What they're saying about the Ravens, the 49ers and the Super Bowl (1/24)

Here is what other news outlets are saying about the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl XLVII today.

--- Tim Kawakami of


The San Jose Mercury News

in the Super Bowl.

"Boil out the flimsiest, fuzziest story lines and this Super Bowl is supremely easy to summarize in less than 25 words. The 49ers are a little better at the best things the Ravens do and a lot better at the things the Ravens do worst," Kawakami wrote. "There you have it. Simple, crisp, lean, complete... and almost nothing like any of the food I plan to consume in the French Quarter next week. OK, a little more: The 49ers have the more dynamic quarterback, the more varied offense and the stronger, younger defense, which are all the tangible pieces that mark a team as an eventual Super Bowl champion. They will win this game, and let's just go ahead and predict the score: 49ers 27, Baltimore 17."

--- Kevin Clark of

The Wall Street Journal

says that Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs


"Forgive the New England Patriots if they were confused on Sunday night as time ticked down in their AFC championship loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Through the stunned, silent Gillette Stadium, they probably didn't understand why one player was repeatedly shouting something about the 'Catalina Wine Mixer,' a curiously random reference to the 2008 Will Ferrell movie 'Step Brothers,' Clark wrote.' The noise was coming from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who is the loudest man on the field (any field) and all but certainly the loudest player in the NFL, according to his teammates. Suggs has a well-documented aptitude for chasing down quarterbacks. But to those who find themselves within earshot during games, he's also renowned for screaming anything that pops into his mind at the top of his lungs."

--- Scott Cacciola of

The New York Times


"The day he lost his job, Cam Cameron decided to go to his son Danny's high school basketball game," he wrote. "As soon as Cameron arrived at the gymnasium, he could sense that people were staring at him. It struck him as pity, or perhaps morbid curiosity. 'People were numb because they think you should run and hide,' he said. 'They think you're embarrassed. I've got nothing to be embarrassed about.' Until Dec. 10, Cameron occupied a high-profile position as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Then he was fired, and the Ravens began to thrive without him. The team's remarkable postseason run will culminate in a Super Bowl appearance against the San Francisco 49ers.  Some in the punditry business have cited Cameron's firing as a catalyst for the team's success. If you think this annoys him, think again."

--- Peter Schrager of FOX Sports writes that

have set up this Super Harbaugh Bowl.


"The dream seasons for both teams have been spearheaded by crucial coaching adjustments. Look high and low for the turning points on the field, and you can list a thousand different big grabs, runs and tackles," he wrote. "But the Ravens and 49ers' 2012-13 campaigns really clicked into high gear after two decisions were made off of the gridiron by two bold, fearless and downright cold coaches -- brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.  In the middle of two seemingly successful NFL seasons, they both cut bait with guys who'd been with them from the start of their head-coaching careers and got them where they were -- incredibly difficult midseason decisions that didn't have to be made. And neither guy -- nor team -- has looked back."

--- Steve Corkan of The Mercury News writes that benched 49ers quarterback Alex Smith admits to


"Smith fell short of his goal as a result of a concussion he suffered against the St. Louis Rams in the ninth regular-season game," Corkan wrote. "Coach Jim Harbaugh opted to stick with second-year player Colin Kaepernick once Smith recovered well enough to resume playing.  If Smith is bitter about how things played out, he isn't letting on. In keeping with his professional approach, he is going about his business as the backup and supporting Kaepernick and his teammates. 'It's the nature of sports,' Smith said."

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