Super Bowl XLVII: Monday morning links

Brian McIntyre
January 28, 2013

"Shutdown Corner" will be kicking off each morning this week with a spin around Super Bowl XLVII, providing links to news and notes to get you ready for the game.

What's ahead: On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers arrived from Santa Clara, California and made six players and head coach Jim Harbaugh available to the media last night. The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to arrive in New Orleans at 4 p.m. ET on Monday and head coach John Harbaugh, quarterback Joe Flacco and other select players will be available to the media.

•"Shutdown Corner" editor Doug Farrar is on the scene in New Orleans this week and writes about how Jim Harbaugh has finally reached the Super Bowl after his previous attempts as both a player and coach came up short.

•Former 49ers head coach George Seifert is amazed by Jim Harbaugh, reports Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

•The Harbaugh brothers are not the only sporting siblings, writes Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

•Peter King of Sports Illustrated provides a history lesson on the 49ers' drafting of quarterback Colin Kaepernick in this week's MMQB column.

•49ers defensive end Justin Smith says his torn left triceps tendon is progressing and the All-Pro is getting more comfortable with the brace he's having to wear, reports Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

•Running back Frank Gore is the 49ers' "spiritual center", writes Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group.

•The 49ers are comparing their week-long trip in New Orleans to their recent stays in Youngstown, Ohio, which has served as the team's base of operations when the regular season schedule has them playing back-to-back games on the East Coast.

•49ers center Jonathan Goodwin, who spent five seasons playing the New Orleans Saints, will let his teammates know which nightspots to avoid this week.

•The Baltimore Ravens are preparing to handle the distractions that Super Bowl week provides.

•Before the Ravens depart for New Orleans, they'll make a stop at the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore for a rally with fans.

•Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee has battled through injuries and personal tragedies this season, writes J. Michael of CSN Baltimore.

•Additional time to prepare has worked out well for the Ravens under John Harbaugh.

•The remarkable O.J. Brigance brings strength to the players and coaches on the Ravens, writes Jonathan Pitts of The Baltimore Sun.

•Ravens running back Ray Rice is ready to make some noise in Super Bowl XLVII, writes Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports.

•Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones will be playing in front of his hometown crowd, writes Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

•Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, a former undrafted free agent, has had a resurgent season as he prepares to hit the unrestricted free agent market.