OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It has become, in recent years, a new-age Super Bowl Sunday ritual: After the TV commercials are dissected, after the halftime show is lauded or panned, once the game is over and the confetti is falling, fans are left to wonder: “How did that team win it?”
The out-of-nowhere team has come to be the dominant force in football’s grandest game. The Baltimore Ravens have a chance to continue the trend next Sunday. If they beat the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, the Ravens will become the sixth Super Bowl champion in the past eight years to have played a first-round game in the NFL playoffs en route to its title.