1. Defense is dominant in Super Bowl victory
Jan. 28, 2001
Ray Lewis was named Most Valuable Player as the Ravens delivered their final argument as one of thegame's best defenses in a 34-7 triumph over the New York Giants. The Ravens, who had four shutouts inthe regular season, would have recorded one in the Super Bowl if not for Ron Dixon's kickoff return. Inshutting out New York's offense, the Ravens limited the Giants to 152 yards of total offense and interceptedKerry Collins four times. "We are the best ever, the best ever right now," Lewis said after the victory.
2. Jamal Lewis sets NFL rushing mark
Sept. 14, 2003
The Ravens' running back hammered his way to295 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns,shattering the three-year-old mark of the CincinnatiBengals' Corey Dillon by 17 yards. Three days earlier,Lewis predicted the feat during a phone call withCleveland linebacker Andra Davis, saying he wouldhave a "career day" if given 30 carries. Lewis, who carriedexactly 30 times and scored two touchdowns, wasa picture of grace and power, bouncing off linebackersand sidestepping defensive backs.
3. Sharpe scores as Ravens win AFC championship
Jan. 14, 2001
As six-point underdogs to the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens got their bigtouchdown on a 96-yard catch-and-run by Shannon Sharpe. Pinnedback to his end zone on third-and-18, quarterback Trent Dilfer saw theblitz and hit Sharpe on a quick slant. Getting big blocks from wide receiversBrandon Stokley and Patrick Johnson, Sharpe dodged a tackle and randown the middle of the field for longest pass play in NFL playoff history.
4. Ravens draft cornerstones Ogden and Ray Lewis
April 20, 1996
The future of the franchise was set when the Ravens selected two potential Hall of Fame players intheir first draft. With the fourth overall pick, the Ravens resisted the temptation of filling a need atrunning back with Lawrence Phillips and instead selected Jonathan Ogden, a mammoth offensivetackle from UCLA. The Ravens then used the 26th pick of the first round on Lewis, an undersized linebackerout of Miami. Ogden and Lewis have combined for 15 Pro Bowl selections, ranking among the bestat their positions for the past decade.
5. Blocked field goal leads to playoff upset
Jan. 7, 2001
Breaking a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter, Keith Washington deflecteda field-goal try by the Titans' Al Del Greco and AnthonyMitchell returned it 90 yards for a touchdown. Washington's helmetwas knocked off on that attempt, but he still managed to deflect theball high into the air. Mitchell pulled it down at the Ravens' 10-yard line,then cut inside Del Greco around midfield and raced untouched as theRavens beat the Tennessee Titans, the AFC's top-seeded team.
6. Reed returns interception 106 yards
Nov. 7, 2004
After a potential game-tying touchdown passbounced off the hands of Browns tight endAaron Shea, Ed Reed caught it off his shoetops in the end zone and ran it back for a touchdownto seal the 27-13 victory. Brownsquarterback Jeff Garcia had put a scareinto the Ravens by driving 54 yards, movingCleveland to the Ravens' 5-yard linewith 45 seconds remaining. But Reed,the eventual NFL Defensive Playerof the Year, turned the gamearound as he did all season,making the interceptionand sprinting up theright sideline forthe sixth touchdownof his career.
7. Wright leads comeback win
Nov. 23, 2003
Hours before Anthony Wright's wife was induced into labor,the one-time third-string quarterback staged the biggestcomeback in team history, rallying the Ravens to a pulsating44-41 overtime victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Wrightthrew for a career-best 319 yards and four touchdowns as theRavens wiped away a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit. He directeda 55-yard drive in overtime, setting up Matt Stover's 42-yard fieldgoal with 6:32 left in the extra session.
8. Billick hired as coach
Jan. 19, 1999
Before the loquacious Brian Billick arrived, the Ravenswere 16-31-1 in the club's first three seasons under coachTed Marchibroda, never producing a winning season andnever finishing higher than fourth in the AFC Central. WithBillick in charge, the Ravens have gone from perpetual loser towinner, compiling a 61-42 record, including the postseason,and winning a Super Bowl in January 2001. Luring Billick herewas a significant move for the Ravens because it meant thatthey had beaten out the Browns for the coordinator of therecord-setting Minnesota Vikings offense.
9. McAlister's play is NFL's longest
Sept. 30, 2002
In a 31-point second quarter against the Denver Broncos,Chris McAlister stole the Monday night show with a 108-yard touchdown return that nearly didn't happen. Fieldinga missed field-goal attempt 8 yards deep in the end zone,McAlister slowed up near the goal line but decided not to takea knee. Breaking free to the outside after a crushing hit by RayLewis on the Broncos' Keith Burns at the 5, McAlister wentuntouched and high-stepped for the final 30 yards as Billickfollowed him down the sideline with his hands raised.
10. First game is victory
Sept. 1, 1996
A raucous Memorial Stadium crowd of 64,124 watched thecity's return to the NFL for the first time since 1983. In apre-game ceremony, a group of 39 former Colts assembledat midfield for introductions, then put on Ravens jackets andlined up with the Baltimore Colts' Band to welcome the Ravensonto the field. Quarterback Vinny Testaverde scored the Ravens'first touchdown on a 9-yard scramble, and running back EarnestByner finished off the day with a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:50left to seal the 19-14 win against the Oakland Raiders.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times