Bottom line, CBS Sports did a good job Sunday night. Super Bowls are such crazed spectacles, and social media is so snark-infested these days, that any broadcast team which gets through one without becoming the story in a bad way should consider itself a winner.
The NFL will conduct a review for potential discipline of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for stepping onto the field during Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' kickoff return, according to a league spokesman.
The Ravens have a new cast of characters on their coverage teams in 2013, but in last week's preseason loss, their punt coverage team experienced the kind of breakdown that plagued them during the playoffs in 2012.
The Ravens' front office has earned plenty of praise for their decisions during the draft but it is also in the minutes after the final pick has been made, a period that assistant general manager Eric DeCosta equated to a "feeding frenzy," where the organization has historically done some of its best work.
It took only a few moments for Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda and starting cornerback Lardarius Webb during their respective preseason debuts to prove that their surgically repaired limbs are sound.
As punter Sam Koch was about to kick to Ginn following a safety, Flacco was telling tight end Dennis Pitta and offensive linemen Marshal Yanda and Matt Birk that they shouldn't let Ginn run down the field. If anyone had followed Flacco's advice and run onto the field from the sideline, it would have been an illegal tackle and would have caused the 49ers to be awarde a touchdown.
As Sam Koch prepared to boot a free kick to San Francisco 49ers return Ted Ginn Jr., quarterback Joe Flacco encouraged his teammates to run onto the field and tackle Ginn if it looked like he was going to score.
One Howard County Government official was locked out of the Superdome Sunday, another became the subject of a photo on news websites across the country and a third followed a superstitious ride to the Ravens Super Bowl victory.
The Ravens said they wanted to upgrade the offensive line in the offseason, but so far they haven't. It's still early, but it looks like the team has pretty much committed to the same bunch of characters from a year ago.
The Ravens hosted San Francisco 49ers wide receiver and return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. on Friday. Ginn has made a handful of visits, but the possibility of the former first-round draft pick leaving one Harbaugh (Jim) for another (John) is an intriguing one.
The Ravens turned a superb all-around effort into a 16-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in front of an announced Thanksgiving night crowd of 71,435 at M&T Bank Stadium, John Harbaugh jogged across the field and hugged Jim Harbaugh.