Ravens, Niners are so close they can taste it; Super Bowl talk

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  • Published: Jan. 24, 2012 at 07:39 a.m.
  • Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 at 09:29 a.m.

They came within a hair's breadth of the Super Bowl, but like 28 other NFL teams, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers came up short in the end. What changes must the two clubs make to get to the promised land in 2012? Elliot Harrison looks into it in his ongoing series of exit interviews.

Here's what else is on tap for Tuesday:

Tune into NFL Network on Tuesday for live coverage of practices for Saturday's Senior Bowl, and catch "Total Access" at 7 p.m. ET. for all the latest Super Bowl news.
Would a fourth Super Bowl title make Tom Brady the best QB ever? The "Total Access" crew debates.
Once thought to be a liability, New England's defense has risen up in the playoffs thanks to mammoth nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Bucky Brooks writes.
Billy Cundiff admitted he felt rushed before his errant field-goal attempt Sunday. Now the Ravens believe the frenzy might have been caused by a scoreboard error in New England.
Find out who made the grade and who didn't in NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's list of the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
We've narrowed the list of the best plays of the 2011 NFL season to 20. Now you can vote for the top 10, with the winner announced Feb. 4 at the NFL Honors in Indianapolis.
The players aren't the only ones recognized for a season of success. Some of the NFL's finest cheerleaders also are rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl.
The February issue of NFL Magazine will feature an exclusive interview with the controversial Ndamukong Suh, a profile of Aaron Rodgers, pivotal playoff moments, and more.
Happy birthday to New York Giants tight end Travis Beckum, who turns 25 on Tuesday. Also turning 25 on Tuesday is Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing.