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Five former Ravens looking to be champions in Super Bowl LII

Five former Ravens looking to be champions in Super Bowl LII

Five former Ravens are looking to leave Minneapolis, Minnesota with more hardware than they came with.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, safety Corey Graham and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe will all be fighting for the Eagles in their first seasons with the team.

On the Patriots side of the ball, defensive end Lawrence Guy could be bringing back another championship to New England.

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Smith, Graham and Ellerbe all won Super Bowls with the Ravens during the 2012-2013 season.

Smith has played an important role on the team during both the regular season and in the playoffs. He tallied up 36 receptions, 430 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season. In their two playoff games, Smith had eight receptions, 108 yards and one touchdown. Smith has said he chose the Eagles over other teams that presented him higher offers because he knew they had the tools to reach this point.

Jernigan was traded to the Eagles along with a third-round compensatory pick in 2017 after spending his first three seasons in the NFL with the Ravens. The defensive tackle played in 15 games earning 16 solo tackles and two- and-a-half sacks. 

Graham- who is in his 11th season- played 14 games with the Eagles. He finished the regular season with 38 tackles and two interceptions. 

And finally, hoping to fly high with the Eagles is Dannell Ellerbe. The 32-year old only played in three games earning eight tackles and has been dealing with a hamstring injury.

Smith, Graham and Ellerbe have been prepping their fellow Eagles on the craziness that is Super Bowl week. Smith tweeted this prior to their trip to Minneapolis.

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And Ellerbe told ex-teammate, Steve Smith, he's treating this week just like any other.

Lawrence Guy, who spent three seasons with the Ravens before heading to the Patriots, finished the regular season with 58 tackles and one sack. 

You can watch these familiar faces on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Super Bowl LII Opening Night: Time, Ways to Watch, Live Stream, What to Expect

Super Bowl LII Opening Night: Time, Ways to Watch, Live Stream, What to Expect

You don't have to wait until Sunday for all the Super Bowl LII fun to start because the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are kicking off the weeklong buildup to the game Monday.

Super Bowl Opening Night is at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday, January 29,  and players from both the Patriots and Eagles will have interviews with the media and, for the second year, they will also hang out with each other on stage in front of fans.

In addition to members of the current teams playing in the Super Bowl, former Minnesota Vikings players will also be there.

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If you aren’t in Minnesota to try and get tickets for Super Bowl Opening Night, it will be broadcast on the NFL Network and ESPN2.

While there are many questions about the Super Bowl matchup that could be answered during the event — and some pure fun and entertainment included too — Rob Gronkowski probably won’t be there.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots tight end is not expected to be there because he is still in the concussion protocol. Gronkowski suffered a concussion during the AFC championship game when Jacksonville Jaguars’ Barry Church made helmet-to-helmet contact with him.

As the Eagles embrace their underdog role while the Patriots look to defend their Super Bowl title, the game is still almost a week away. So the real questions are which celebrities will show up, who will sport crazy costumes and what’s the most absurd thing we’ll see?

To make sure you don't miss a moment of Super Bowl Opening Night between the Patriots and Eagles, here is everything you need to know.

Super Bowl LII Opening Night

Teams: New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

When: Monday, January 29

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Network

Live Stream: NBC Sports

Philadelphia Eagles interviews: 8 p.m. ET

New England Patriots interviews: 10 p.m. ET

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Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Ever since hoisting the Lombardy trophy in Super Bowl XLVII and being named its MVP, many have brought up the question is, "Joe Flacco an elite QB?"

If you were to ask Ravens’ fans, their answer would simply be yes. To other football fans, though, the answer is still up for grabs. It’s been such a topic of discussion that it was even asked to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump who gave this response:

Behind the Steelers, the Patriots are at the top of the list of Ravens rivals. So, to poke some fun at the Ravens during the offseason, Tree House Brewing Co. (a Boston brewery) sent several of their cans to the Ravens training facility with “Is Joe Flacco Elite?” scanned on the bottom of them. The special cans the Ravens received are just a couple out of 12,000 printed.

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When it comes to hiring employees that are Pats fans, the Boston brewery takes it very seriously.

"We ask everyone if they are a Pats fan," co-owner of the brewery Dean Rohan said. "I know it's not legal, but you have to be a Pats fan to be here."

Andrew Pillsbury, who is a packaging line operator for the brewery, came up with the idea. When asked if he thinks Flacco is elite or not, he said, "We go back and forth. In the regular season, he doesn't look too elite. But sometimes he comes through there in the playoffs, and it gives us a little scare. But we got Tom Brady, so we're not really worried."

Will the Ravens respond and send the Pats a case of Natty Boh?

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