Super Bowl XLVII: Tuesday morning links

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

Today is "Media Day" at Super Bowl XLVII, which gets underway with the San Francisco 49ers at 11 a.m. ET. The Baltimore Ravens portion will commence at 1:15 p.m. ET and you  can follow along via a live stream right here at "Shutdown Corner".

• The Ravens are "relaxed and ready" as they arrived in New Orleans on Monday.

• Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is drawing on his experience as the Philadelphia Eagles' special teams coach in Super Bowl XXXIX.

• Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wants to go out on top.

• Lewis should not make himself the story this week, writes Michael Preston of The Baltimore Sun.

• Ravens safety Ed Reed is happy to be back in his native Louisiana this week.

• Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco ripped the NFL's plan to play Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

• Scheduled to a free agent in March, Flacco will reportedly seek $20 million per year in his next contract. Hello, Franchise Tag! ($14.6 million)

• The Ravens' switch to Jim Caldwell as offensive coordinator has paid off, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

• Players and coaches on both the 49ers and Ravens weighed in on President Obama's take on football.

• Wide receiver Randy Moss is reminding his teammates that they are on a business trip, writes Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

• 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is at ease in the spotlight, writes Dan Yahoo! Sports.

• Kaepernick is a dangerous foe for the Ravens, writes J. Michael of CSN Baltimore.

• Beating the Ravens won't be easy for the 49ers, writes Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Hard work is ingrained in 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith, writes Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.

• Mike Iupati has has traveled a long road to become a Pro Bowl guard for the 49ers, writes Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

• A Hayward, California couple hoping to see the 49ers in the Super Bowl were the victims of a cruel hoax.

• The 49ers are not concerned about the recent sack drought of linebacker Aldon Smith, who was this season's recipient of the Bill Walsh Award, presented annually to the team's Most Valuable Player.

Smith voted for Randy Moss.

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