(Reuters) – Profile of the Baltimore Ravens, who won the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday with a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Founded: Originated in 1996 when then-owner of the Cleveland Browns, Art Modell, relocated his team to Baltimore. – - AFC titles (season): Two (2000, 2012) – - Super Bowl titles (season): Two (2000, 2012) – - Head coach: John Harbaugh. Took over a struggling Baltimore team in 2008 and led the franchise to a playoff berth in each of his five National Football League (NFL) seasons, including three trips to the AFC title game. …
Factbox: Profile of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens (Reuters)
Feb 3 (Reuters) – Profile of the Baltimore Ravens, who won the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday with a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Founded: Originated in 1996 when then-owner of the Cleveland Browns, Art Modell, relocated his team to Baltimore. – - AFC titles (season): Two (2000, 2012) – - Super Bowl titles (season): Two (2000, 2012) – - Head coach: John Harbaugh. …
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Playing nearly perfectly in his Super Bowl debut, Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes to help the Baltimore Ravens take a 21-6 halftime lead over the mistake-prone San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Ravens lead 49ers 21-6 at halftime of Super Bowl (The Associated Press)
For the second time this postseason, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has somehow managed to get behind the opposing secondary to catch a deep touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. On the first play after the two-minute warning, a third-and-10 play from the Ravens’ 44-yard line, Jones was able to get behind San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver, who thought he had deep help from a safety who had converged to help cover wide receiver Anquan Boldin. [Related: Check out all of the Super Bowl ads | Commercials breakdown ] Flacco was able to buy himself some time and heaved a ball towards Jones, who caught the pass while falling on his back at the 49ers’ nine-yard line. Culliver jumped over Jones, who, alertly sensing that he had not been touched, got up and ran into the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a 21-3 lead with less than two minutes to play in the first half.
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Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones gets behind 49ers defense for 56-yard touchdown (Shutdown Corner)
Barring an extension this month, the Baltimore Ravens will designate quarterback Joe Flacco with the franchise tag during the designation period, which will run from February 18 through March 4. The 2013 franchise tag for quarterbacks is projected to be worth around $14.6 million, but regardless of whether or not the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome could decide to retain sole negotiating rights with Flacco by using the “exclusive” franchise tag on Flacco, notes Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. If the Ravens use the “exclusive” tag, Flacco’s tender will be worth the average of the Top 5 cap numbers (minus workout bonuses) of quarterbacks in the NFL at the end of the restricted free agent signing period, which ends in mid-April. As Florio correctly calculated, the “exclusive” tag is currently scheduled to be worth $20.464 million, which is the average of the cap numbers of Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. That figure will assuredly go down over the next few months. Though the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos have healthy cap situations and would not have to help the Ravens by rushing to restructure the contracts of Brady and Peyton Manning, the cap-strapped Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers may need to reach extensions to lessen the cap numbers of Stafford, Eli Manning and Roethlisberger to be salary cap compliant when the 2013 league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 12. An “exclusive” franchise tag will be higher than the $14.6 million “non-exclusive” tag, both of which will tax an already tight Ravens’ cap situation in 2013.
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Exclusive franchise tag for Joe Flacco would make Ravens’ tight cap situation even tighter (Shutdown Corner)
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The AP handed out the annual awards for MVP, rookies, offense, defense and comeback player of the year.
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Peterson, Manning, Watt Earn Honors
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Peyton Manning’s stunning return from four neck surgeries has netted him The Associated Press 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. The four-time league MVP guided the Broncos to the AFC’s best record, 13-3, in his first season in Denver. Before sitting out 2011, Manning had never missed a start in his first 13 seasons with Indianapolis. Manning received 31 1-2 votes Saturday from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He easily beat Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who got 17 1-2 votes after his comeback from major knee surgery. Peterson came within 9 yards of the NFL rushing record and helped Minnesota go from 3-13 to 10-6 and a wild-card berth. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles got one vote. Manning accepted his award Saturday night at the “2nd Annual NFL Honors” show on CBS saluting the NFL’s best players, performances and plays from the 2012 season. MORE FROM CBSMINNESOTA.COM: Petersen Named MVP, Offensive Player Of The Year By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer (© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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