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12 things you forgot existed six years ago when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII

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12 things you forgot existed six years ago when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII

Six years ago, the Baltimore Ravens brought home their second championship in Super Bowl XLVII.

A wild 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the game included the first-ever Super Bowl head coaching showdown between brothers John and Jim Harbaugh and a 34-minute power outage in the third quarter.

Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named Super Bowl MVP.

While the game itself was memorable, the road to New Orleans was even more incredible.

After going 10-6 in the regular season and finishing as champs of the AFC North, the Ravens hosted the Colts in the Wild Card round for what would be Ray Lewis' final game at M&T Bank Stadium. They defeated the Colts easily, 24-9.

Then came a spectacular divisional round matchup with the Denver Broncos, who were on an 11-game win streak. With 44 seconds left on the clock facing a 3rd-and-three down 35-28, Flacco threw a 70-yard bomb down the sideline to wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who beat the Broncos' secondary and ran it to the house for a touchdown forcing overtime. It would forever be known as the 'Mile High Miracle' and one of the greatest plays in Ravens history. Eventually, Justin Tucker's 47-yard field goal in double overtime sent the team to the AFC Championship game. 

The Ravens then got sweet, sweet revenge over the New England Patriots after a missed game-tying field goal by Billy Cundiff the year prior crushed their Super Bowl hopes. A 28-13 win in Foxborough, the Ravens kept the Patriots scoreless in the second half and handed Tom Brady his first AFC Championship game loss at home. 

Of that 53-man roster only Flacco, Tucker, guard Marshal Yanda, punter Sam Koch, long snapper Morgan Cox, linebacker Terrell Suggs and cornerback Jimmy Smith remain on the current roster.

As the Rams and Patriots get set for their Super Bowl matchup, take a look back at what was going on in the world on this day in 2013.

President: Barack Obama

Governor of Maryland: Martin O'Malley

Super Bowl Halftime Show: Beyonce feat. Destiny's Child

No. 1 Song on the Billboard Hot 100: 'Thrift Shop' Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

TV Shows That Made Their Debut: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, The Americans, Mom, Peaky Blinders

Leader in Passing Yards (5,177): Drew Brees, Saints

Stanley Cup Winner: Chicago Blackhawks

World Series Winner: Boston Red Sox

NBA Finals Winner: Miami Heat

Best Motion Picture: Argo

Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $3.49

Average Income: $51,939


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Ravens not changing much for three days against the Eagles

Ravens not changing much for three days against the Eagles

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens headed up to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in two joint practices before a game on Thursday, there isn’t much expected to change in terms of game reps. 

Coach John Harbaugh said Lamar Jackson will play about the same amount that he played in the first two games. He was on the field for 16 snaps against the Jaguars and 22 against the Packers. 

What could change, however, is some of the offensive game planning that goes into preparation for a different style of defense. 

“Not specifically, no, but I definitely think (with) this style of defense, we’ll definitely have a little bit of a different game plan going in,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. “It necessitates that, which is good for us. I don’t think we’re saying, ‘We’re going to run what we’re going to run in the first couple weeks of the season.’ We might, but we might not. I don’t want to give away anything. I definitely think we’ll do some different stuff.”

While Roman remained secretive about the exact plan for Thursday, a week in Philadelphia against a team expected to contend in the NFC this season will be illuminating for the Ravens. 

The Eagles run a 4-3 defense, different from the Ravens' 3-4, so they’ll get a new look on defense, too. 

Offensively, Philadelphia boasts Carson Wentz, one of the league’s top quarterbacks. With a skill group of Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson, too, the Ravens secondary will be under the lights in both this week’s practices and game.

“This is going to be a big test for us, going to Philly, because they’ve got a lot of skill at wide receiver and tight end and running back,” defensive coordinator Don Martindale said. “It’s going to be a measuring stick definitely, for sure.”

As the days tick away toward final cut down day on Aug. 31, the margin for error is shrinking daily.

“This third preseason game, it’s getting down to crunch time now, where guys are going to make the 53 or they’re not. The biggest message was, ‘If you think you’re on the bubble, you are,” Martindale continued.

The Ravens will take a slightly more banged up team into Philadelphia than they had last week, as there were some notable absences from practice on Sunday.

The 14 players missing from practice included: Seth Roberts, Miles Boykin, Kenneth Dixon, Gus Edwards, Randin Crecelius, Greg Senat, Marshal Yanda, Tavon Young, Iman Marshall, Marlon Humphrey, Chris Board, Nicholas Grigsby, Pernell McPhee and Shane Ray. 

Young (neck injury) is expected to be out long term, but no other injuries are thought to be as serious.


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Cyrus Jones looking to seize new opportunity at slot corner

Cyrus Jones looking to seize new opportunity at slot corner

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Cyrus Jones’ old role with the Ravens was as a depth cornerback and return man on special teams. His new role could have much more significance. 

Despite a comfortable win over the Packers last Thursday, the good feelings were quickly dampened by an announcement from coach John Harbaugh that nickel cornerback Tavon Young would likely miss the rest of the season with a neck injury.

Young is still waiting to make a final decision, but with him out of the fold for a significant chunk of time, the race is on to try to replace him in an important role on the Ravens defense.

As of Saturday, one of the favorites to assume that role was Jones. He played 34 defensive snaps against the Packers (57 percent), the highest total on the defense, and is a top option for the Ravens in replacing Young.

“Tavon is a great player, I hate seeing what’s going on with him right now,” Jones said. “I’m praying for him, as all of us are, but it’s up to the next man to step up, whoever that is, and I’m just keeping on trying to come out here and practice hard and get better.”

Young signed a three-year, $25.8 million dollar contract in the offseason. The signing made him the highest-paid nickel cornerback in the league. 

Now, the Ravens will use a host of cornerbacks to assume Young’s role on defense. He had 37 tackles, two sacks and one interception last season. He also recovered three fumbles, two of which went for touchdowns. 

“We’ve got a lot of guys, it will be a little different plan if Tavon’s not there, in terms of playing more guys in the slot than we normally would’ve,” Harbaugh said.

Jones, originally a second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2016, played 10 games in 2016 before a torn ACL and meniscus ended his 2017 campaign. 

He bounced between New England and Baltimore last season, twice, before settling into his role with the Ravens last year. He played in 13 total games, 11 of which were with Baltimore. 

As for this preseason, he’s registered six total tackles and an interception that went for a touchdown. He saw the majority of his work this preseason, though, against the Packers.

“I think I played hard, I think I played smart,” Jones said. “I got a little fatigued at the end, but overall, I think I’m holding my own out there, flying around and just trying to execute.”

Now, he’ll assuredly be in the mix at cornerback. Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr figure to be the team’s top cornerbacks, but Anthony Averett, Maurice Canady and the return of Iman Marshall could also play a part in how the Ravens fill the role.

Aside from the Young injury news, Harbaugh announced guard Marshal Yanda won’t play in the preseason, but will be ready for the season opener September 8 against the Dolphins. 

First-round pick Marquise Brown is on a much shorter trajectory, however, and could see playing time at the Ravens and Eagles joint practices Monday and Tuesday before the third preseason game of the season. 

That game won’t be a typical third preseason game, though, as Harbaugh told reporters quarterback Lamar Jackson won’t have much different of a workload than he did in the first two preseason games. He played 16 snaps against the Jaguars and 22 against the Packers.