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Manning: Glad Super Bowl focus on another family

Manning: Glad Super Bowl focus on another family

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Archie Manning, patriarch of the NFL's best-known quarterbacking clan, says he's glad the Super Bowl focus is on another family.

Manning has practically been a fixture at the big game in recent years. Sons Peyton and Eli Manning have won three of the last six Super Bowls. The New Orleans Saints, the hometown team Manning toiled for through hard times, won a fourth during that stretch.

Instead of regaling people with stories about raising two of the best quarterbacks of this era, or how he often he got booed and tackled playing for the notoriously bad ``Aints,'' Manning is getting his house ready for visitors.

``The boys and grandkids will be here later in the week, so I'm definitely looking forward to that,'' he said Monday.

Going into Sunday's game, the Harbaugh family is drawing a lot of attention as the San Francisco 49ers prepare to play the Baltimore Ravens. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers and brother John coaches the Ravens.

Manning said he's glad this matchup isn't pulling him apart.

``That's one of the few nice things about not having either boy in the game,'' he said.

``I think a lot of people figured San Francisco might be here,'' he said. ``The Ravens, they remind me a little of the Giants from last year and even four years ago. They had a stumble, but right now, they're healthy, hot and in the zone. All I'll say is it should make for a very interesting game.''

A game that he can sit back and enjoy, too.

``The only other nice thing about not having one of the boys in the game is I got 10 tickets and that's all I'm going to get. I'm out of the ticket and hotel business this year,'' he added, ``and glad of it.''

Manning is hardly a forgotten man in his hometown, however.

``Most of the questions I get now are about the boys playing, and not me. And I like it that way,'' Manning chuckled. ``I don't bring those days up, either.''

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Lamar Jackson becomes first QB to rush at least 70 yards in five straight starts

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Lamar Jackson becomes first QB to rush at least 70 yards in five straight starts


With Lamar Jackson under center for the past five games, the Ravens offense’ has relied on his legs to move the ball. The rookie quarterback has struggled at times throwing the ball, but utilizing the read options, Jackson has had no such problems making an impact. 

On Sunday against the Buccaneers, Jackson had 100 yards rushing going into the fourth quarter. With that, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for at least 70 yards in five straight starts.  The streak started with a bang in the Ravens 24-21 win over the Bengals when Jackson rushed for 119 yards  It was followed by games of 71 and 75 yards against the Raiders and Falcons and a 67-yard game in Week 14’s loss against the Chiefs. 

He knows the risks running quarterbacks face,  but winning is his No. 1 priority. 

"I’m going to put it all on the line," Jackson said in an interview with ESPN. "I want to win. I hate losing. I hate that feeling. You have to deal with it the next week. So, I want to win regardless. If it happens, it’s going to happen. I’ve been good so far.”

Coming into Week 15, the Ravens were fourth in the NFL in rushing yards. The team has rushed for at least 190 yards since Jackson took over.

At feat that hasn’t been achieved since the Steelers did it in 1976. With Jackson continuing to dazzle defenders, Baltimore will continue to maintain its dominance in the ground game. 

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A must-win? Looking at the Ravens' playoff picture

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A must-win? Looking at the Ravens' playoff picture

The Baltimore Ravens come into Week 15 hanging on to the final playoff spot in the AFC by the slimmest of margins.

Baltimore, Indianapolis, Tennessee and Miami all sit at 7-6 with three games remaining. The Ravens hold the tiebreaker by virtue of win percentage in common and conference games. With the resurgent Cleveland Browns lurking just a game behind at 6-7-1, the Ravens can’t afford a let up today against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson gets the start once again Sunday with Joe Flacco slated as the backup.

Having won three out of four and a play or two away from a win last week in Kansas City, the Ravens are counting on riding the momentum Jackson has sparked to earn a very important win today at M&T Bank Stadium to stay in the drivers seat for a playoff berth. And with division leader Pittsburgh all of a sudden hitting a bump in the road of their season, and facing the New England Patriots later today, the Ravens have a chance to take the lead in the division, something that was unthinkable a few weeks ago. 

None of these scenarios will matter if business is not taken care of today against Tampa Bay. The coaching staff has put their trust in Jackson, and now he must respond by leading the team to victory in must-win games. 

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