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Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links

Shutdown Corner

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Jack and Jackie Harbaugh on Wendesday (USA Today Sports Images)

• Jack and Jackie Harbaugh met the media on Wednesday.

• Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti avoids the spotlight, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun.

• 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said an openly gay teammate would not be welcomed in the locker room before quickly backtracking.

• Ravens safety Ed Reed thinks he's already dealing with the ramifications of brain injuries, writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.

• Reed is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and could see himself playing for New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

• Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's performance in the playoffs takes an inside look at the switch the 49ers made at quarterback, going from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick.

• Kaepernick's tattoo artist is getting plenty of free advertising, writes Scott Sochnick of Bloomberg News.

• The 49ers will have three options with Smith this offseason, writes Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.

• Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is eager for a second chance at a Lombardi trophy.

• The pain of being ignored by the University of Tennessee has helped 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis become an All-Pro at the NFL level, writes Scott Ostler.

• Wind and rain forced the 49ers to practice indoors on Wednesday. Outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks were limited participants.

• Injured Ravens Dennis Pitta and Dannell Ellerbe practiced without incident on Wednesday.

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