -- a defensive terror who also fits many of the brutish stereotypes to which he alluded. The tattoo-covered Suggs often comes across as a goofball with outrageous comments and antics done either for attention or to amuse himself. For example, he sported teammate Haloti Ngata’s jersey for a team photograph during the regular season. Suggs sings constantly … Suggs can trash-talk with the best of them, too. He made sure the world knew his feelings toward New England when screaming that the Patriots were a bunch of “arrogant [expletives]” en route to the locker room following Baltimore’s AFC Championship Game victory.”
--- Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that the Ravens offensive line is playing big and allowing Joe Flacco to play big, too.
“The Baltimore Ravens had major problems on the offensive line for most of the second half of the 2012 season. In one five-game stretch, including a three-game losing streak, they allowed 15 sacks. There was no consistency. The tackles were struggling. Joe Flacco was getting hit,” he wrote. “In the postseason, there has been little of that. Flacco has been sacked four times, with two of those actually on him. The improved play of the Baltimore line is a big reason why Flacco has been so good in the playoffs and why the Ravens are in Super Bowl XLVII. ... The revamped line has protected Flacco so well he has been a deep-ball assassin. That takes time.”
“An apocalypse has been averted (according to the Mayan calendar) and a president has been inaugurated since Smith last sacked a quarterback. It will have been 56 days, come Super Sunday -- three regular season games and two playoff contests -- since [Smith] deposited Miami's Ryan Tannehill on his backside not once but twice on Dec. 9. Since then, nada,” he wrote. “If the Niners can't get heat on Flacco, they'll be in trouble.”
--- Greg Garber of ESPN writes about how Ray Lewis got his first career sack against 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in 1996.
“Seventeen years ago, on Oct. 13, 1996, Baltimore's rookie middle linebacker tackled the Colts quarterback for his first career sack. In Sunday's Super Bowl, Lewis has a chance to achieve some poignant symmetry in what he has billed as his last game -- a final career sack against Jim Harbaugh's 49ers,” Garber wrote. “It's a minor thread in the grand scheme of things, perhaps, but it's another example of the NFL's mysterious circle of life. It was only a single play, one of more than 15,000 in his career, one of more than 2,500 tackles from one of 248 games, but it remains a milestone that Lewis clearly cherishes. Harbaugh? Not so much.”