For this topic, I wanted to ask everyone which 5 Ravens games did you feel like the team didn't really have much of a chance of winning but somehow they managed to win in the end. Also, explain why you chose those games.
1. 2013 divisional playoffs vs the Broncos- Going into this game, I gave us a 10% chance of winning. Peyton Manning had simply owned us throughout his career. The guy was 9-2 against us with a nine game winning streak in which he had thrown for 20 touchdowns to 8 interceptions and he always find a way to beat us. The 2006 playoffs loss to the Colts was the worst loss in Ravens franchise history as far as I was concerned and to lose to Manning once again for the third time in the playoffs would have been heartbreaking. After Flacco threw that 70 yards touchdown to Jones in the final 40 seconds, I knew right there and then that the Ravens were going to win this game and the superbowl. It was one of those once in a lifetime type play like Eli Manning to Tyree in which everything seem to be lining up for the Ravens. This is easily my favorite Ravens win when you consider the quarterback we faced, the team, and the fact that it was Ray Lewis last season and final game against Manning.
2. 2008-2009 playoffs vs the Titans- The Titans seemed to be the best team in the league that year. They ended the season at 13-3 and had dominated the Steelers beating them 31-14. They had also beat us at home 13-10 in which our offense struggled to move the ball and gave up too many turnovers. The Titans had two great running backs that years in Chris Johnson and Lendale White who could gain a big run at any moment. Their secondary and coverage scheme was also formidable and was built on taking away the big plays. We had to rely on a old Derrick Mason, injured Todd Heap, Mark Clayton, Daniel Wilcox, Demetrius Williams, etc. in order to beat the Titans secondary which didn't leave me with much confidence. To this day, I am still amazed that we managed to win that game espcially consdering we only had 50 yards rushing on 30 carries which was supposed to be our strength on offense. Those 3 turnovers that we managed to forced near our red-zone were simply amazing. Titans fans will forever hate the Ravens for denying them two trips to the superbowl in 2000 and 2008.
3. 2000 week 2 vs Jaguars- the Jaguars were 8-0 against us coming into this game and they had our numbers. Mark Burnell and Jimmy Smith had their way with our defense. In this game, Jimmy Smith had 291 yards recieving and Burnell had 386 yards passing. When we fell behind 23-7 in the second quarter, it seem like the game was going to be a blowout. Somehow, against all odd, Tony Banks played the game of a lifetime and threw 5 touchdown passes to lead us to victories. Still one of the greatest games in Ravens history.
4. 2000-2001 playoffs vs the Titans- Even though we had beat the Titans 24-23 in week 11, we still needed Del Greco to miss an extra point and a game winning field goal at the end to win the game. Therefore, heading into the playoffs game, it felt like we would need the running game to dominate and have Dilfer play mistake free football. Somehow, despite allow 2 blocked punts and being outgained 317 yards to 134 yards with Dilfer going 5-16 and Jamal Lewis only gaining 49 yards, we managed to pull out the win. Anthony Mitchell return a blocked field goal 90 yards and Al Del Greco cemented his legacy as a choker against the Ravens by missing 3 field goals. The best part about the win was the fact that the Titans had stolen Dilfer's playbook following the week 11 win and knew all of the Ravens plays yet they still lost.
5. 2008 vs Cowboys- Coming into this game had me feeling extermely nervous consdering we were coming off a horrible 13-9 loss to the Steelers a week before in one of the worst calls I have ever seen. The fact that we had to play the Cowboys on the road in their final home game at their famous stadium only added to the immense pressure that the team had to deal with. When Willis Mcgahee and Leron Mcclain scored those two 70 plus yards touchdown runs at the end to win the game was amazing especially after all the hype about the Cowboys easily winning against the Ravens and that Jerry Jones had personally picked the Ravens to be the last team to play at the stadium.