Baltimore Near End of an Era?

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NEW ORLEANS -- The vision has consumed some of them for almost a decade. During their most painful moments as Ravens, they wondered if it would ever happen, if they would ever experience a moment that their leader has spoken of so many times.

Linebacker Ray Lewis is the only Ravens player qualified to talk about it. Twelve years ago, he stood on the field at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., and lifted the Lombardi Trophy as confetti rained down on the Super Bowl champions.

Now, in the final game of his sterling 17-year NFL career spent entirely in a Ravens uniform, he and his teammates finally have the opportunity to fulfill that vision together. When they take the field tonight and face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz...

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