Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Ravens beat the New England Patriots, 28-13, in the AFC championship game on Sunday night. ... John Harbaugh's Ravens play Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. ... Anquan Boldin delivered on his promise to make things different this time around. ... The Ravens stumped Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by making a few minor tweaks after the first half. ... The offensive line paved the way to New Orleans. ... Terrell Suggs ripped the arrogant Patriots after the win. ... Ray Lewis is happy to be along for the ride.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens have banded together in a special postseason run. ... Joe Flacco is silencing his critics and establishing his legacy. ... Joe Flacco proved that he is a Super quarterback. ... The Ravens rode Joe Flacco's arm to the Super Bowl. ... The Ravens were down back in December, but they were never out of the hunt.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The Patriots blew a Super opportunity. ... Blunders in the red zone led to a disastrous end for the Patriots. ... With key injuries, the Patriots defense failed to produce big plays. ... Wes Welker again left plays on the field in a painful Patriots loss. ... Joe Flacco was the conquering hero when he left Foxborough this time around.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Have are five things we learned in the AFC championship game.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Former Towson standout Jermon Bushrod will represent the New Orleans Saints in the Pro Bowl. ... Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is not going to the Pro Bowl. ... New York Jets owner Woody Johnson told one G.M. candidate he never wanted Tim Tebow in the first place. ... The Cincinnati Bengals could draft another young quarterback. ... Peyton Manning is trying to get over his loss to the Ravens by going hunting with Todd Helton.