NEWS OF THE DAY: Players’ health and safety dominated the annual “State of the NFL,” with Commissioner Roger Goodell pledging that the league will be “relentless” in efforts to make the game safer. The league will continue to push for rules changes that could help reduce head trauma, punish illegal hits and emphasize proper tackling technique, Goodell said.
QUOTE THE RAVENS: “It will be a normal Friday practice with things we do on Friday, and we’ll be moving on from there.” — Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.
QUOTE THE 49ERS: “I concur.” — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh.
SUPER HISTORY: On Feb. 1, 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their record-setting sixth Super Bowl, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Tampa, Fla.
NEXT TWO SUPER SITE TEMPS: New Orleans (62 degrees, sunny); East Rutherford, N.J. (30 degrees, cloudy).
LOOKING AHEAD: Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and late Browns-turned-Ravens owner Art Modell are among the 15 finalists for the Hall of Fame, while Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson are favorites to win AP Most Valuable Player at the NFL Honors.
BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: “That may well tip the scale. That might be our edge, Jay. He’s really good,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh on Jay Harbaugh, a member of his Ravens coaching staff and Jim’s oldest son.
TWEET OF THE DAY: “This kind of seems like the movie “little giants” lol, The O’Shea brothers, and love the outcome of the movie ; )” — 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox ((at)pcox16).
FACTOID: The 49ers are 5-0 in the Super Bowl, the only team to go unbeaten in multiple trips to the NFL’s title game.
SUPER TALK: “I couldn’t feel more welcome here. You know when you look back at it, my picture, as you point out, is in every restaurant. I had a float in the Mardi Gras parade. We got a voodoo doll. … I’m serious, really, the people here have been incredible.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.