Each day this week, Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup for the Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII. Today, he looks at the challenge of defending San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the pistol offense.
So with the Ravens beginning their preparations for the Super Bowl, where they will duke it out with the San Francisco 49ers for the Lombardi Trophy, let¿s take a look back to see what I got right and what I got wrong.
Under the direction of Caldwell, in his first time calling plays at the NFL level, the Ravens have reached the Super Bowl while upgrading their offensive production and precision. And Flacco is playing arguably the best football of his career with 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the past five games.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco quickly came to a realization Sunday night while trailing the New England Patriots at halftime of the AFC championship game. It was a realization shared by coach John Harbaugh.
He was a blur on the football field, hitting everything in sight. He was barking at everyone within earshot, too. And when he is playing his game by pounding his opponents, no Raven might exemplify physical football more. No, I'm not talking about Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. I'm talking about Ravens safety Bernard Pollard.
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.
The Baltimore Ravens are going to the Super Bowl. Avenging last year¿s bitter loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game, the Ravens took apart New England in the second half, punching their ticket to the Super Bowl with a 28-13 victory at a stunned Gillette Stadium.
After 12 months defined by injuries, untimely deaths in their extended family and abrupt personnel changes, the Ravens are right back where they were last January, headed to Foxborough, Mass., for the AFC championship game.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers questions about the Ravens' 38-35 win over the Denver Broncos in the divisional round, Sunday's AFC championship game against the New England Patriots and more