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Standout defender Ray Lewis was rookie with Baltimore, team played against Randy Moss

Coach Jim Harbaugh talked about the Super Bowl being a "blessing and a curse," the latter because of his ties to the 49ers' upcoming opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.

Just how deep those ties are can be found in a box score from Dec. 13, 1998. The quarterback for the Ravens that day was none other than Jim Harbaugh, with the starting middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

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What's more, the Ravens opponent that day featured a player in the midst of one of the greatest rookie seasons ever for a wide receiver. His name? Randy Moss, now coached by Harbaugh.

"(I have) great respect for their organization," Harbaugh said Monday. "I worked with (general manager) Ozzie Newsome and (former owner) Art Modell. ... I know many of the Baltimore Ravens players and have great respect for them and their team. I'm happy for them."

"In the game in question more than 14 years ago, Harbaugh staked the Ravens to a 14-6, first-quarter lead, before the Vikings responded with 29 unanswered points.


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