LOUISIANA: The Baltimore Ravens are the closest thing anyone has seen to defensive perfection this post-season and will enter Sunday’s Super Bowl 47 looking to take down another NFL powerhouse team.
Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh expects his players will rise to the moment and hopefully snatch a win from younger brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League championship game at the Superdome stadium.
“Big plays are going to be a determining factor in every single game,” John said Friday. “But it will be the little plays in between that make the difference.
“Guys that are in the right place in coverage, spacing, assessing the routes correctly, blocking, tackling, handoffs, quarterback-centre exchanges and throwing. Every little thing wins this game.”
The “Har-Bowl” will take John and Jim’s sibling rivalry to a new level after they led their respective teams to the NFL’s ultimate challenge.
Jim, who is 15 months younger than his brother, says his coaches are ready and the players excited for Sunday’s game, which will be the 10th Super Bowl held in New Orleans.
“We are getting a good understanding of what our plan is going into this game and all the while just thinking about the most exciting thing — when that ball is kicked off on Sunday for the game,” Jim said.
The Ravens’ team-of-destiny tag has grown with each playoff victory. Baltimore’s vaunted defence enters Sunday’s contest having shut down the league’s top two scoring offences in as many weeks.
The first Super Bowl in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and will also mark the last hurrah in a sparkling 17-year career for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.