By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:23 PM EST, January 26, 2013
The Ravens wrapped up their first week of preparation for the Super Bowl, concluding an uneventful three days with a final indoor practice Saturday morning at team headquarters.
The AFC champions were given Sunday off.
Now, the Ravens' next destination is New Orleans where they'll arrive Monday afternoon heading into their matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in one week at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"We're pulling up stakes on Monday and heading down to New Orleans," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We've had a great week. We've been through the whole week in terms of a normal week. We had an excellent practice. Our guys are very sharp, and they're excited.
"We'll have to get down there and do just as well and do better. We'll have to build on these practices, we'll have to stack good practices to be ready to play a great football team in the San Francisco 49ers, a very well-coached football team, I might add."
Of course, the 49ers are coached by Harbaugh's younger brother, Jim Harbaugh.
The unprecedented contest between two brothers for the Vince Lombardi trophy is likely to dominate conversation all week heading into next Sunday's kickoff.
Both the Ravens and 49ers have tried to maintain their focus. This marks the second game between the Harbaugh brothers after John Harbaugh's Ravens defeated the 49ers, 16-6, in a physical Thanksgiving game last season at M&T Bank Stadium.
"We think you are either getting better or you are getting worse," Harbaugh said. "You never stay the same. You better be improving right up to the last breath you take. That's the No. 1 thing. It's about football. We try to keep it simple, keep that focus on where it belongs and keep it about the important things."
Although the Super Bowl is accompanied by potential distractions in the French Quarter and the hype of Media Day, Harbaugh emphasized that he'll remind his players that the actual game doesn't change.
"The stage is big, but the field is small," Harbaugh said. "There are going to be these big thick white lines right there. We are going to be in between those white lines. You take that into perspective. We might show them that scene from ‘Hoosiers.’ Gene Hackman, who I met, tremendous guy. We’ll show them that scene, I think.”