Super Bowl XLVII: Friday morning links

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

What's ahead: Thursday marked the final day players for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens would be available to the media and now their full focus turns to Super Bowl XLVII. The head coaches are not off the hook, however, and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will address the media at 8:30 a.m. CT and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh will follow him at 9:30 a.m. CT.

• NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will give his "state of the NFL" address at 11:30 a.m. CT.

• The 49ers and Ravens both practiced at the New Orleans Saints' facility on Thursday, with their sessions overlapping by 10 minutes.

• Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs addressed his teammates for two minutes following their practice on Thursday.

• 49ers CEO Jed York weighed in on the comments made by cornerback Chris Culliver.

• Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti believes his team has a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco and intends to keep him in Baltimore for a very long time.

• 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's college coach, Nevada's Chris Ault, discusses the pistol offense.

• Hall of Fame 49ers quarterback Steve Young is jealous of the pistol, writes Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

• 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith makes sense for the Kansas City Chiefs, former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer thinks.

• Smith is due $8.5 million in total cash compensation in 2013, including a $1 million roster on the third day of the 2013 league year (which begins on March 12), but that salary is not an issue for the 49ers, CEO Jed York says.

• Alex Boone's move from tackle to guard has paid off for the 49ers, writes Matt Kawahara of The Sacramento Bee.

• The interior of the 49ers offensive line and Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata will be a key match-up to watch on Sunday, writes Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun.

• Conversely, 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith will go head-to-head with Ravens second-round pick Kelechi Osomele, who moved from right tackle to left guard at the start of the postseason.

• Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle has another key match-up: Ravens fullback Vonta Leach vs. 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

• Running back Ray Rice's conversion on 4th-and-29 against the San Diego Chargers was a key play in the Ravens' storybook season.

There's something special about these Ravens, writes Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.

• Rice hopes the Ravens keep retiring linebacker Ray Lewis' locker empty next season, Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports reports.

• Head coach John Harbaugh has the Ravens in the right mindset heading into Super Bowl XLVII, writes Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun.

• Safety Ed Reed, an unrestricted free agent after the season, would prefer to remain with the Ravens.

• Reed took issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell with the steep fines levied against defenders for hits on defenseless players, reports J. Michael of CSN Baltimore.

• Speaking of items that are unpopular with NFL players: Ravens safety Bernard Pollard is opposed to the idea of an 18-game season.

• Ravens cornerback Cary Williams says the team's defense has stepped up in the playoffs.

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