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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/49ers

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/49ers

Posted on 05 February 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return TD (3rd quarter)

4. Jacoby Jones 56 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 10 (2nd quarter)

3. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Randy Moss on two point conversion attempt incomplete (4th quarter)

2. Joe Flacco 15 yard pass to Anquan Boldin on 3rd and inches (4th quarter)

1. Colin Kaepernick pass intended for Michael Crabtree on 4th and goal incomplete (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Crabtree thinks only 49ers can beat 49ers

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on a good practice on Wednesday) “We had a good practice. I think I had a bad practice. I just cannot wait for the big day.”


(on what went wrong for him at practice) “I just feel like I had a slow, sluggish practice. Everybody else was out there flying. I think I need to catch up today and do the job.”


(on where the team is offensively) “I think we have stepped up a little bit. We always knew that we could be up here and be in this game. It was just going to take the offense (stepping up). Last year, it was slow with offense but we always knew we could be up here. All we had to do was connect the dots. Make it happen.”


(on what they need to do against the Ravens’ defense) “Just win. We just have to go do our job.”


(on his opinion of Wednesday’s practice) “I think we had a good practice. It was one of the best practices I think we have had, but one of the worst practices for me personally. It is always challenging with practices during Super Bowl week. I just cannot wait to go back to work today.”


(on how the 49ers get ready for their games) “It is football. We just get excited about the opportunity we have—especially right now playing in the Super Bowl. That was the goal from day one. I think that is what motivated us.”


(on dealing with the media) “I usually do not even talk to the media in my town. I do probably one or two times a week, but it is what it is. It is the Super Bowl. It is the big dance. Whatever comes with it, I am ready for it.”


(on quarterback Colin Kaepernick always having a lot of media around him) “Yeah. It is the Kaep show.”


(on his feeling leading up to the game) “I am just taking it easy right now. We know how many days we have left and I am just taking it easy. I am really ready to play, but you have to do what you have to do.”


(on his rapport with Colin Kaepernick compared to with quarterback Alex Smith) “I do not like to compare like that. I just feel like Kaepernick came in and did what people really have not seen. I am just running along with it.”


(on being the benefactor of Colin Kaepernick playing) “Yeah, it is a difference. The difference is that Kaepernick is just coming in balling. Making plays with his feet, arm and I am just trying to catch everything he throws.”


(on his expectations of Sunday) “I expect us to all go out there and do our job. Come out with the ‘W.’ That is the goal.”


(on who will be the non-obvious MVP of the Super Bowl for the 49ers) “I have no idea. That is the best thing about the Super Bowl, you never know.”


(on who worries him most from the Ravens) “I think we are our biggest concern. Nobody can beat us, but ourselves. That is a bold statement, but I feel like that is how I feel.”


(on what it means to be in the Super Bowl) “We always talk about the Super Bowl. We always dreamed about the Super Bowl and it is something you always wanted to do since you were a kid. Just happy right now. I cannot wait to get to the big game.”


(on what makes Colin Kaepernick being a special player) “I played against him in college. We beat him, but he put up numbers. I talked to Coach (Mike) Leach about him and Coach Leach was always saying (Kaepernick) should have been in the Heisman race. He got looked over. Always knew we had the weapons and he had the tools to do what he is doing now.”




Super Bowl XLVII – Thursday, January 31, 2013






(on what makes Colin Kaepernick so good) “The arm, how fast he is and he is not just one of those crazy runners either. He slides and goes out of bounds, which is great.”


(on how hard Colin Kaepernick throws the ball and trying to catch it in practice) “He has the arm. Some guys are scared, but it is not like that. We do with him what we are supposed to do. When he used to back in the day, his first year here, I do not think he could control his arm and he was just throwing fast every play.”


(on having to really focus to catch such hard throws) “Right. That is what I have been telling everybody, ‘We have to focus on this ball. We have to see the ball in.’”


(on if Colin Kaepernick has more touch this year) “Yeah but he still throws it. He has not played that many games, but he still is growing. Just like me. The whole team, we have a young team, we are still growing, maturing and trying to be the best we can be.”


(on what it is like to have so much attention since college) “I would not say all eyes have been on me, but I feel like I did a lot in college. Did more than most, but still have room to get better. I really do not like the eyes on me like that. I guess that comes with if you want to be the  best, that is what is going to happen. I am still grinding.”


(on the pressure that comes with his role) “No pressure. I just believe in my game; rely on my game on the field to get me by. That is all it is, being a football player.”


(on if the accusations of last week had messed up this week for him) “No, I guess it comes with the territory. I have talked to a lot of people and it is happened to a lot of people. Just the word allegations—it is just a word.”


(on if things have changed in his life this year) “Really the same people and the same things are going on around me since day one. I am comfortable about what I am doing.”


(on how things have changed for him on the field) “Quarterback. There has been a big quarterback change, but that is about it. Everything else is smooth. The defense is still balling, guys are still running their routes and Kaepernick is delivering.”


(on how the coaching staff has been using him differently) “Really just putting me out there and getting me more targets. It is no secret, when I first came in it was three or four targets to now when I am getting eight. A lot of first downs and getting the ball on third down. It is a football game and I am getting older, but I am still young. That is the crazy part about it. I am just trying to get better.”


(on if he feels like he is getting older) “I do not even feel like I am getting older. I have been through so much, it just feels like I am getting older. I am still young. My body feel like I am 19 or 20. It is all good.”


(on his mind feeling like it is older now) “Yeah. A little more experienced.”


(on if it bugged him being called a diva receiver early in his career) “No, not at all. That is just opinion. I do not really read the media or the news and do all of that. That stuff will bother you, but I know who I am. The guys around me know who I am, so that is all that matters.”

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San Francisco WR Crabtree calls Moss “older brother” in 49ers offense

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff


(on what motivated him this season) “I wanted to be that guy. I wanted to be the number one receiver in the league. It takes a lot of hard work.”


(on one of his main goals as a wide receiver) “To take the offense to another level. Around here it’s more like everyone is talking about our defense. We really just took on that role, getting better and trying to make our offense number one.”


(on which receivers he looked up to growing up) “I had all type of guys like Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Michael Irvin. There were a lot of people. I looked up to running backs and quarterbacks. I played quarterback my whole life. I didn’t play receiver until I got to college. I just like football.”


(on which wide receiver best resembles his style) “I used to just try and put everybody together to create my own identity. That’s probably the beauty of football.”


(on the greatest receiver of all time) “I would say as a playmaker, Randy Moss.”


(on what he thought of Randy Moss joining the 49ers) “Whatever it takes to help the team. I had Isaac Bruce when I first came in the league. It’s always good to have one of those legendary guys around you. It’s not going to do anything but better your game.”


(on the offensive weapons that the 49ers possess) “There’s a lot. I could go on talking about the talent that we have around here. On the tight ends, running backs, you have to remember we have three people injured that played a major part in our offense. But I would say that with all of these weapons, I don’t think that you can go wrong.”


(on the team’s quarterback change during the season) “It was a process, but I think that with practice where the quarterbacks are getting so many reps we would go with (Colin Kaepernick), (Scott) Tolzien and we would go with Alex (Smith). I’m sure that it’s not way far off, but it worked.”


(on Alex Smith) “He’s a football player. Guys like that, you can’t faze them too much. We still have that one goal in mind and that’s to win.”


(on thinking of his linemen as weapons) “Yes, that’s football. Offensive linemen and defensive linemen, that’s NFL football, high school football, college football, they run the whole team. Without a great offensive line I don’t think that too many wide receivers or running backs would be making plays like that. So that’s good for us.”


(on the camaraderie with his linemen) “I enjoy them a lot, I talk to them every day and I mess with them every day. We have fun. They’re big, goofy guys; big people are usually the funniest people. They are my friends.”


(on what practice is like with Kaepernick) “We just really have fun at practice and try to get better every day. We talk a lot. He talks to everybody. I think that he’s getting better with the tight ends, he’s getting better with the running backs, not just with me. I feel like the offense as a whole that the sky’s the limit for us so we’re just trying to get better every day.”


(on what the team hopes to accomplish today during practice) “What we’re trying to accomplish? We’re trying win. We’re taking practice as we always take it – step-by-step, going over our play, and watching film. Just really trying to get the win.”



(on Coach Jim Harbaugh being fired up for this week) “I guess that’s just his lingo. That’s how he talks, but I would say that everybody is fired up. Everybody  is ready to play. It’s something that you dream of when you’re a little kid so now that you’re here you’ve got to take on the opportunity and come out with the win.”


(on Vernon Davis and the other team’s tight ends) “He’s a tight end. That’s what tight ends do; they block and they catch passes. I think that he’s doing his job. I wouldn’t say he’s unselfish, I’d say that he’s really a professional at his position. So is (TE) Delanie Walker, those guys can do both catch and block. Delanie does a lot. I would say that he’s like a fullback at tight end and he can run after the catch. I’d say that everyone as a whole in the offense is getting better with Kaepernick. All of us are together as one trying to make plays for each other.”


(on the quarterback Colin Kaepernick) “A lot of people say timing, but I guess the timing was him coming in the game. It’s really just him throwing the ball and giving us a chance and really pushing us with his arm. The guy can throw so hard, so far – it really just makes you step up – your speed, your focus. It brings the best out of all of us.”


(on if the change in the offense’s production factored into the QB change to Kapernick) “No, I don’t. I don’t really make any decisions and I really don’t know how it works out, but you know the story. As Alex (Smith) got hurt and Kap came in, he had the hot hand. Same story.”


(on Kaepernick’s throwing style) “He’s like a pitcher. The guy’s got a cannon. You just have to focus all the time on his ball.”


(on if Kaepernick throws the hardest football he’s ever caught) “Yes, probably. Him and Troy Smith. Troy Smith – he had a cannon too.”


(on if he’s having fun this week) “Yes it’s cool. It’s a little early (in the morning) right now, but it’s cool.”


(on if he feels that his game was taken to another level this year and what went into that process) “I think each year I got better each year. I started out a little slow, then the next year they gave me more opportunities, more targets. I did the best I could do. And this year I got more targets and I’m feeling like I’m on my way.”


(on what goes into trying to be the best receiver in the game) “It’s a lot of stuff. For a receiver, you need a quarterback, you need targets and then you also need to take advantage of all of your opportunities. Like I said, I’m on my way and I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and keep critiquing myself and really just trying to be the best.”


(on if at any point if he thought that he might be drafted by the New York Jets) “No. Not at all.”


(on playing with Randy Moss) “Randy’s like my older brother. An older brother you would have that’s been through a lot that you just can learn from just talking to him, watching him. You just can learn a lot of stuff. He’s a legend and I hope he’ll be here next year. That’s my guy and every day we’re just going through the motions trying to make something happen.


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Moss believes he’s helped Crabtree grow ahead of Super Bowl

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on wide receiver Michael Crabtree) “I think first and foremost Michael really has all the skills to be a complete wide receiver. If he did not have him so high. I just think that he just needed somebody really older that has really been through what he has been through to be able to get him down that path. Not look at me as a father figure or anything like that, just more as a friend and a teammate. Like I said yesterday, the first thing that I told him was that I am not here to replace him or do anything. I said (to him), ‘Man, I want to play with you and let things happen together.’ He has had a hell of a year man. I think it is his best year in his professional career. Only thing I can hope is he continues to be the person he is. Keep making plays.”


(on if he enjoys playing with Crabtree) “Yeah, because I think that I can speak for the whole offense, Crabtree has made some phenomenal plays this year. I think it starts out in practice really. I have not been here, I just came for camp. I do listen and I do read. The things he was doing in practice—and I told him ‘The things you do in practice you have to be able to let them roll on over to the field.’ Like I say, speaking for the whole offense he has got us out of some traps this year with his hands and run after the catch. He has had a hell of a year. Only thing you can do is just tip your hat off to him and hope it keeps going.”


(on getting back to practice) “I think that we have been here the last couple of days and we have been out walking streets and out eating. Sort of what I am saying is we have gotten our fun out of the way. We are here to do a job and that is to play football. I think that (Coach Harbaugh) said it right, I am excited to get out there and practice today. We have a defensive back, Tramaine Brock, and he gives us hell each and every day. I actually am ready to go out there and compete with him today. So I am excited, I really am.”


(on helping the 49ers defensive backs)  “I think that I have seen enough football to kind of know that what I see is what I see. I have given some input. Have they used it? I really do not know. If they see something going on out there, I expect them to come over and talk to me about it. That is what teammates do. That is what football is all about. It is very important for us to get out to a fast start and be there for one another. We have one game left. After that, it will be a long offseason. I think it will be a long offseason if we lose, but a short offseason if you win. Like I said, we are teammates and I think whatever we can do to help each other out. Let’s win a game.”


(on writing a book in the future) “I have not really figured it out yet. I just know that I think for people to understand me a little more, to understand what I have been through, I would like to write a book. I really do not have a title for it right now. I think once it is all said and done and everything settles down for me, slows down a little bit, I think I am going to write a book. A lot of you guys at this table, I have never seen you before and I know you do not me. You just know what you read. I think for you to really understand me and what I come from and how I do things, you need to read it.”


(on what people do not know about him) “Well right now, I am playing in the NFL. When the book comes out you will be able to sit down and read it. I am not trying to write a book that is going to be disrespectful and like that. I think it is just something like when you go to Starbucks to get coffee or you go to see people and read a book, I would like for people to really sit down and enjoy my book. Get to know me a little better. Like I said, I have been through a lot and I put a lot of heart, soul and dedication into this. Sacrificing each and every day to make sure I go out here and prepare myself to be the best. I think that is going to be one of the main focal points of my book. The approach that I took to be how I am.”


(on the importance of the 49ers locker room getting to know him) “Yeah because I think that they already had their perception of me already made up. Good or bad, I did not really care. I just wanted to let them know I am all the way in. I told Coach Harbaugh back during the OTAs and minicamp that, first of all, I wanted to make the team and then be able to go out here and make plays. The playmaking has not really been there this year, but, like I said, everything else has really been there.”





Super Bowl XLVII – Wednesday, January 30, 2013






(on quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s improvements) “I really do not know. I would say his preparation I guess. (Kaepernick) has come into being our starting quarterback with his eyes forward. Not looking on either side of the road. Just keep it straight forward. I would say his preparation because when he came in, everybody makes mistakes, but you could see some of the mistakes he was making and now he is ready to lead. That is something you can appreciate in a quarterback.”


(on Colin Kaepernick’s toughness) “I think his inner toughness is as tough as his outer. I like him. I really do. I like everything that he does and everything that he stands for. The kissing of the tattoos and all of that. I like him, I really do. I am a fan of his.”


(on what he has learned from the team’s younger guys) “I think being around a group of young guys does not make me feel so old. What I mean by that is there are days I have come out, been a little achy or a little sore and not really ready to go out there and practice. Then you get the jokes and stuff coming from Aldon Smith, Michael Crabtree, Carlos Rogers and C.J. Spillman. It is really something that motivated me to loosen my bones up and get myself ready to practice.”


(on what the young guys say to him) “You name it. Really, you name it. It is nothing that I have not heard from them just as far as my age. Like a lawn mower—you know how you start a lawn mower up and you have to pull the string to start it up? They are talking about, ‘Moss let’s get ready. Go ahead and start your lawn mower.’ It is all in fun. It is not out of disrespect. They have to have somebody to pick on. It goes both ways. We have a great time. Being around those great groups of guys who are young and keep me young too.”


(on Jerry Rice disagreeing that Moss is the greatest receiver of all-time) “Everybody is going to have their opinion. I do not live on numbers. I really do not. If you sit here and just said who is the greatest running back? Statistically it is Emmitt Smith. People would say Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers or Jim Brown. Their numbers do not match Emmitt Smith, but people would say Emmitt Smith is the best running back.”


(on how to judge the best receiver) “You make your own judgment. You really do. I know what I think. I am not going to sit up here and tell you how to look at it and how to judge it. I think when it comes to going out there, making plays and helping the team do the things that they are able to do to win the game—I think I am the greatest receiver ever, point blank. Next question.”


(on people’s reaction to him calling himself the greatest ever) “I think that it speaks of the impact that I have made on this NFL football league. If Joe Blow would have said it, I do not know if it would have been in USA Today. Since Randy Moss said it, it is front of the sports page. Like I said, I just try to stay humble and do my job. That is what I am able to do. I am able to come out and try to say these things, but I do believe in my heart and my mind I am the greatest to ever do it.”


(on the 49ers offensive weapons) “It goes on. We have a lot of weapons really. I think it is really true to say there is not really enough balls to go around on this offense. I do not mean that in a disrespectful way. I just think that we have so many weapons. We have tight ends. We have receivers. We have running backs, and injuries do occur. When Kendall Hunter went down, LaMichael James came in and stepped up. (Mario) Manningham went down and we have a young A.J. Jenkins. He has bloomed and been able to go out here and make a couple of plays for us this last month. This team is very talented. When it comes to salary caps in this league, it is hard to really keep a talented team together for so long. Hopefully the 49ers can keep them a good team together because it is a great core of guys and they love to play football.”

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Crabtree says legal issues behind him at Super Bowl

Posted on 29 January 2013 by WNST Staff



(on what has been the most unreal part about the Super Bowl so far) “That we are still playing, still practicing, still going to meetings. It feels unreal.”


(on if he remembers watching his first Super Bowl) “I really don’t. I’m sure I watched the countdown on all of the Super Bowls. I was playing Tecmo Bowl and all of the video games.”


(on what QB Colin Kaepernick has been like this week as a young player handling a big stage) “He is the same. I feel like everybody is the same.”


(on how they have managed not to let this moment get too big for them) “It’s really just coming into New Orleans and thinking the same. It’s a football game, it’s something that we have to do. It’s a goal we have had for so long and we have finally reached it. Now, we just have to make it happen.”


(on the best advice WR Randy Moss has given him) “I am with Randy every day, so there is so much stuff I hear. It’s comedy and at the same time it’s real. I heat something every day.”


(on his favorite Randy Moss memory growing up) “I’m sure everybody did it, but you always say ‘Moss.’ When you catch a ball over somebody, it’s always ‘Moss.’ It’s funny when you are at practice and you catch a ball over somebody and they say, ‘you got Moss’d.’ You talk to the DB and you say, ‘you got Moss’d,’ and Moss is sitting right there next to you.”


(on his reaction when he learned that Randy Moss had signed with the 49ers) “I was just honored to be next to him. A guy like that, a legend. He was someone that you looked up to when you were younger. It’s just a great feeling.”


(on Colin Kaepernick starting his 10th career game in the Super Bowl) “It’s crazy man and it is what it is. The guy can play some ball. We are in the Super Bowl and half of it is because of Kaepernick. You can’t ask for a better quarterback.”


(on what is special about Colin Kaepernick) “I would say keeping the play going longer, running the ball and throwing the ball. It’s just a combination of things.”


(on if he and Colin Kaepernick have had a race and who is the fastest player on the team) “No. Everyone talks about a race. The DB’s think they are the fastest. There is a lot of competition. Guys can’t wait to race. It will be like Any Given Sunday…I don’t know. I would say that Teddy Ginn (WR Ted Ginn Jr.) is the fastest. We are probably down the line because you have guys like A.J. Jenkins that can really run now.”


(on if he has played this game on Madden yet) “I think we did it last night on the Madden Challenge, but we didn’t finish the game. It was tied up at halftime.”


(on how much he enjoys the media attention of the Super Bowl) “I will probably enjoy the game more than I enjoy all of this. It’s always good to be here and it is what it is. We are just out here having fun.”


(on getting word that there would officially be no charges filed in his legal situation) “I knew that whole time, but it was something that we had to deal with. I respect the system and whatever they had to do.”


(on if the legal situation was on his mind during the NFC championship game) “No not at all. I was disappointed with the allegations, but at the same time I had to deal with it.”


(on if he is happier with his postseason play this year) “We just made that step to the Super Bowl. We were one step away last year and now we are here and we just have to take over. I feel like I still have something to prove. I just have to go hard and do my job on Sunday.”



Super Bowl XLVII – Tuesday, January 29, 2013






(on what his goal was coming into the season) “The goal was to get the Super Bowl. Like I said, everybody played a big part of what we are doing and just really adding Kap (Colin Kaepernick) at the end of the year just boosted it. We are on our way.”


(on what unique skills Colin Kaepernick has that changes the game) “I think it’s the weapons that are around him that makes the guy feel that much more comfortable because having all of these guys, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Frank Gore, LaMichael James, having all of these weapons kind of makes you feel comfortable in what you are doing and confident in what you have. I feel like that guy has a strong arm, he could run at any moment, and he is fast. He has a great line in front of him. The sky is the limit.”


(on if he has bruises from how hard Colin Kaepernick throws the ball. “No, it’s more like this. When we are doing individuals with the quarterback and the receiver, guys go to the back of the line when it’s (Colin) Kaepernick time. They try to time it out so that if Kaepernick is third, they want to go fourth. It’s a lot of heat coming. You have to look it in. If you blink and you don’t look it in, then it will bounce off of your hands or anything.”


(on Colin Kaepernick earning playing time through practice) “In practice it’s kind of hard to tell, especially in the game of football because everybody is not going full speed. It just happens in the game. He is a gamer. It’s not something you can read. There is not body language that you can read at practice to know until you get to the field on Sunday.”


(on if his college spread offense helped him when they built the offense to fit Colin Kaepernick) “Just catching the ball and catching a lot of balls and throwing the ball a lot. The spread is one of the best things that you can do. This game is really going the direction of spread. It’s always nice to have a solid running game.”


(on if he is concerned that the untrue allegations will follow him) “I don’t think that can follow me. I am disappointed in what happened with the allegations, but I just let my attorney and all of those guys deal with that. That is behind me now and I am really looking forward to the Super Bowl.”


(on the ups and downs on his way to this moment) “It’s definitely a story and a story to be told, but it will make it that much better if I win this Super Bowl you know. Just another chapter in the book.”


(on the role of Randy Moss on this team) “He plays a big role. You are talking about Randy Moss. He is a legendary wide receiver. His voice alone gets you hyped. Him being around just brings the best out of us.”


(on what Randy Moss shares with the team) “It’s every day. It’s in the locker room and on the field. Day to day, is day to day with Randy Moss. I could honestly see Randy Moss standing on the stage like Charles Barkley or one of those guys that just speaks their mind because his personality is amazing.”


(on if he thinks they would have made it to the Super Bowl with Alex Smith at quarterback) “I feel like we were going to make it with whoever at quarterback, whoever at receiver, whoever at tight end and whoever on the line. I just have that much confidence in my teammates.”


(on what makes the read options so effective) “I think just having an option really puts a lot of pressure on the defense. The read option, the option to throw the ball, the option to run the ball with two different people in the backfield, I think it’s just another dimension in the game. It’s options, it’s the spread offense, it’s the run game, and there are just so many different things you can do in the offense.”


(on if this is a team that can be good for the next decade) “Oh yeah, we talk about that all the time. There is so much talent on the team and we are all kind of young. We just want to see it all stay together. Usually great teams like that will get broken up with coaches or players leaving, but it would be nice to see us together for a while.”

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