(NEW ORLEANS, LA) — The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business of deciding the NFL championship in Super Bowl 47. Super Bowl 47 may also decide a few other questions leading up to the game:
– Can Baltimore coach John Harbaugh continue his mastery over brother Jim? John’s Ravens beat Jim’s 49ers 16-3 in their first meeting on Thanksgiving night in Baltimore in 2011?
– Can San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) put to rest the myth that a scrambling, option-read quarterback can’t win a Super Bowl?
– Can retiring Baltimore middle linebacker Ray Lewis end his 17-year career on a winning note?
– Can San Francisco kicker David Akers get over his yips? Akers missed 13 field goals in the regular season.
– Can Joe Flacco win the big one? The Baltimore QB owns an 8-4 postseason record but has never won a Super Bowl.
And for those football-challenged types who attend Super Bowl parties anyway, there may be two additional looming issues:
– Will Beyonce (bee-AHN’-say) lip-sync the halftime show as she did the national anthem at the presidential inauguration?
– Will Alicia Keys lip-sync the national anthem as Beyonce did at the presidential inauguration?
– And which commercial will get the most buzz?
The envelopes, please
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Adrian Peterson’s sensational season following major knee surgery has earned him The Associated Press 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Peterson also won Offensive Player of the Year.
The Minnesota Vikings running back finished with 2,019 yards–just 9 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s rushing record. Peterson beat out Peyton Manning, who in his first season as Denver’s quarterback contended for a fifth MVP trophy. Manning’s four are a record.
Peterson received 30 1-2 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Manning got the other 19 1-2 votes
In other honors:
– Bruce Arians (AYR’-ee-ihnz) wins 2012 AP Coach of the Year award for role with Colts. He took over when Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia. He’s the first interim coach to win. He parlayed that success into getting the head coaching job at Arizona.
– Peyton Manning’s stunning return from four neck surgeries has netted him The Associated Press 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
– Houston Texans end J.J. Watt wins 2012 AP Defensive Player of the Year award. He got 49 of 50 votes.
– Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III wins AP 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
– Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (KOOCH’-lee) wins 2012 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
NFL-HALL OF FAME
Hall of Famers announced
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The class of 2013 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is comprised of six former players and a coach. The players are Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Warren Saap, Jonathan Ogden and Dave Robinson. The coach is Bill Parcells. Culp and Robinson were senior selections.
Five players were eliminated in the final vote: Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan (STRAY’-han) and Aeneas (ah-NEE’-uhs) Williams.
Earlier in the day, the selection committee eliminated Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Will Shields and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell.
The induction ceremony in the Canton, Ohio, shrine will take place Aug. 3.
Matt Harris, IdahoSports.com
Ahiza Garcia, CNN
Dave Gilbert, CNN