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Three seasons after Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens and 49ers both looking up from the bottom

Three seasons after Super Bowl XLVII, Ravens and 49ers both looking up from the bottom

On the evening of Feb. 3, 2013, the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers met to decide NFL supremacy. Today, the two teams play again, hoping to stave off 2015 irrelevance.

Staying on the NFL mountaintop has proved difficult for both organizations since Super Bowl XLVII. Retirements, free-agent departures and injuries have whittled away talented and deep rosters. There have been off-field problems and on-field deficiencies. After engaging in a classic shootout on the sport's biggest stage, the respective franchise quarterbacks have buckled while having to carry the weight of an entire organization.

“It feels so long ago,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said when asked...

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