Super Bowl 2013

Super Bowl XLVII
12:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks at a news conference in New Orleans on Monday. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. It will be Lewis' last game.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 8:09 am

When Secretariat won what was certified to be his last race, I went down onto the track at Woodbine, and gauging where he had crossed the finish line, snatched up the last grass that perhaps the greatest thoroughbred ever had laid hooves to in his career.

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Super Bowl XLVII
6:40 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Katrina's Scars Harder to See as Super Bowl Looms

New Orleans has celebrated plenty of milestones on its slow road to recovery from Hurricane Katrina, but arguably none is bigger than hosting its first Super Bowl since the 2005 storm left the city in shambles.

To see the remnants of Katrina's destruction, fans coming arriving for Sunday's game will have to stray from the French Quarter and the downtown corridor where the Superdome is located. Even in neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the storm, many of the most glaring scars have faded over time.

Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10
6:16 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB XII

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 on January 15, 1978, in the Louisiana Superdome’s inaugural Super Bowl.

During the regular season, the two teams seemed like mirror images at times. Both teams finished with a 12-2 record, and both teams’ defenses had a quirky nickname: the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” and the Cowboys’ “Doomsday.”

Naturally, defense was the theme from the outset, and the Cowboys’ Doomsday Defense was too much for Denver to handle. Dallas intercepted Denver quarterback Craig Morton four times and forced and recovered four Denver fumbles.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:36 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Quotes from the Baltimore Ravens Media Session: Linebacker Ray Lewis

Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis

On if he thinks about the ‘lasts’ of his career this week:

“I think honestly that I have already put it aside. I promise you that is the last thing on my mind: Is this the last? Is this the last? The most important thing for me is to be the leader that I am for my team, and really go out and try to win this football game. That is really the only thing on my mind right now.”

On advice to teammates about Super Bowl week:

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Pittsburg Steelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
11:10 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Super Bowl Memories: SB IX

New Orleans’ third Super Bowl saw the end of an era and the beginning of a dynasty.

Although it remained standing for several more years, Tulane Stadium hosted its last Super Bowl on January 12, 1975, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 and launched a Super Bowl legacy.

Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech alum Terry Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers to their first of six Vince Lombardi trophies in Super Bowl IX.

Much like New Orleans’ past Super Bowls, both teams were sluggish on offense early in the game.

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Super Bowl XLVII
11:02 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Why Chicken Wings Dominate Super Bowl Snack Time

Blame sports bars for the chicken wing boom, especially on Super Bowl Sunday.

Take a look at this remarkable graph — is it the stock market? Home sales?

Nope. Click on the blue box in the lower right-hand corner and you'll see that the blue line tracks the number of chicken wings that Americans bought at grocery stores over the last year. See that mighty surge of wing-buying in early February? Apparently, you just cannot have a Super Bowl party without chicken wings — millions and millions of chicken wings.

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Super Bowl XLVII
10:48 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Quotes from the Baltimore Ravens Media Session: Safety Ed Reed

Baltimore Ravens Safety Ed Reed

On how great it is to be back home in New Orleans for a Super Bowl:

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Super Bowl XLVII
10:38 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Archie Manning: Glad Super Bowl Focus is on Another Family

Archie Manning, patriarch of the NFL's best-known quarterbacking clan, says he's glad the Super Bowl focus is on another family this week.

Manning has practically been a fixture at the big game in recent years. Sons Peyton and Eli Manning have won three of the last six Super Bowls. The New Orleans Saints, the hometown team Manning toiled for through hard times, won a fourth during that stretch.

Super Bowl XLVII
10:18 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Mayor: New Orleans Deserves Super Bowl Spotlight

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu predicts the Big Easy will be one of the stars of Super Bowl week. He also thinks the global spotlight will give the city a chance to show how far it has come since it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The mayor and the host committee said Monday they want the city to get back in the rotation as a Super Bowl site. The last NFL title game to be played in New Orleans was in 2002. Sunday's game will mark the 10th time the game was held in the city. That ties it with Miami for hosting the most Super Bowl games.

Super Bowl XLVII
10:15 am
Tue January 29, 2013

49ers' Gore Kept Hope Through All The Adversity

Frank Gore never lost hope.

Not through all the injuries, all the losing early in his career.

That perseverance finally paid off this season for the San Francisco running back.

The 29-year-old Gore helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995, a triumph that is especially sweet given all he's been through. One of his teammates, fullback Bruce Miller, says he can see the satisfaction in Gore's eyes as the team prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.