Rice, Smith win NFL honors

Rice, Smith win NFL honors
February 2, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Ray Rice and Torrey Smith won NFL awards the night before the Ravens take on the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Rice's wild catch-and-run that helped the Ravens convert on a fourth-and-29 late in the fourth quarter against the Chargers and was picked as the NFL's top play of the year. 

He took a short pass from quarterback Joe Flacco and ran through the San Diego defense to just barely make a first down. Rice started near the right sideline and weaved his way to the other side of the field and kept Baltimore alive. That was the key play in a drive that led to a game-tying field goal.

The Ravens later won it in overtime, a crucial victory this season. 

Smith won the league's "Never Say Never" Moment of the Year for his performance in the Week 3 win over New England in Baltimore. 

Smith's brother had been killed in a motorcycle accident earlier that weekend and, even though the Ravens gave him permission to sit out the game, the second-year receiver came up big with six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. His emotional performance helped the Ravens edge New England, 31-30, in front of a national TV audience. 

His effort got picked from five finalists by voters on NFL.com/gmc.

The Ravens now hope to fare just as well in Sunday's game.