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Former Denver Bronco and current Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil laments on his shortcomings during last season’s upset of the Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs but says this year, as a Raven, he wants to prove himself.
The Baltimore Ravens head back to the scene of the crime where they successfully stole the 2012-13 AFC Divisional Playoff win from the favored Denver Broncos, lead by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. The Broncos will look to minimize the errors committed in the last match up and take home a win.
The Ravens’ long season has come to an end. They are now champions of the world. It would not come easy for the purple and black as injuries and moments of tragedy took their toll on the franchise, but the obstacles would only strengthen their resolve as Baltimore finally earned their second Vince Lombardi trophy
The Ravens were well on their way into another Super Bowl blowout. The defense was relentless and the offense couldn’t be stopped. Then the power went off and things got a little weird. But the team were resilient for one last time and walked away Super Bowl champions. And while Joe Flacco would ultimately win the MVP award, there is plenty of praise to go around.
The Ravens have limped into a number of games this season. The practice squad saw a lot of action as a number of players were forced to suit up on gameday. But the Ravens have persevered through it all and remain one game away from the Vince Lombardi trophy. They won’t limp into this game as they appear to be as healthy as ever.
The Harbaugh Bowl is just a few days away. The Ravens and 49ers are set to meet on the biggest stage in all of sports. The Ravens will need to contain Colin Kaepernick if they are to win on Sunday, but the 49ers will need to do the same with Joe Flacco.
A few years ago, the wildcat formation took the league by storm. But the NFL quickly adapted and now that style of play is all but extinct. Now the league must find a way to defend the Pistol Read Option. This style of offense has catapulted San Francisco to the Super Bowl with the help of young star Colin Kaepernick. If Baltimore wants to hoist the Lombardi trophy on Sunday, they’ll need to shut their offense down. That’s easier said than done.
The Ravens have gone through the circus that is media day. Now it’s back to work for the purple and black. The 49ers present unique challenges for Baltimore to overcome. With the Super Bowl just a few days away, here are a few things they should be focused on.
The Ravens had just received a beating by the hands of the Denver Broncos in Week 15 of the NFL season. There’s no way this team makes it to the Super Bowl. At least, that’s what people thought at the time. But with five days remaining until the Super Bowl, many are wondering how this team can be stopped. Joe Flacco certainly deserves a lot of the credit, but Ray Lewis provided the spark this team so desperately needed.
Joe Flacco has been one of the most criticized quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. And he isn’t even 30 yet. That’s a pretty impressive feat. Probably not as impressive as beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back to back weeks in order to clinch a Super Bowl berth. But it’s pretty close. Flacco shows up in big games and gets the job done. It’s what makes him elite.
The Ravens may appear old, but are actually a young football team. Very few players on the roster have experienced a Super Bowl. As the countdown begins, the coaches will be looking for anything thing they can to give them an edge on Sunday. And experience happens to be one of them.
There’s no doubt that Joe Flacco has taken the sports world by storm with his exceptional passes. But this is the same Joe Flacco we’ve seen all season. The difference lies in the offensive line.