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BALTIMORE RAVENS (13-6) vs. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4-1)

Sunday, 6:30 p.m., CBS, New Orleans

OPENING LINE - San Francisco by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 9-10-0; San Francisco 11-7-0

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens, No. 11; 49ers, No. 3

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat 49ers 16-6, Nov. 24, 2011

LAST GAME - Ravens beat Patriots 28-13; 49ers beat Falcons 28-24

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (5), RUSH (5), PASS (7)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (10), PASS (8)

49ERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (4), PASS (23)

49ERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (4), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - 49ers back to first Super Bowl in 18 years, perfect 5-0 in Super Bowl history during 1980s and 90s behind Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young. ... Baltimore in second Super Bowl; beat New York Giants 34-7 in 2001 Super Bowl. ... First matchup of teams in Super Bowl. ... San Francisco's five Super Bowl wins tied for second most in NFL history. Pittsburgh has six titles and Dallas also has five. ... Ravens have won last three meetings. ... Ravens QB Joe Flacco's six postseason road wins most in playoff history. Thrown for eight touchdowns with no interceptions in playoffs for 114.7 passer rating this postseason. Flacco only QB to win playoff game in each of first five seasons. ... ``Harbowl'' or ``Superbaugh'' features pair of coaching brothers for first time - Ravens' John Harbaugh, 49ers' Jim Harbaugh. ... Victory by Ravens and John Harbaugh will pass Tom Flores (8) for most postseason wins by head coach in first five seasons. ... Flacco has 8-4 postseason record. With win, he would tie Tom Brady for most playoff wins by quarterback in first five NFL seasons with nine. Flacco had career-best 3,817 yards passing this season, second-most in franchise history. Baltimore 32-3 overall in regular season and playoffs when Flacco has passer rating of at least 100. ... In only career meeting vs. 49ers, Flacco posted 100.1 passer rating. ... Ravens Ray Lewis' final game before retirement. Had 14 tackles in AFC title game vs. Patriots and has 44 in three postseason games after missing 10 weeks with torn right triceps muscle. Was Super Bowl MVP after 2000 season. Performs signature ``Squirrel Dance.''... Lewis and 49ers defensive star counterpart, Patrick Willis, share jersey No. 52 and are good friends. ... 49ers second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick makes 10th career start. Is 7-2 as a starter with 101.2 passer rating, 13 touchdowns, four interceptions, and 440 yards rushing with four TDs. ... San Francisco CBs Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver each have INT this postseason. Culliver had first career postseason INT in NFC championship. ... Ravens WR Torrey Smith has nine catches for 198 yards and two TDs in postseason. Averaging 22.2 yards per catch in five career postseason games (13 receptions, 289 yards). ... 49ers rallied from 17-0 deficit to win at Atlanta for NFC championship, second-largest comeback to win a conference title behind Indianapolis, which erased 18-point deficit against Patriots in 2006. ... San Francisco was one of three teams in NFL to have same five starting offensive linemen every game, along with Jets and Minnesota. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin averaging 92 yards receiving in three playoff games this season. In postseason career, has 46 catches for 702 yards and six TDs. Had eight catches for 84 yards in 2009 Super Bowl with Cardinals. ... Boldin has seven regular-season TD catches against 49ers for most against any opponent. ... 49ers held to 170 net yards of offense in Thanksgiving night loss at Baltimore in 2011, first and only previous meeting of Harbaugh brothers in NFL. ... Ravens tied franchise record with nine sacks to end San Francisco's eight-game winning streak in '11 meeting. ... Jim Harbaugh played QB for Ravens in 1998. ... New Orleans hosts 10th Super Bowl, tied for most with Miami.

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Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale welcomes second chance at role

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Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale welcomes second chance at role

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Don Martindale wondered if he would ever get a second chance to be an NFL defensive coordinator after his one-and-done disaster with the Denver Broncos in 2010.

The Broncos went 4-12 that season and gave up more points (29.4 per game) and yards (390.8) than any team in the league. Those miserable numbers, not surprisingly, cost Martindale his job.

He latched on with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 as linebackers coach. After working diligently with several stars, including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Zachary Orr and C.J. Mosley, the 54-year-old Martindale last week was promoted to defensive coordinator.

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To say he's pleased to be in charge of an NFL defense again would be a profound understatement.

"Without a doubt," Martindale said Thursday. "My family knows it. Everybody knows it. My players know it. I can't wait."

His performance in Denver eight years ago is hardly worth putting on a resume, but Martindale believes it was a worthwhile experience.

"Even though the stats were what they were, I was really proud with how we played," he said. "I'm glad I went through that process because I think that makes me a better coach today. It's like I tell my guys: You either win or you learn."

Martindale's new job with the Ravens carries the responsibility of overseeing a unit that has long been among the best in the NFL, thriving under notable leaders such as Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Chuck Pagano and Dean Pees, who retired on Jan. 1.

"I've been preparing for this job all my life," Martindale said. "It's very humbling, but I understand the pressure and I look forward to the challenge."

Martindale takes over a defense that this season ranked 12th in net yards allowed, first in takeaways (34) and sixth in fewest points allowed (18.9). He has no plans to revamp the unit or change the philosophy, especially since head coach John Harbaugh stressed the need to retain continuity before launching his search for Pees' replacement.

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Martindale will, however, put his own stamp on the unit.

"I think personality-wise, and just calls, there's going to be some things that are the same. And then there are going to be sometimes where I'm going to pressure more," Martindale said. "I just think I have a more aggressive personality in calling the game. Sometimes, too aggressive. That's some of the things I've learned from the past."

His most daunting task will be finding a way to make the defense to come up big late in the game. In 2016, a fourth-quarter collapse in Pittsburgh cost Baltimore a playoff berth. This season, a fourth-down touchdown pass in the final minute by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton bounced the Ravens from the postseason chase.

"Our mantra has always been to finish," Martindale said. "We're close. Obviously, the last two years, it's been the last play that's knocked us out of it. We are going to work diligently -- all of us -- with our package and situational football.

"That's going to be the next step, I think, that will skyrocket us. That's the big thing that I see. We were really good. Let's make it great."

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

The Ravens' season had it's ups and down, but out of it came some bright spots.

The defense continued to prove dominate and the offense found its groove during the second half of the season, but who stood out the most?

Offensive MVP: RB Alex Collins

Collins was a late preseason pickup after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks and Ravens fans are grateful they let him go. After new acquisition Danny Woodhead injured his hamstring on the first drive in Week 1 and Terrance West injured his calf Week 5 in Oakland, Allen emerged as a saving grace. He finished the season with 973 yards, six touchdowns and 212 attempts averaging 4.6 yards-per-carry. His longest rushing attempt was 50-yards against the Steelers in Week 4, and then in Week 14, rushed 120-yards on their defense. 

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Defensive MVP: OLB Terrell Suggs

This one was a toss up between Suggs and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but considering the level at which Sizzle is playing at in his 15th season, his 2017 performance is MVP worthy.

The 35-year old finished the season with 49 combined tackles, 12 assist, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. Suggs ranks 11th in the league in sacks and was voted to his seventh Pro Bowl, something that should be expected from the leader of a defense that finished the regular season ranked sixth in points allowed. During the Ravens' Week 12 matchup, Suggs proved he doesn't age when he strip sacked Texans QB Tom Savage with 4:44 remaining in the fourth, shifting the momentum back to the Ravens who were clinging on to a 23-16 win. He's suffered two Achilles tears and a torn bicep over the last 5.5 seasons but has remained Hall of Fame worthy. As of right now, T-Sizzle has no plans of retiring. 

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Rookie of the Year: CB Marlon Humphrey

The Ravens' 2017 first-round pick stepped up to the plate when starting CB Jimmy Smith's season was over after suffering a torn Achilles in Week 13. The rookie out of Alabama finished the season with 34 combined tackles, four assists and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus graded Humphrey the fifth-best cover corner in the league. QBs only had a 53.5 rating when they threw in his direction. PFF also gave Humphrey a 82.7 rookie rating. 

Humphrey will continue to prove his worth during the 2018 season if Jimmy Smith is still recovering come Week 1.

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Special Teams MVP: P Sam Koch

Koch is in his 12th season with the Ravens and he's continuing to prove how efficient that leg of his is. He had a season long of 67-yards and placed 40 of 84 punts inside the 20-yard line. Koch's accuracy earned him AFC special teams player of the week not once, but twice this season. The first came in Week 12 against the Houston Texans when he not only placed five punts inside the 20-yard line, but also faked a punt and threw a 22-yard pass to Chris Moore for a first down. The second honor came in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns after placing four punts inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the five. While neither Koch or kicker Justin Tucker were named to the Pro Bowl, Ravens fans never break a sweat when the game is in their hands, or should we say, legs.