| Nov 19, 2012
| 10:37 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — It's too bad Colin Kaepernick wasn't available when Phil Emery set out to find a backup quarterback.
The first-year general manager had to strike quickly to find an experienced No. 2. The Bears invested big money in Jason Campbell,...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 6:29 AM
Some people say the worst thing you can call a football player is soft.
The Bears were soft against San Francisco.
Soft and unprepared. Soft and unresponsive. Soft and stupid. They met the 49ers’ toughness with all manner of embarrassing...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:20 PM
Ravens and 49ers
Los Angeles Times
In the NFC, I like the 49ers beating the Falcons. Atlanta couldn't stop Russell Wilson in the second half against the Seahawks, and Colin Kaepernick won't be any easier. Even with Justin Smith playing...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 12:03 PM
About Baltimore Sun staff picks:
Each week, Sun columnists and NFL reporters will pick games (not against the spread)
49ers at Falcons
Ravens at Patriots
Last week: 2-2
49ers 27, Falcons 21:...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday....
| Jan 24, 2013
| 4:00 PM
As the Ravens prepare to meet the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, Dannell Ellerbe was the only player to miss Thursday’s practice. The starting inside linebacker is dealing with ankle and back injuries.
Four players participated...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Each day this week, Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, he looks at the battle between the Ravens and 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith.
The Ravens offensive line was dented...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens.
137.7 -- Joe Flacco’s passer rating during Baltimore’s three straight touchdown drives in the AFC title game.
At halftime in...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Each day this week, reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, he looks at how the 49ers may try to keep Ravens running back Ray Rice out of the end zone.
In Ray Rice, the Ravens have one of the...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 12:24 PM
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens’ opponent that week. This week, I chatted with Jerry McDonald, who covers the 49ers and Raiders for The Bay Area Newspaper Group.
MV: How was the midseason...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 12:19 PM
In anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, Matt Vensel looks at 47 stats that define Sunday’s game.
1. Joe Flacco hasn’t thrown a single interception during these playoffs.
2. The Ravens are 7-0 when Flacco doesn’t throw a...