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Ravens’ win cements NFL’s wild card era

The Baltimore Ravens’ win in Super Bowl XLVII showed once again that the NFL is in the midst of its wild card era.

The last three Super Bowl winners, and six of the last eight, opened their title run with a win on wild-card weekend, which bucks the former trend that holders of playoff byes were more likely to win the Super Bowl.

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