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Ravens hold second-to-last full practice before Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS - No one was missing from practice as the Ravens split Thursday's work between Tulane University and the grass fields at the Saints' training facility. The Ravens held their walkthrough at Tulane, but because of issues with practicing on the FieldTurf there, the team requested improved practice conditions, and the NFL complied. The 49ers are also practicing at the Saints' complex, so the

Flacco didn't think about contract while putting together strong season

NEW ORLEANS - Joe Flacco's pending free agency could've felt like a gamble after he tabled negotiations and decided to go ahead with his season without the security of a long-term deal. He could've been injured. He could've been ineffective. A number of things could've happened. But instead, he gambled and won, taking the Ravens to the Super Bowl following one of his best regular

Ravens move practice to Saints' facility

NEW ORLEANS - The Super Bowl will be played indoors at the Superdome on Sunday, and now the Ravens will be practicing in conditions much closer to that. After one day of practicing outdoors at Tulane University - on a baseball field because the football field is under construction - the Ravens will be relocating to the New Orleans Saints training facility, where the 49ers

Rehabbing Webb says he's doing well, feels part of Super Bowl while out

NEW ORLEANS - The loss of Lardarius Webb to torn knee ligaments in October was a big one for the Ravens. The good news? Even though Baltimore's top cornerback won't be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, he says he's on pace for the start of next season. "I am coming back next season and everything is great," Webb said Thursday. "I'm doing good (physically). I'm

Reed rips NFL over his fines this season, talks about his future

NEW ORLEANS - Ed Reed is always good for some controversial comments, and this week has been no different, especially Thursday at the final Ravens player availability before the Super Bowl. The future Hall of Fame safety shared some strong words about the number of times he's been fined for high hits this season and also discussed the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere next

Harbaugh parents neutral down the line

NEW ORLEANS - The parents of the dueling coaches in the upcoming Harbowl will be experiencing a range of emotions Sunday night. On one side, they'll be as proud as can be of a son winning a Super Bowl, and on the other side, they'll be sympathizing for whichever son is the runner-up. Jack and Jackie Harbaugh will even be careful about what they wear

Tucker on rookie success: "I've just been trying to stick around every single week"

NEW ORLEANS - One of the many decisions that has gotten the Ravens to this point was John Harbaugh's move to go with kicker Justin Tucker over Billy Cundiff. Tucker was an undrafted rookie out of the University of Texas and Cundiff was a former All-Pro who was coming off the kind of untimely miss that can wreck one's confidence. Tucker went on to have

Pollard: Team meeting before bye week was "turning point" for the Ravens (Ngata, too)

NEW ORLEANS - Back in November, there was buzz that the Ravens experienced a near mutiny leading up to their Oct. 28 bye week. Reports indicated that coach John Harbaugh and his coaching staff faced a disgruntled group of players, and instead of letting it get adversarial, he heard them out in a productive give and take. The Ravens went on to win the next

Birk still unsure about whether he'll be back for 16th season

NEW ORLEANS - At 36 and in his 15th NFL season, Matt Birk is about to play in his first Super Bowl. Like Ray Lewis and perhaps Ed Reed, it would make for a storybook finish to a long and accomplished career for the Ravens' six-time Pro Bowl center. But Birk remains uncertain about whether he'll continue playing football beyond Sunday or not. Part of

Ray Lewis vehemently denies using deer antler extract

NEW ORLEANS - Ray Lewis probably knew his one-line brush-off Tuesday wouldn't close the door on buzz about the Sports Illustrated report alleging he might've used a deer antler extract containing a banned substance. The Ravens linebacker provided a more extensive answer at Wednesday morning's availability, attempting to discredit Mitch Ross and S.W.A.T.S., which produces the extract. "I'm going to say it very clearly again.

SI's David Epstein says he's "100 percent" behind Lewis story

NEW ORLEANS - While Ray Lewis wasn't willing to comment extensively on the Sports Illustrated report that he might've used an illegal substance to return from his torn triceps, David Epstein, the co-writer of the piece, spoke at length about it on WBAL Radio on Tuesday. Epstein explained how the Ravens linebacker is linked to the story. "In the piece, Ray Lewis, who these guys

More from Ray Lewis on Madden, SNL, change since incident in Atlanta

NEW ORLEANS - Ray Lewis addressed a number of topics while holding court at Media Day on Tuesday, ranging everywhere from the Ravens' run to the Super Bowl to his own life and whether anyone calls him Raymond. Here's a sampling from Lewis, who spoke extensively about how he has changed over the course of his career. Starting with the lighter side, Lewis said he

Newsome on Flacco: "He'll be playing football for us next year" (update)

NEW ORLEANS - General manager Ozzie Newsome left little doubt about Joe Flacco's future with the Ravens at Tuesday's Media Day. Although Flacco will be a free agent after the Super Bowl, Newsome said the quarterback won't be going anywhere. "I can say this, Joe and I are in a good spot," Newsome said. "I did Jonathan Ogden's contract, I did Ray Lewis' contract, I

Nothing but odd moments at Ed Reed's podium

NEW ORLEANS - Following the seriousness of the report about Ray Lewis, let's visit one of the more odd settings of Media Day: Ed Reed's podium. Catch the last few minutes of the Ravens safety's session and you'd think he was punch drunk, that is, if you haven't been around Reed before. Reed certainly enjoyed his fishbowl hour in front of the press. "This has

Ray Lewis brushes off question about reported use of banned substance

NEW ORLEANS - So Media Day at the Superdome has come to a close. The mayhem of the mass amount of broadcast, print and Internet media and the mixture of both pertinent questions and absurd ones is over for one day. While some might wonder about Ravens coach John Harbaugh's favorite offseason meal or Anquan Boldin's favorite color, we might get to that later. First

Ravens thankful for warm sendoff from fans in Baltimore

NEW ORLEANS - Unless they were among the lucky ones to get Super Bowl tickets, Monday's Inner Harbor rally was the fans' last chance to wish their Ravens well. And according to the many news outlets in attendance, thousands gathered to send the Ravens off to New Orleans, where they'll spend the week preparing for the title tilt with the 49ers. Several players were touched

Touched down in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - That dateline will be a mainstay on this blog until Feb. 5, as MASNsports.com is now set up in The Big Easy for Super Bowl week. The blitz will really begin tomorrow at Media Day and run through Sunday. For now, until I can share some of the quotes from the Ravens' touch-down (not touchdown) earlier today, I'll pass along one final

Super Bowl week has arrived

Afternoon, all. Writing to you from BWI Airport as I await my flight to New Orleans. MASNsports.com will be on site at the Super Bowl all week to provide you with updates, insights, features and the like as the Ravens and 49ers prepare for the big game Sunday. There will be media availability every day leading up to the contest that determines which team is

Ravens hold final home practice, to head to New Orleans on Monday

After all the mini-camps, practices, meetings and workouts in the familiar confines of the Under Armour Performance Center, the time has just about arrived for the Ravens to head to New Orleans for one last week of Super Bowl prep. Baltimore leaves for Louisiana on Monday following what coach John Harbaugh called a great week of practice. "You have to practice well to play well,

Special week ahead for Ravens

The next week could very well rival any in Ravens history. The Super Bowl alone would make it a special one, but franchise icon Ray Lewis will be playing in his final game while both longtime Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden and former owner Art Modell could be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next Saturday. General manager Ozzie Newsome is geared up for

Flacco to naysayers: "I plan on being around for a while"

Joe Flacco is the first quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons. His career postseason mark is 8-4 and now, he's about to appear in his first Super Bowl in large part because of his own performance - 853 passing yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions in three contests. This week, Flacco had strong words when

Newsome OK with NFL leadership opportunities available to African Americans

Ravens executive Ozzie Newsome was the first African American general manager in the NFL, and on Friday, he weighed in on the leadership opportunities available to African Americans in the league amid increasing chatter that the Rooney Rule needs to change. The Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior front office openings. Despite plentiful coaching and management openings

Ozzie Newsome's thoughts on this year's AFC champion Ravens

As the architect of this year's AFC champion Ravens, general manager Ozzie Newsome's opinion of the team counts for something. Newsome provided an assortment of thoughts about the Super Bowl-bound squad on Friday morning at the Under Armour Performance Center. What makes this team special and has allowed it to run through the AFC playoffs to reach its second Super Sunday? "I think this team,

Ozzie Newsome addresses Cam Cameron's firing

General manager Ozzie Newsome met with the local media Friday morning to talk about the Ravens' journey to their second appearance in the Super Bowl. The nearly half-hour session covered a number of topics, from the makeup of this team to Newsome's accomplishments as a general manager to Newsome's views on the number of African Americans in NFL leadership roles. Those will be covered in

Ravens have Lombardi Trophy removed from their building

When a CBS crew brought an unengraved Lombardi Trophy into the Under Armour Performance Center on Wednesday, Ray Lewis was having none of it. The Ravens' star linebacker had the trophy awarded annually to the Super Bowl winner removed from the building rather than allowing his teammates to take promotional photos with it. "You see everybody wants to have you take pictures with it. And

Ed Reed: "I'll be playing next year"

Playing off Ray Lewis' announcement that this would be his last ride, Ed Reed was asked Thursday whether the Super Bowl will be his. "No, it's not my last ride. I just bought a bike," Reed joked. The Ravens' 11th-year safety was later asked to clarify those comments, and that he did. "I'll be playing next year, if that's what you're asking," Reed said. So

Boldin carving out his place in Ravens history

So Anquan Boldin hasn't been the 80-catch, 1,000-yard receiver he was with the Cardinals since coming to Baltimore. He hasn't needed to be. Plentiful offensive weapons make him one part, not the central one. What Boldin has done is create a different legacy with the team as the greatest receiver in Ravens postseason history. During the current playoff run, Boldin has 16 catches for 276

Ravens looking ahead toward "different" preparation for Super Bowl

A typical week for the Ravens involves meetings on Monday, a day off Tuesday, practice and prep Wednesday through Friday and a game on Sunday. The next two weeks will be anything but typical. With all the hype, attention and pageantry, the Super Bowl is far different from any normal game, and so is the preparation, especially because the game won't be played until Feb.

Jim Caldwell to return as Ravens offensive coordinator, Juan Castillo to join staff

Coach John Harbaugh waited until the very last moment of his Monday press conference to drop in the biggest news of the day. Jim Caldwell will return as Ravens offensive coordinator next season and beyond. Caldwell has filled the post since Cam Cameron was fired on Dec. 10. Baltimore lost 34-17 to Denver his first week on the job, but has put up big numbers

Flacco capitalizes on decision to open up offense in AFC championship

For a stretch of 13 minutes, 36 seconds in the second half of Sunday's AFC championship, Joe Flacco couldn't be stopped. After attempting just 12 passes in the first half, the Ravens decided to open up the air attack and Flacco made sure that looked like the right call. Beginning with 9:51 to go in the third quarter until 11:13 remained in the game, Flacco

Pollard: Brady "knew what he was doing" when kicking Reed

Late in the first half of Sunday's AFC championship, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scrambled for three yards and ended it with a slide. But this wasn't an ordinary slide. Brady lifted his right leg and kicked Ravens safety Ed Reed. There was no penalty called, but those in attendance at Gillette Stadium noticed. Fellow Baltimore safety Bernard Pollard took exception to Brady's conduct and believes

Ravens set up Super finish to Ray Lewis' career

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - A trip to New Orleans seemed like a fantasy or a pipe dream. Linebacker Ray Lewis came back from what many assumed was a season-ending - and perhaps career-ending - triceps injury to make one final championship run with the Ravens before riding off into the sunset of football commentating and watching his sons play the game. And now, Lewis' last game

Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl coming to New Orleans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Last year, when the Ravens and 49ers both reached the conference championship round, the hype began: John Harbaugh versus Jim Harbaugh, brother versus brother, mano a mano in the Super Bowl. It didn't pan out as both teams lost and the Giants went on to beat the Patriots for the crown. This year, it has become reality. Baltimore will meet San Francisco

Second-half turnaround sends Ravens past Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - When the Ravens went into halftime down 13-7, it seemed like they were lucky to be in a game so close. Despite outplaying Baltimore, the Patriots let the Ravens hang around until the moment they began performing more like the team that topped the Colts and Broncos in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Ravens won the second half in

Ravens top Pats 28-13, to face 49ers in all-Harbaugh Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Ravens were able to right what many in their locker room considered a massive wrong. One year after suffering a painful defeat to the Patriots in the AFC championship, Baltimore returned to Gillette Stadium on Sunday night and toppled New England 28-13 to earn its second Super Bowl berth. The Ravens overcame an ugly first half where they managed to stay

Flacco, Pitta give Ravens 14-13 lead (Boldin again and it's 21-13)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots put themselves in dangerous position by not capitalizing on quality drives with touchdowns, and the Ravens have made them sorry. Baltimore just reclaimed the lead at 14-13 on a Joe Flacco 5-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta with 6:14 to go in the third quarter. That capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive that lasted 3:49 and was jump-started by a 15-yard

Despite sluggish first half, Ravens trail just 13-7

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Ravens haven't passed the ball especially well, haven't run the ball too effectively and haven't stopped the Patriots, either. Yet they'll head to the second half trailing just 13-7 and will open the third quarter with the ball. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski booted a 25-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to extend New England's lead. The Ravens have

Patriots out to early lead (Ravens fall behind 10-7)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Three possessions into tonight's AFC championship, the Patriots took a 3-0 lead on Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal. That closed a 13-play, 67-yard New England drive that chewed 5:03 off the clock. Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd found some chemistry during the series, connecting three times for 37 yards. A block in the back on the ensuing kickoff has the Ravens backed

Ellerbe, Pierce active for AFC championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - As coach John Harbaugh pretty much said, the Ravens will be at full strength for tonight's AFC championship at Gillette Stadium. Both linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and running back Bernard Pierce are active after being listed as questionable on the Friday injury report. No surprises on the inactive list. Safety Omar Brown, defensive tackle Bryan Hall, linebacker Adrian Hamilton, offensive lineman Ramon Harewood,

Some optimistic pregame Ravens stats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - One last time before tonight's game gets under way, let's take a look back at some quick numbers from the Ravens' playoff run so far. * This postseason, Baltimore ranks second in the NFL in total offense with 459 yards per game, including 296.5 passing yards, through two contests. * The big play has been a significant part of Baltimore's prolific passing

Groundhog Day, Ravens-Patriots style

After all the hype surrounding Sunday's AFC championship rematch with the Patriots, it's time to take a look at what the Ravens are up against. As of Friday, New England remained an eight-point favorite. That seems fair considering the Pats averaged nearly 20 more yards and five more points than any other team in the league during the regular season and rolled up 41 points

Ellerbe, Leach, Pierce, D. Reed questionable for AFC championship

Aside from seldom-used cornerback Asa Jackson, the Ravens appear to be heading into Sunday's AFC championship at full health. Jackson (thigh) is the only player Baltimore has ruled out for the rematch with the Patriots. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle/back), fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ankle), running back Bernard Pierce (knee) and wideout David Reed (thigh) were listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. Sixteen others were listed

Is Ray Lewis' last ride fueling Ravens' playoff run?

The way the Ravens finished the regular season, many doubted that they'd present much of a Super Bowl threat. Four losses in five games will do that. Yet, Baltimore is perhaps the story of the playoffs, topping two of the NFL's hottest teams to advance to their second straight AFC championship game. Linebacker Ray Lewis' impending retirement has enhanced that story, but how much has

Corey Graham happy to shed special-teamer tag attached to him in Chicago

Corey Graham came to Baltimore as a free agent in March 2012 because he believed he could do more than the Chicago Bears wanted him to do. Graham, a Pro Bowl special teams performer, was looking for a chance to play cornerback - something at which he excelled when given the opportunity as a Bear. But since 2008, when he finished with a career-high 93

Flacco the right quarterback for Ravens

When Joe Flacco becomes a free agent at the end of this playoff run, the Ravens won't hesitate to do everything they can to keep him, and that is the absolute right move. Flacco is the best possible starting quarterback an organization as successful as the Ravens can find. Brett Favres, Peyton Mannings and Tom Bradys aren't available in every draft, and with the way

Ngata thinks retiring Ray Lewis has more left in the tank

When Ray Lewis announced on Jan. 2 that he'd retire after this year's playoffs, he said he felt like he had more than four games left in him, but was choosing to call it a career now. The veteran Ravens linebacker isn't the only one to voice that opinion. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata thinks Lewis is capable of playing an 18th year or even a

Adversity-packed 12 months leads Ravens back to Foxborough

Beginning with kicker Billy Cundiff's career-damaging miss, or perhaps wideout Lee Evans' drop moments before, Jan. 22, 2012 began a tumultuous year for the Ravens. And still, here Baltimore stands, right back where it was 12 months ago - heading to Foxborough, Mass., to face the New England Patriots in the AFC championship. The Ravens have endured more than anyone's fair share of adversity since

Harbaugh believes Ravens-Patriots has grown into a rivalry

Over the last four seasons, the Ravens have played the Patriots nearly as many times as some division opponents. This Sunday's AFC championship rematch will mark the sixth meeting between Baltimore and New England since 2009, the third time in the playoffs. Of the Ravens' last nine playoff contests, three have been against the Patriots. "We've been there a number of times. It's definitely grown

Ngata: Ravens were hoping to draw Patriots again

An AFC championship rematch with the Patriots after last year's devastating defeat put New England in the Super Bowl is something Haloti Ngata wanted all along. Most Ravens shrugged off a Week 3 meeting with the Patriots, which Baltimore won 31-30, because it didn't mean the same thing. Well, this does and the Ravens defensive tackle is thrilled that everything aligned to make it happen.

Ravens, Patriots to meet in AFC championship rematch

The Ravens will get another crack at putting last year's heartbreaking AFC championship loss behind them. For the second straight year, Baltimore will travel to Foxborough, Mass., to face the New England Patriots for the AFC's spot in the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat the Houston Texans 41-28 in today's divisional playoff, setting up an AFC championship rematch with the Ravens next Sunday at 6:30

Lewis' career goes on as Ravens head to fourth AFC championship

Ray Lewis' career will go on for at least one more week. The Ravens overcame four seven-point deficits and five ties to earn a 38-35 double-overtime win over the top-seeded Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs Saturday in Denver. The Ravens' first overtime playoff contest lasted more than four hours and was the fourth-longest game in postseason history. At full strength, Baltimore was more than

Ravens not celebrating this Holliday (Ravens win 38-35 in 2OT)

Trindon Holliday just did it to the Ravens again. Holliday just made his second return for a touchdown today, taking the second half kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and a 28-21 Broncos lead. After the Ravens punted on their first possession of the contest, Holliday returned it 98 yards for a score. Both the punt return and the kickoff return were the longest in

Broncos back on top 21-14 (Smith's second TD makes it 21-21 at half)

The Ravens and Broncos settled down after the torrid start to this contest, waiting all the way until 7:26 remained in the second quarter to break a 14-14 tie. Peyton Manning connected with tailback Knowshon Moreno for a 14-yard touchdown pass that gave Denver a 21-14 lead. That capped an eight-play, 86-yard drive. The Ravens' offense has slowed down a bit in the second quarter.

Not much of a Holliday early for Ravens (all tied at 14-14)

The sour, disappointed look on Terrell Suggs' face covered it. This was not the start the Ravens were hoping for in today's divisional playoff at Denver. After Baltimore was forced to punt on its first possession, Broncos returner Trindon Holliday found a lane on the right side and ran it back 90 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest punt return for a touchdown

J. Jones, Leach, Yanda, Ngata named to AP All-Pro Team

Jacoby Jones already landed a trip to Hawaii as a Pro Bowl starter because of his remarkable first season as the Ravens return specialist. On Saturday, he topped that when he was one of four Baltimore players named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team. Jones and fullback Vonta Leach both were voted first-team All-Pros while guard Marshal Yanda and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata garnered second-team

Healthier Ravens head west for rematch with Manning, Broncos

When the Ravens absorbed one of their ugliest losses of the season on Dec. 16 against the Broncos, Baltimore was more than a little shorthanded. Without four of their top six tacklers, their starting tight end and starting right guard, the Ravens were outclassed in a 34-17 defeat. Of those six players, Baltimore will only be missing one (linebacker Jameel McClain) for Saturday afternoon's divisional

Jah Reid placed on injured reserve, Asa Jackson activated

The Ravens expect to have pretty close to a full complement for Saturday's divisional playoff at Denver, the only exception being guard Jah Reid. Baltimore placed Reid on season-ending injured reserve Friday because of a toe injury and activated cornerback Asa Jackson, who was suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Reid appeared in nine games this season, starting seven. He missed

Ogden, Modell named finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Longtime Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden and former owner Art Modell were named finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Friday morning. Ogden was one of four first-year eligible nominees - along with Larry Allen, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan - still alive to join the Hall when the list of 27 modern-era semifinalists was whittled down to 15 finalists. This year's class will

Ravens expect to be at full strength vs. Broncos

Running back Bernard Pierce and fullback Vonta Leach returned to Ravens practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday. So coach John Harbaugh is anticipating a full healthy roster, except for perhaps offensive lineman Jah Reid, in Saturday's divisional round contest at the Denver Broncos. "It's encouraging to have all our guys," Harbaugh told reporters. "We aren't anticipating anybody missing this game. We'll have that (injury) report

Ravens special teams pitches uncommon shutout

Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Sunday's impressive wild card win over the Colts were the contributions of the Ravens' special teams unit. Kicker Justin Tucker, punter Sam Koch and Baltimore's coverage teams pitched a perfect game, holding Indianapolis to a grand total of zero return yards. Tucker booted all five of his kickoffs into or beyond the end zone for touchbacks. Koch averaged 43.3

Ray Rice says he's "fresh" because of Bernard Pierce

Some star running backs might view the emergence of a rookie rusher as a threat. But not Ravens do-it-all back Ray Rice. The fifth-year running back is glad to see Bernard Pierce rounding into a quality contributor the same year Baltimore selected him in the third round out of Temple. "He's been great," Rice said of his backfield mate. "When you draft a guy that

Ray Lewis responds to Reggie Wayne disliking end-of-game dance

Not everyone got swept up in the emotional atmosphere and memorable moments that marked Ray Lewis' last game in Baltimore on Sunday. Colts veteran wideout Reggie Wayne took exception to the way Lewis finished the day with his trademark dance after the Ravens' final kneel-down to end the wild card win. "I saw it as disrespectful," Wayne said Monday on Indianapolis radio station WNDE-AM. "They'd

Ravens readying for high altitudes, streaking Broncos in second round

Baltimore bid its farewell to Ray Lewis with a fairly easy win over the Colts on Sunday. Now the Ravens face a short week, a lengthy amount of travel, higher altitudes, and, oh yeah, the hottest team in football. Baltimore heads west to Denver to take on the streaking top-seeded Broncos in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Denver enters

Boldin leads offense, Kruger paces D to send Ravens to divisional round

In the end, the Ravens' slow start on offense and the significant chunk of yardage allowed on defense will be forgotten. Baltimore put together a commanding performance in the wild card round to glide past the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Quarterback Joe Flacco recovered from a weak first half to go 12-for-23 for 282 yards and two touchdowns with a

Ray Lewis relishes his finale in Baltimore

Ray Lewis has been the iconic symbol of Baltimore football since the Ravens came to the city in 1996, so Sunday marked an emotional end of a 17-year era. Lewis' farewell to Baltimore started with a dance and ended with a Cal Ripken-esque victory lap. In the middle, the future Hall of Fame linebacker helped his team to a 24-9 victory over the Colts in

Ravens add some padding (Baltimore tops Colts 24-9)

The Ravens' offense has suddenly found its legs - and arms. Starting with its final possession of the first half, Baltimore has two touchdowns in its last three possessions - the latest being a 20-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta - to build a 17-6 lead over the Colts in the middle of the third quarter. The Ravens' offense is up to 311

Ravens take 10-6 lead into halftime of wild card contest

It took until the Ravens' final possession of the first half, but they finally showed the quick-strike offense that has been the team's hallmark at home this season. Baltimore got the ball at its own 37 shortly before the two-minute warning and proceeded to go 63 yards in six plays and just 1:35 to score the first touchdown of the contest for a 10-3 advantage

Scoreless after one in Baltimore (All tied at 3-3)

The Ravens and Colts head to the second quarter in a scoreless tie. Both teams had promising drives halted by a fumble. Ray Rice coughed up the ball in the red zone on Baltimore's opening drive and Paul Kruger forced Indianapolis rookie Andrew Luck to fumble at the Ravens' 30 in the middle of a seven-minute drive. The Colts have outgained the Ravens 82-45 in

Bernard Pollard, Ray Lewis officially active for Ravens

Not that anything else was expected, but linebacker Ray Lewis is officially active for his final game at M&T Bank Stadium. Lewis, who announced Wednesday that he will retire after this year's playoffs, returns to action for the first time since Oct. 14, when he tore his right triceps - an injury which required surgery. By virtue of the Texans' win over the Bengals on

Still a game to be played as Ravens prepare for what could be Lewis' last

Barring the improbable scenario of the Bengals and Ravens meeting in the AFC championship game, this Sunday will mark Ray Lewis' last pregame dance. Emotions will be high at that moment - for Lewis, the fans, the players, the coaches and members of the Ravens organization. Coach John Harbaugh went as far as to say it will be historic. Whether keeping Lewis' career alive for

No Ravens ruled out for first-round match-up with Colts

Last week's decision to rest the majority of their first-stringers seems to have paid dividends for the Ravens now that the playoffs are here. Baltimore goes into Sunday's first-round contest against the Colts with no one ruled out or listed as doubtful. On Friday's injury report, the Ravens listed wideout Tandon Doss (ankle), safety Bernard Pollard (chest) and guard Jah Reid (toe) as questionable and

Anquan Boldin named Ravens' Walter Payton Man of the Year

Anquan Boldin's off-field activities seem to rival his on-field contributions, as the Ravens wideout was named the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee on Friday. The award is given annually by the NFL to honor a player's volunteer and charitable work, as well as his play on the field. A nominee is named from each of the league's 32 teams before a panel

Ravens excited to see recovered Colts coach Pagano

The pending departure of Ray Lewis might provide extra emotion for the Ravens come Sunday, but the Colts have their own reason to be inspired. After missing much of his first season as Indianapolis head coach, Chuck Pagano will be in his second week back on the sidelines after missing much of the season fighting leukemia. The cancer went into remission in November. The Colts

More from Ray Lewis about his decision to retire at end of season

It took Ray Lewis more than five minutes into his press conference Wednesday to find the opening to reveal he'd be calling it quits when the Ravens' season comes to a close. But he admitted he has known for quite a while that this would be his final season in the NFL. "I knew it was probably it when I had to look at my

Ravens react to Lewis' retirement announcement (plus Rice and Newsome)

The news of linebacker Ray Lewis' decision to retire at the end of the Ravens' playoff run hit everyone on the team in a different way. Linebacker Terrell Suggs was among the most emotional after Lewis stood up to inform the team that this would be his last ride. "It was sad, man. I ain't going to lie to you," Suggs said. "It affected me

Ray Lewis to retire after playoffs

Ray Lewis learned a little something when given a chance to watch his sons play high school football while unable to do so himself because of torn triceps this fall; He'd be at peace calling 2012 his final season. Lewis stunned his Ravens teammates and an especially large horde of media Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center by announcing that he'll retire after the

Ravens hoping to end yellow-flag problem in playoffs

Coach John Harbaugh doesn't seem to say much unless there's some purpose behind it, so perhaps he was delivering a message in response to a question about the team's two personal fouls in Sunday's contest. The Ravens ended the regular season having drawn 121 penalties, the second-most in the NFL, including a league-high eight personal fouls - twice as many as any other team. So

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