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.
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.
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.
COLD-WEATHER BOWLS: Next year's Super Bowl in New York is unlikely to be the last played outdoors in a cold-weather city, judging by Goodell's remarks.
"The game of football is made to be played in the elements," he said. "Now, we hope they will not be extreme, but we will be prepared if that's the case. Some of the most classic games in history were played in extreme conditions."
STAT OF THE DAY: Bettors worldwide are expected to wager $100 million on the outcome of the coin toss to start the game.
That's according to gambling expert R.J. Bell of Pregame.com, which tracks betting trends in casinos in Nevada and elsewhere.
Bell says in the past 46 Super Bowls, the coin has fallen heads 23 times and tails 23 times. But the NFC has won 14 of the past 15 Super Bowl tosses.
Suckers might think that means the Ravens are due for the AFC, but Baltimore's chances of winning the toss this time: Still 50 percent.
ROONEY RULE: Despite eight coaching vacancies and openings for seven general managers, no minorities were hired for the NFL's most high-profile positions this off-season. Goodell says that's unacceptable.
"There was full compliance of the Rooney Rule. In fact, I believe there were a record number of interviews," Goodell said. "But we didn't have the outcome we wanted. It's very important to the success of the league to do that, and we're committed to find that solution."