NEW ORLEANS -- Ray Rice said he's been an underdog his whole life, so any perception that the Baltimore Ravens won't beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII is fine by him. Still, the running back believes it has been overlooked just how impressive his team was on its road to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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"That was the way to get into the championship because we didn't want that feeling of them getting close to coming back. That was the only way to get over what happened last year."
"Being the underdog just feels like you have something to prove," Rice said. "If you always put yourself at the top, the only way you can go is down. Being the underdog, you have to climb and get to the top, and the only way you can get to the top is winning the Super Bowl."