“I’m just kind of numb to the whole thing,” Birk said. “Slowly, it’s coming though. Hopefully, I guess you realize the moment and appreciate it, but then obviously get to work.”
This year’s team went 10-6 in the regular season. Not bad, but Baltimore had a better record in 2006 (13-3), 2008 (11-5) and 2010 (12-4) and 2011 (12-4). The Ravens reached the AFC title game in 2008 and 2011 before finally getting it right on Sunday night.
They did it after overcoming the death of Modell, a three-game losing streak and the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Jim Caldwell, who took over for Cameron on Dec. 9, will return in the same position next season, Harbaugh announced Monday.
“I think our guys have done just a tremendous job all year of battling through adversity and overcoming the tough things that really make you into a close football team,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what [Sunday night] was. It was a team victory. It wasn’t one guy, it wasn’t about a group of guys, it wasn’t about one side of the ball. It was about a football team playing really good football in one of the biggest moments that football has to offer.”
Ever since he first arrived in Baltimore, Flacco imagined playing in the Super Bowl. And now, he’s on his way.
“I think every year when you get ready to go, you visualize yourself playing football at this time of year,” Flacco said. “It’s a tough deal to get to, but we’ve made it this far and we just got to make the most of it.”