City of Baltimore to fete its Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens will celebrate their Super Bowl XLVII win with a parade on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake shared details in a radio interview on Sunday.  The parade is expected to begin at City Hall and end at M&T Bank Stadium.

The mayor also released the following statement:

“The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII. On behalf of the people of Baltimore, I want to congratulate Steve Bisciotti, Ozzie Newsome, Coach John Harbaugh and the players for bringing another Lombardi Trophy to our great city.”

Jacoby Jones among those setting Super Bowl records on Sunday

Super Bowl XLVII was one wild ride in New Orleans, and several Super Bowl records were set or tied in the Baltimore Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Here’s a rundown:

SUPER BOWL RECORDS SET IN SUPER BOWL XLVII
* Most Combined Yards, Game — 290, Jacoby Jones
* Longest Play — 108-yard kickoff return, Jacoby Jones
* Longest Kickoff Return — 108 yards, Jacoby Jones
* Longest Kickoff Return for Touchdown — 108 yards, Jacoby Jones
* Longest Touchdown Run, Quarterback – 15 yards, Colin Kaepernick
* Most Kickoff-Return Yards, Both Teams – 312 (Baltimore 206, San Francisco 106)
* Longest Time Of Game – 4:14

SUPER BOWL RECORDS TIED IN SUPER BOWL XLVII
* Most Touchdowns, Plays of 50-or-More Yards, Game – 2, Jacoby Jones
* Most Receiving Yards, Game, Tight End – 104, Vernon Davis
* Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game – 1, Jacoby Jones
* Most Safeties, Game – 1, Chris Culliver
* Most Touchdowns, Kickoff Returns, Game, Team – 1, Baltimore
* Most Safeties, Game, Team – 1, San Francisco
* Most Players, 100-or-More Receiving Yards, Game, Team — 2, San Francisco (Michael Crabtree 109, Vernon Davis 104)
* Most Points, Third Quarter, Both Teams – 24 (San Francisco 17, Baltimore 7)
* Most Field Goals, Game, Both Teams – 5 (San Francisco 3, Baltimore 2)
* Most Field Goals Without Miss, Game, Both Teams – 5 (San Francisco 3, Baltimore 2)
* Fewest Rushing Touchdowns, Game, Team – 0, Baltimore

Other Super Bowl XLVII notes:

Joe Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes in the 2012 postseason, tying the NFL single-postseason record shared by Joe Montana (1989) and Kurt Warner (2008). Flacco and Montana each did it without throwing an interception.

Ed Reed made the ninth interception of his postseason career, tying the NFL record shared by Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott.

Super Bowl XLVII was only the second league championship game in NFL history (including the pre-Super Bowl era) in which each team scored 30-or-more points. Pittsburgh defeated Dallas, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII in January 1979.

–Compiled By Elias Sports Bureau

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Suggs says Ravens would welcome gay player; Moss autobiography?

The media hype inherent in any Super Bowl took an unexpected turn toward civil rights this week, thanks to homophobic comments from San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver.

And though the 49ers immediately rejected the comments, and Culliver apologized in person on Thursday, the real legacy of this incident might turn out to be the progressive response of Culliver’s colleagues and not the young CB’s original remarks.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported from Super Bowl XLVII on Thursday that Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said the Ravens would have no problem accepting a gay player, and 49ers star Randy Moss says players “need to be able to move on and accept it.

Speaking of Moss, he’s had quite a busy week, and Rapoport says fans who never tire of the controversial wide receiver’s blunt opinions might soon have an entire Moss autobiography to drool over.

Burger chain Red Robin has ‘golden offer’ for Kaepernick

After seeing a recent article in the New York Daily News that described gourmet burger chain Red Robin as “a favorite haunt” of Colin Kaepernick,  the restaurant decided to return the love.

Red Robin took out a full page ad in Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, where CEO Steve Carley addressed a letter to the San Francisco 49ers quarterback. If the Niners win Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Red Robin will give Kaepernick free food for life.

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And fans are invited to get in on this “golden offer” as well.  All Red Robin restaurants in the San Francisco area will offer a buy one, get one free Tavern Double Burger on the Tuesday after the big game.

Red Robin says it’s just one additional incentive for Kaepernick to lead his team to victory.  (Could an endorsement deal be on the way next?)

Super Bowl predictions reveal NFL players’ sentimental favorite

Ask a representative sampling of NFL players who’s going to win Super Bowl XLVII, and you’ll get some interesting insight into these guys. Most players will simply pick the team from their conference. (Although Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has his own idea of loyalty: He just wants whichever defense plays better to win.) It doesn’t take long, though, before an obvious variable appears this season: The Ray Lewis Factor.

Why else would veteran Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher go against the grain and pick the Ravens? And though Seattle Seahawks kick returner Leon Washington used to be an AFC guy with the New York Jets, it’s clearly Lewis’ popularity that has so many NFC players willing to switch sides for a day — a point rookie Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin readily admits.

Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin are both picking the 49ers to win, but even those two lifelong NFC warriors admit they’ll be rooting for Baltimore.

We suspect that sums it up for a good many football fans this year: Head says Niners, heart says Ravens.

Denver mayor does the Ray Lewis ‘squirrel dance’

Denver mayor Michael Hancock finally settled his debt to the city of Baltimore — and to the Ray Lewis dance gods.

Hancock made a friendly wager with Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (as NFL city mayors often do in the playoffs) leading up to the Ravens-Broncos divisional-round matchup. Hancock would have to ship a crate of dry-aged “cowboy cut” rib-eye steaks to Rawlings-Blake and publicly perform a rendition of Lewis’ pregame “squirrel dance.” After the Ravens rallied to a double-overtime win, however, it was reported that Hancock injured himself at a stock show and would have to delay his dance.

Well, the wait finally is over. Hancock has posted a YouTube video of himself busting into what appears to be a meeting of Denver leaders and getting his dance on.

Enjoy.

Sapp shocked — shocked! — when murder case comes up

One had to feel for Ray Lewis on Tuesday. This is supposed to be the big guy’s Final Ride, and yet the Super Bowl’s biggest non-game day event turned into a double whammy for him: First he had to answer to allegations that he attempted to acquire deer antler spray; then he was asked, once again, about his involvement in a murder case 13 years ago.

Ex-Miami Hurricanes stick together, and on NFL Network, analyst Warren Sapp clearly wasn’t down with the idea that someone with a microphone would bring up a trial that was settled well over a decade ago.

As for Lewis himself, he didn’t seem irritated that it was brought up. He simply declined to offer any new thoughts on an old subject.

Maybe if someone would ask Lewis a linebacker question (like which team is more physical, the Ravens or 49ers, or what his role would be Sunday in containing Colin Kaepernick’s running threat) Lewis could have spewed forth as only he can and filled a solid three to four minutes of video for everyone to enjoy.

Instead, we get the (admitted) pleasure of watching Warren Sapp get real with Rich Eisen.

Randy Moss says he’s greatest wide receiver of all-time

It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl media day without at least one player saying something to work up the assembled media.

The big, eyebrow-lifting comment from the early hours of Super Bowl XLVII Media Day came from San Francisco 49ers veteran wide receiver Randy Moss, who said he considers himself to be the greatest wide receiver of all-time.

Most NFL fans probably wouldn’t even consider him the best wide receiver in 49ers’ history, but at least Moss explains his reasoning. If he truly believes that, Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens would provide him the perfect opportunity to show off the skills that have made him the greatest.

Nixon couldn’t resist temptation to be Play Caller in Chief

Barack Obama isn’t the only U.S. president to demonstrate an avid interest in football. Former President Gerald Ford was a great player at Michigan, Dwight Eisenhower was a great player at West Point before hurting his knee, Ronald Reagan played George Gipp in a Hollywood movie, and Teddy Roosevelt helped save the sport itself from extinction. But the biggest football fan to serve in the White House was probably Richard Nixon.

The 37th president did himself no favors with his infamous Oval Office taping system, but at least two of those taped calls make him endearing to us. Listen to Nixon and Washington Redskins coach George Allen talk a little pigskin in 1972, via Youtube. And who among us can’t relate to Nixon here, on the phone with daughter Julie but unable to contain his anger when something (what, we wonder: a sack? a turnover? a bad call?) goes terribly wrong in the game he’s watching on TV.

Much has been made over the years of two episodes in which Nixon is reported to have funneled plays to coaches — both times with dismal results. Legendary Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula shed some new light this week on Nixon’s supposed contribution to the Dolphins’ game plan in Super Bowl VI against the Dallas Cowboys. According to Yahoo! Sports, Shula debunked the legend that Nixon called him at 1:30 a.m., but the prez did say the Dolphins could hit wide receiver Paul Warfield on a “down-and-in pattern.”

“I said, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea,'” Shula said. “Warfield was a great receiver, one of our biggest threats, so I’m sure we game-planned him to be a big part of what we were trying to do offensively.”

It was really moot, of course, in a 24-3 Miami loss, but the other play Nixon is often blamed for figured prominently in the Redskins’ 24-20 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers that same season. Nixon reportedly called Allen, who handed the phone to Redskins quarterback Billy Kilmer. Nixon suggested a double-reverse to Redskins wide receiver Roy Jefferson. The play was called during the game and was sniffed out for a 13-yard loss, forcing an unsuccessful field-goal attempt.

To summarize, Richard Nixon could handle Nikita Khrushchev, Chairman Mao and two U.S. presidential elections. NFL play calling? Now that’s tough.

Colin Kaepernick: I let Jim Harbaugh win first leg of throwing contest

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick certainly seems to be cut from the same cloth as his coach, Jim Harbaugh. Both men are passionate about football, vocal leaders and both have a keen sense of humor. After Harbaugh joked about having running skills similar to Kaepernick, the young QB took to the podium to answer questions about a throwing competition he had back in college during a visit with coach Harbaugh.

Kaepernick shed some light on the throwing exhibition, noting that the duo of quarterbacks engaged in throws at the goal posts and determining who had the better spiral. When it got down to finding out who emerged victorious, Kaepernick didn’t hold back.

“I let him with the first one, then I won the rest,” Kaepernick said with a smile.

Jim Harbaugh runs like Colin Kaepernick — in his dreams

The younger Harbaugh brother coaching in Super Bowl XLVII took some time to chat with reporters after the San Francisco 49ers arrived in New Orleans Sunday evening.

NFL.com’s Stacey Dales asked Jim — himself a quarterback in the NFL for 14 years — if he saw any personal qualities reflected in his young starting QB Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh’s displays of passion during games don’t go unmentioned, but his humor was on display as well in this response:

“When Colin’s running … the stride that he has,  the gracefulness with his stride, the ground that he covers, how fast and quick he is —  reminds me of myself. And then I wake up,” Harbaugh said.

San Francisco 49ers arrive in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII

The San Francisco 49ers are technically the home team in Super Bowl XLVII, so it makes sense that they arrived Sunday in New Orleans before the Baltimore Ravens (who are scheduled to fly into “The Big Easy” on Monday).

Niners players, staff and family members landed at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 6:56 p.m. local time ready to embark on a week of preparations for the biggest game of their lives. If the 49ers are nervous, it certainly didn’t show as they made their way off the plane and onto the tarmac in New Orleans.

Super Bowl Recipes

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Party food is essential to any successful Super Bowl gathering. Almost as essential as the game itself. If your guests aren’t happily stuffing their faces, you probably won’t be asked to host the Super Bowl again next year. To help your Super Bowl party be a hit, we wanted to help take the onus off of you to concoct a list of delicious party food ideas. So we reached out to a local restaurant, NFL fans, and our own staff to compile this list of easy recipes and appetizers for your Super Bowl party.

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The Casual Fan’s Super Bowl Guide

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It’s almost here, the big kahuna, the social event of the year: the Super Bowl.

This year’s contest, Super Bowl XLVII, figures to be a classic, pitting hardened defenses against high-powered offenses, and brother against brother in a coaching duel for the ages.

Oh, wait, you didn’t know all of this ahead of time? And you don’t care? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Since everyone that wants to know the nuts and bolts about the game and matchups has likely already scoured our site for insight and analysis, we wanted to provide the rest of you with some much needed content and guidance. A bit of a more humorous approach for those fans out there who love the Super Bowl, but might not spend the entirety of their Sundays watching NFL coverage.

So with that, and all of you wonderful fans in mind, this is our Casual Fan’s Guide to Super Bowl XLVII. Here you’ll find humorous analysis, human-interest pieces, and a guide to throwing/cooking for the best Super Bowl party ever. Why are we still wasting your time selling it? We have no idea! So we’ll shut up and let you get to reading:

A Casual Fan’s Guide:

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