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“Ray and Suggs, they like to talk a lot but they’re great players, so it’s kind of warranted,” 49ers fullback Bruce Miller said.

“I think that’s just the way they motivate their team,” San Francisco cornerback Tarrell Brown added. “Everybody feeds off that. Whatever works for them, that’s good.”

When Lewis told his teammates earlier this month that he was going to retire after the current postseason run, Suggs thought the team’s vocal leader was merely gearing up for another speech.

“He always talks to the team before the game, the middle of the season and going into the playoffs,” Suggs said. “I thought it was another day at the office, but he said some key words. It struck me. He said maybe it was time to start doing something else and it just kind of puzzled me and then it hit me. It really focused our team, not only to get it done for him, but just how precious this time and these moments are. You don’t get these opportunities every day.”

Lewis may the most prolific talker on the team, but he’s not the only one who enjoys yapping. As soon as they got off the plane from Baltimore, Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Matt Birk, Ray Rice and Joe Flacco were made available to the media.

While Lewis discussed, among other things, his pending retirement, his family and his love for God, Reed talked about everything from his training habits to his experience as a punt, pass and kick participant in New Orleans more than two decades ago.

None of it was going to get the 49ers riled up before Sunday’s game, which is just the way Harbaugh likes it.

“I think we’re very respectful of our opponents,” the coach said. “We always have been, and our opponents have respected us over the years. The team we’re playing is built the same way. We’ve got a lot of respect for the 49ers. We’ve got a lot of respect for their coach, the coaching staff, their players, and I expect it to be played in that way.”