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Poll: The 10 Best Victories in Baltimore Ravens History (64 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you think is the best victory in Ravens history?

  1. Ravens Broncos Divisional Playoff Game January 2013 (53 votes [82.81%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 82.81%

  2. Ravens Cowboys 2008-Last Game at Texas Stadium (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Ravens Cardinals 2011 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Ravens Titans-Divisional Playoff Game January 2001 (4 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

  5. Ravens Browns-week 9 2008 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Ravens Seahawks 2003 (2 votes [3.12%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 3.12%

  7. Ravens Vikings 2013 (1 votes [1.56%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 1.56%

  8. Ravens Titans Divisional Playoff January 2009 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Ravens Steelers week 9 2011 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Ravens Raiders 1996 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Other (4 votes [6.25%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:01 PM

Considering this is such a boring time in the NFL a decided to make a “10 Best Victories in Ravens History” thread. I had already made one on March 17th 2011, but that thread is now archived and so I am starting fresh. I originally decided to write long descriptions of each game, but then I got lazy/became caught up in personal matters and didn't have enough time. So games 10, 9, and 8 don't have any descriptions.

Unlike my last thread on this subject (over 3 years ago) I have not included any Super Bowls, because I don’t want this to be a “slam dunk.” In creating the list I have combined the excitement of the actual games with their importance to determine where they should be placed, or if they should make the list at all.

I am somewhat surprised that I only put one Ravens Steelers game on the list, but it is what it is.

Information here was taken either from English Wikipedia, Bleacher Report, ESPN, NFL.com, or some random YouTube video. I also used the book “Tales from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline,” by former Baltimore Colts FB Tom Matte and Jeff Seidel (2004) as a source. I hope you enjoy.                                                                                                                                   

10) Baltimore Ravens 19, Oakland Raiders 14: September 1st, 1996-week 1

(This one is on here primarily because it was the first game the Ravens ever played, and it signified the start of a glorious new era in Baltimore sports history. The game itself was pretty good, but if it wasn't the first in team history it probably wouldn't be on this list.)

9) Baltimore Ravens 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20: November 6th, 2011-week 9

 

8) Baltimore Ravens 13, Tennessee Titans 10: January 10th 2009-Divisional Playoff Game

 

7) Baltimore Ravens 29, Minnesota Vikings 26: December 8th, 2013-week 14

This was the final game in a three-game home stretch for the Ravens, and the team had won both of those previous games, against the Jets and Steelers, respectively. This week 14 game was played during a snowstorm, and it was the biggest snowstorm that the Ravens had ever played in.

The first Ravens drive ended when QB Joe Flacco threw an interception to Minnesota LB Chad Greenway at the Minnesota 18 yard line. The Vikings took over on downs. On 1st&10 Minnesota QB Matt Cassel handed the ball of to RB Adrian Peterson, who was brought down for no gain by Ravens LB/DE Terrell Suggs. Peterson gained three yards on the next play. On third&7 a Cassel pass to rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson fell incomplete, and so the Ravens defense forced a quick three and out. The Ravens got the ball back. On the next offensive drive Ray Rice ran for two yards before being tackled by Minnesota safety Jamarca Stanford, and Flacco threw two incomplete passes, and so the Ravens again had to punt. On the next drive, a 1st &20 at the Minnesota 20, Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo forced a fumble on Vikings RB Toby Gerhart after a two yard run, and the ball was recovered by Ravens rookie FS Matt Elam. After this a 4 play Ravens drive was concluded with a 1 yard TD pass from Flacco to TE Ed Dickson, his only score of the year and his first since 2011. The two teams subsequently traded punts as the first quarter came to a close. Sam Koch, the Ravens punter, sent one of his kicks 69 yards.

To start the second quarter each team punted two more times. An 11 play Vikings drive ended with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Blair Walsh. A total of three more punts followed to end the half.

This streak ended with an 8-play Vikings drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal from Walsh. The two teams subsequently traded punts. On the next Ravens drive, they faced a 4th&2 at the Minnesota 36 yard line. Flacco threw an incomplete pass to TE Dennis Pitta (who was playing in his first game of the season after suffering a dislocated and fractured hip on July 27th in training camp. The Vikings punted on their next possession, giving the ball back to the Ravens. On this drive Flacco handed the ball of to 2nd year RB Bernard Pierce, who ran for six yards. On 2nd&4 at the Baltimore 26, Pierce caught a five yard pass from Flacco, and on the next play he tore off a five yard run. On 2nd&5, a pass from Flacco intended for Dickson was intercepted by Minnesota safety Andrew Sendejo, and Sendejo returned the ball 1 yard to the Bal 33 before being tackled by Dickson.

The following Vikings drive lasted into the fourth quarter, and was concluded with an 8 yard TD pass from Cassel to WR Jerome Simpson. A two point conversion attempt failed. On the next Ravens drive, Baltimore attempted to go for it on 4th&1 by handing the ball off to FB Vonta Leach, however he was brought down short by Minnesota cornerback Chris Cook. No more scores were made until 2:05 left to play, although Flacco threw one more interception (to CB Marcus Sherels), his third of the game. On 4th&1 with 2:05 left to play, Flacco hit Pitta for a 1-yard TD pass, and a two-point conversion (a pass to WR Torrey Smith) was successful. On the next Vikings drive (1st&10 at Min 32) Simpson caught a 27 yard pass from Cassel, and on the next play Gerhart smashed his way through Ravens defenders en route to a 41 yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff Jacoby Jones ran 77 yards for a touchdown, but on the third play of the next Vikings possession Patterson caught a 79 yard TD pass from Cassel. A cold, dazed, stunned, and confused M&T Bank Stadium crowd subsequently watched as a five play Ravens drive was capped with a TD catch by rookie WR Marlon Brown with 8 seconds left.

The final score: Baltimore Ravens 29, Minnesota Vikings 26.

6) Baltimore Ravens 44, Seattle Seahawks 41: November 23rd, 2003-week 12

Following a 9-6 loss in Miami, the Ravens traveled home to face the Seahawks. The first quarter was scoreless, and on a drive early into the 2nd Hasselbeck was sacked for a 5 yard loss by Ravens DT Kelly Gregg. After two incomplete passes, Seattle had to settle for a 45-yard field goal by kicker Josh Brown. The Ravens received the ball back on their own 19 yard line. On 1st&10 TE Todd Heap caught a seven yard pass on first down from Ravens QB Anthony Wright. However this was followed by a six yard loss when Wright was sacked by Seattle DT Rocky Bernard. After an incomplete pass to Heap on third&9, Baltimore was forced to settle for a Dave Zastudil punt.

Later in the second quarter Hasselbeck completed touchdown passes to WRs Darrell Jackson for 2 yards and Bobby Engram  (now the Ravens WRs coach) for 10 yards, respectively. The pass to Engram was set up by a fumble forced by Seahawks LB Anthony Simmons on Ravens RB Chester Taylor. This score put Seattle up 17-3 going into the half.

In the third quarter the Ravens finally struck back, with a 13-yard TD pass from Wright to WR Marcus Robinson. This was followed by a 38-yard TD pass from Hasselbeck to WR Koren Robinson. The Ravens offense subsequently punted, and a 46-yard Brown field goal put three more points on the board for the Seahawks after that.

Wright later found Robinson again for a 50-yard touchdown pass. A Yet the Seahawks offense struck back immediately, as Hasselbeck found Jackson for an 80-yard touchdown. After this Wright and Robinson connected in the endzone for the third time of the day, this time on a 25 yard score.

Near the start of the fourth quarter Hasselbeck found Engram again for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Seattle and Baltimore each punted, but Seahawks returner Kent Lucas muffed the ball, and it was recovered by Ravens LS Joe Maese. This opportunity was wasted by Baltimore when Seahawks linebacker Randall Godfrey forced a fumble on Ravens RB Jamal Lewis on the ensuing play, giving Seattle the ball right back.

Seattle punted on its next drive, but Seahawks punter Tom Rouen had his kick blocked by Ravens 2nd year FS Ed Reed, who picked up the ball himself and ran 16 yards for a touchdown. The Seahawks punted on their next drive, but Marcus Robinson caught his fourth touchdown pass of the day on a nine-yard pass from Wright. This came as part of a 7-catch, 131 yard day for Robinson. This tied the score at 41-41.

Seattle got the ball back once more and tried to pull ahead, but the fourth quarter ended before they could do so. Seattle got the ball back in overtime, but failed to score. Hasselbeck suffered a minor injury at this point and his backup, Trent Dilfer, who played for Baltimore in 2000 and led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XXXV, came in for two plays. Dilfer attempted one pass, an incompletion.

The Ravens got the ball back, and after 3 plays Stover nailed a 40-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 44-41 win. After the game, Ravens HC Brian Billick presented Wright (who threw four touchdown passes in what was easily the best performance of his below-average career) with the game ball, which he was instructed to give to his wife, who was in the hospital and would soon give birth to their child.

5) Baltimore Ravens 37, Cleveland Browns 27: November 2nd, 2008-week 9

After a sound 29-10 victory over the Raiders at home, the Ravens traveled to Cleveland. The Browns punted on the opening drive, but on the first Ravens possession kicker Matt Stover hit a 41-yard FG after a 9-play drive to put the Ravens up 3-0. On the ensuing Browns possession Ravens CB Corey Ivy forced a fumble on Browns WR Syndric Steptoe, and the ball was recovered by CB Evan Oglesby at the Cle 47. After a run for no gain by rookie Ravens RB Ray Rice, who was filling in for the injured Willis McGahee, 4th year WR Mark Clayton made a diving 47-yard catch from rookie QB Joe Flacco. Immediately after this Josh Cribbs of the Browns returned a kick 92 yards for a touchdown to put the score at 10-7.

In the second quarter Dawson kicked a FG from 23 yards to finish an 11-play drive, but the Ravens answered immediately with a 32-yard field goal from Stover. On the next Browns possession Dawson converted a 54-yard FG to leave the score tied at 13-13 going into the half.

In the third quarter, Browns QB Derek Anderson completed two touchdown passes, a 28-yarder to WR Braylon Edwards and, after a Ravens punt, a 7-yard pass to RB Jason Wright. The Ravens matched one of those scores with a 1-yard TD run by FB Le’Ron McClain.

In the fourth quarter, the Ravens responded to the second touchdown with a 28-yard TD pass from Flacco to Derrick Mason, who subsequently spiked the ball onto the field. A 60-yard run by Rice set up a 22-yard Stover field goal. Rice finished the day with 21 carries for 154 yards.

The Browns had one final chance to come back, but Anderson, who was under duress, threw an interception to Ravens DE/LB Terrell Suggs, who returned the pass 42 yards for a touchdown. And I’ll let Gerry Sandusky take it from here:

“A gift pass from Derek Anderson! The hay is in the barn!”

The Ravens won by a final score of 37-27.

4) The Biggest Comeback in Franchise History: Baltimore Ravens 30, Arizona Cardinals 27: October 30th, 2011-week 8

The Ravens, coming off an ugly 12-7 loss in Jacksonville, came home to face the Cardinals.

Arizona got the ball first, and on the first play of the game Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb was sacked for a 10 yard loss by Ravens linebacker Jarret Johnson. Johnson forced a fumble, however the ball was recovered by Cardinals OT Levi Brown. That drive ended 11 plays later when Kolb was sacked again for a 10 yard loss, this time by Ravens DE Paul Kruger. Baltimore was forced to punt on its next drive, however on the next Cardinals possession Arizona found a spark when Kolb hit WR Larry Fitzgerald for a 66 yard pass. On the ensuing play RB Chris Wells was tackled for a one yard loss by Ravens DE/LB Terrell Suggs. Kolb attempted to find WR Early Doucet on the next play, but the pass fell incomplete. On the next play Kolb was sacked for a third time, this time by Suggs, and he lost seven yards. Cardinals kicker Jay Freely subsequently converted a 32-yard field goal to put his team up 3-0, a lead that it would hold until the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff made a 26 yard field goal to tie the score at 3-3. Arizona punted on its next possession. However on the 3rd play of the next Ravens drive Baltimore QB Joe Flacco was sacked for a 9 yard loss by Cardinals LB O’Brien Schofield. Schofield caused a fumble that was recovered by Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett. The Cardinals offense capitalized on this mistake with a 1-yard TD run from Wells. On the next Ravens drive the team was forced to punt, and Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson returned the kick 82 yards for a touchdown. On just the very next play Flacco was intercepted by CB Richard Marshall at the Bal 26 yard line, and he returned the pass for 1 yard to the 25 before being tackled by Ravens FB Vonta Leach. After the Cardinals took over WR Early Doucet caught a 10 yard TD pass from Kolb to put the Cardinals up 24-3. On the next Ravens possession Baltimore drove down the field on a 14 play drive, the last playing being an 11 yard sack of Flacco by DE Calais Campbell and MLB Paris Lenon. Cundiff kicked a 47 yard FG to make the score 24-6 at the end of the first half.

The Ravens got the ball in the 3rd quarter, and on the 6th play of the drive Ravens WR Anquan Boldin, a former Cardinal, caught a 37-yard pass from Flacco to set up a 1-yard Ray Rice touchdown run. Arizona took over on its own 18 yard line, and RB Chris Wells ran for 4 and 16 yards to move the ball to the AZ 38. After this Cardinals RB LaRod Stephens-Howling ran for -2 and 4 yards to take the ball to the 40. The drive was ended after Kolb was sacked for a 9 yard loss by Ravens CB Chris Carr, and so the Cardinals were forced to use Dave Zastudil, a former Raven, to punt. The Ravens started from their own 19 yard line after a penalty on CB Jimmy Smith, but the Ravens gained 9 yards on a pass to TE Dennis Pitta, and 10 on a pass to TE Ed Dickson. After an incomplete pass to Rice, Flacco was sacked for a 10 yard loss by DT Sam Acho, and after an incomplete pass to Dickson the Ravens had to punt. However Arizona went 3 & out on their next drive (after Kolb was sacked by SS Bernard Pollard for -10 yards). This set up another 1-yard TD run by Rice on a 10-play drive in which Boldin had four catches.

On the next Cardinals drive Kolb was intercepted by Ravens MLB Jameel McClain, who made an 8 yard return to the AZ 21. After this Rice carried the ball for 4 and 3 yards until a 12-yard PI penalty on CB Richard Marshall. On the next play, the first of the 4th quarter, Rice ran for a 3 yard TD run, his 3rd score of the game. An 11-play Cardinals drive was capped by a 45-yard FG by Freely to tie the score at 27. Finally, the defenses took a stand, as each team punted twice until the Ravens got the ball back at the AZ 44 (after an 8 yard return by Carr) with 52 seconds left in the game. Flacco completed a 3 yard pass to Pitta, which was followed by a critical 36 yard reception by Ravens rookie WR Torrey Smith, which brought the ball down to the AZ 5.

After two relatively meaningless plays Cundiff kicked a 25 yard FG to send the Ravens home with a 30-27 win. The 21 point comeback was the largest in franchise history. Boldin finished with 7 catches for 145 yards in one of his biggest games during his 3 seasons in Baltimore. Unfortunately, I missed a lot of the game because I had a meeting from 2-4 PM. Who schedules this stuff anyway? Luckily I was able to sneak out a little early and get home in time to see Cundiff’s game winning FG.

3) Baltimore Ravens 24, Tennessee Titans 10: January 7th, 2001-Divisional Playoff Game

“And as I ran down that sideline, I did not hear a sound!”-Ray Lewis, America’s Game, 2006

Following a 21-3 victory over the Denver Broncos in PSI Net Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens headed to Adelphia Coliseum to play the AFC Central-rival Titans. The Ravens ran out onto the field and were greeted by a chorus of boos, which only increased after the Titans aired a video of Billick in which he allegedly suggested that the Ravens were the better team. This succeeded in firing up the Tennessee crowd, yet Billick also says that multiple Ravens players came up to him and said “We got your back on this, coach.” I have this game at home on DVD, and the CBS coverage was extremely biased right from the beginning.

Titans RB Eddie George got off to a solid start, and on the opening drive he ran for a 2 yard touchdown, the only TD that the Ravens defense would allow for the entire 4-game postseason. George finished the game with 93 rushing yards, the most yards a RB ever gained against the incredible Ravens defense that season. The game was incredibly brutal, and both QBs, Trent Dilfer of the Ravens and Steve McNair of the Titans, took a beating.

After George’s TD both teams punted twice until Ravens rookie RB Jamal Lewis scored on a 1 yard TD in the 2nd quarter, which was set up by a 56 yard pass from Dilfer to Ravens TE Shannon Sharpe, his only catch of the day. On the following Titans drive  kicker Al Del Greco attempted a 45 yard field goal, but he missed it because of a block by Ravens DE Keith Washington. The Ravens took over on the Bal 35 yard line, but after a meager 2 yard gain by J. Lewis, an incomplete pass from Dilfer to WR Qadry Ismail, and a 10 yard sack of Dilfer by Titans DT Henry Ford, they were forced to punt. However Kyle Richardson, the Ravens punter, had his kick blocked by Tennessee WR Chris Coleman, and Tennessee took over at the Bal 25. Tennessee gained only one first down on the drive, and fortunately for the Ravens Del Greco missed another field goal, this time from 31 yards. This ended the 2nd quarter, with the score tied at 7-7.

The Ravens got the ball back in the 2nd half, and Ravens WR Jermaine Lewis returned the kick for 27 yards out to the Ravens 30 yard line. The first play of the drive was an incomplete pass to Sharpe, but this was followed by a 15 yard catch by Ismail. After a run for no gain by J. Lewis, and another incomplete pass to Sharpe, Dilfer was sacked for a 9 yard loss by Titans OLB Randall Godfrey, forcing the Ravens to punt. However Richardson again had his punt blocked by Coleman, and the ball rolled out of bounds at the Bal 27. This set up a 21-yard Del Greco field goal. After the two teams traded punts this was answered by a 38 yard-field goal from Ravens kicker Matt Stover to tie the game at 10-10. After this the two teams traded punts again.

To end the 3rd quarter, the Titans attempted a 37-yard FG, but it was again blocked by Keith Washington, the fourth block of the game. This time the ball was picked up by Ravens safety Anthony Mitchell, who raced 90 yards for a touchdown to put the score at 17-10 Ravens.

In the 4th quarter each team punted once until Tennessee got the ball back. After a three-team drive, on 2nd &14, McNair threw a pass to George. The throw was slightly behind him, and when it reached him he bobbled it…right into the hands of MLB Ray Lewis, who took the interception and ran it back 50 yards for a touchdown. “And I put my finger over my mouth, and told Adelphia Coliseum to be quiet, because you all are done.”

Though there was plenty of time left in the game, but the Ravens defense saw to it that no more points were to be scored. This left the final score as 24-10 Ravens.

 

 

 

2) The Last Game at Texas Stadium: Baltimore Ravens 33, Dallas Cowboys 24: December 20th 2008-week 16

After a 13-9 loss to the Steelers at home, the Ravens traveled to Dallas to play the Cowboys in the final game ever in Texas Stadium. It was rumored that Jerry Jones asked the NFL if the Cowboys could play the Ravens that week, because he wanted the last game in the stadium to be a win for his team.

Defenses capitalized on early mistakes. Dallas got the ball first, but the drive was ended when QB Tony Romo threw an interception to Ravens safety Ed Reed, who was tackled by Cowboys WR Roy Williams for no gain. Following this play Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco was sack-stripped by Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware. The ball was recovered by DE Greg Ellis at the Baltimore four yard line. Three plays later rookie Cowboys RB Tashard Choice ran for a two-yard touchdown. Choice finished with 17 carries for 90 yards. After this a 13-play Ravens drive ended in a 26-yard Matt Stover field goal. The Cowboys punted twice and the Ravens once to finish out the first quarter. The Cowboys held a slim 7-3 lead.

In the second quarter, the Ravens climbed to within a point after Stover nailed a 29-yard attempt. The teams twice traded punts until Reed nabbed his second interception of the game on a Romo pass intended for WR Terrell Owens. Reed was tackled by Choice at the Baltimore 49 yard line after a 29 yard return. On the next Ravens drive Flacco completed a 21 yard pass to RB Willis McGahee. McGahee was tackled by Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin for a two yard loss on the next play, but tore off a 13-yard run immediately after that. The Ravens likely could have kept the drive going, however they were forced to take a timeout with two seconds left in the half and try for a 37-yard field goal. Stover connected, and so the Ravens took a 9-7 lead at the half.

The third quarter began with both teams punting twice. Three of these four drives were three and outs, with the Ravens being the only team to gain a first down, which they did on their second try. Baltimore got the ball back. The first play of the next drive resulted in an 11 yard pass completion from Flacco to WR Derick Mason. On the next play FB Le’Ron McClain ran for two yards before Ware caused him to fumble, however Mason recovered the ball. After two more failed attempts at a first down the Ravens set up in field goal formation, however it turned out to be a fake, and Ravens punter Sam Koch ran 9 yards to keep the drive alive. After a run by McClain for no gain, Mason caught a 13-yard TD pass from Flacco in the back corner of the end zone. Mason finished the game with 6 catches for 66 yards along with the fumble recovery, despite the fact that he played most of the game with a dislocated shoulder originally suffered a 30-10 week 10 loss to the NYG that had been aggravated again against Dallas.

In the fourth quarter Owens caught a 7 yard touchdown from Romo. But when the Ravens got the ball back McGahee ran for a 77 yard TD to quiet the crowd. He finished with eight carries for 108 yards. Romo responded with a 21 yard scoring strike to TE Jason Witten, but on the next Ravens drive McClain ran for a career-long 82-yard TD run, which is also the longest TD run ever in Texas Stadium. This effectively ended the game, with the Ravens winning 33-24.

1) Mile High Miracle-Saturday, January 12th, 2013. Baltimore Ravens 38, Denver Broncos 35 (2OT): Divisional Playoff Game

In the Divisional Round of the 2012 playoffs, the Ravens, who had just defeated the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs at M&T Bank Stadium, headed to Denver to play the top-seeded Broncos, who were seven point favorites.

Baltimore punted after its first drive (Sam Koch), and Denver returner Trindon Holliday took it back 90 yards for a touchdown to put Denver up 7-0. This is the longest postseason punt return in NFL history. On the next Ravens drive however, Ravens QB Joe Flacco hit second-year WR Torrey Smith for a 59-yard TD pass over Broncos CB Champ Bailey. On the next Broncos drive, at 3rd&6, Denver QB Peyton Manning was intercepted by Ravens CB Corey Graham, who returned the pass 39 yards for a touchdown. The Ravens took a 14-7 lead. The Broncos subsequently finished off a 13-play drive with an 18 yard TD pass from Manning to WR Brandon Stokley, who was being covered by Graham. Stokley had played with the Ravens from 1999-2002, and would rejoin the team the following season.

All of this left the score tied at 14-14 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the two teams traded punts before a 9 play Broncos drive resulting in a touchdown. On the eight play of the drive, Manning completed a 32 yard pass to WR Eric Decker, who was tackled by Ravens safety Ed Reed. On the next play, Manning hit RB Knowshon Moreno for a 14-yard TD pass. The Ravens punted on the next series. After an otherwise-solid 14-play Broncos drive, kicker Matt Prater missed a 52-yard field goal attempt.

The Ravens took over on downs with great field position. On the first play of the drive Flacco hit WR Anquan Boldin for an 11 yard pass (tackled by Bailey) and TE Dennis Pitta on a 15 yard strike. After this play Smith caught a 32 yard TD pass over Bailey, his second touchdown of the game out of only three catches.

The score was tied 21-21 going into the half.

Holliday returned the opening kick of the third quarter 104 yards for a touchdown. At the time this was also an NFL record for length in the postseason, yet it was to be broken only 3 weeks later by Jacoby Jones of the Ravens. However Holliday’s 248 total special team yards in this game still stand as a postseason record. The Ravens got the ball back, and after runs for 1 and 2 yards, Baltimore RB Ray Rice fired off a 20 yard run. After two penalties on Denver, Flacco was sacked and stripped. The ball was recovered by Broncos MLB Keith Brooking. The Broncos and Ravens each punted on their next drives. After this another Broncos series ended when Manning was sacked for a 9 yard loss and stripped by Ravens DE Pernell McPhee. The ball was recovered by Ravens DE Paul Kruger. The Ravens capitalized on this turnover, as Rice ran for a 1-yard touchdown. This tied the score at 28-28 going into the fourth quarter.

A Denver drive that started in the 3rd quarter and continued into the 4th ended when Manning was sacked again, this time by Ravens LB/DE Terrell Suggs for a 4-yard loss, forcing the Broncos to punt. This was the second sack of the day for Suggs, and Ravens MLB Ray Lewis had also recorded one, though it did not result in a loss of yards. The Ravens punted again on their next drive, and Denver made them pay when Manning fired off a 17-yard TD pass to WR Demaryius Thomas to finish a 10 play drive.

The Ravens found themselves down 35-28 late in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens offense chose this time to choke, as a pass from Flacco to Pitta bounced off his fingertips on fourth down. Yet the Ravens got the ball back, and with less than 40 seconds in regulation, Flacco threw a bomb to WR Jacoby Jones, who scampered 70 yards for a game-tying touchdown.

The game went into overtime, with neither team managing to score throughout the entire first period. However, Graham intercepted Manning again at around midfield to set up a 47-yard game winning field goal from Justin Tucker in double overtime, with the final score being 38-35 Ravens.

Baltimore would go on to defeat the Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship and win Super Bowl XLIII.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:11 PM

Ravens vs Steelers 9/11/11. It was the most satisfying victory ever.

Afterwards mile high miracle curbstomp

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:33 PM

Beating the Pats in the 2009 Wild Card game?

The Super Bowl wins?

 

I'm not sure why you didn't include those.

 

Also, Ray's last home game, although I didn't find the 60-minute on-field game itself all that interesting or important.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:45 PM

I think this one has to be included

 

Week 3 vs. Patriots (2012)

 

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Was an amazing comeback and an emotional game 


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

Top 10 favorite:

1. Super Bowl 47 (2012)
2. Super Bowl 35 (2000)
3. Ravens @ Broncos. Mile high miracle (2012)
4. Ravens vs Steelers. 35-7. (2011)
5. Ravens @ Patriots. Playoffs. 33-14 (2009)
6. Ravens @ Cowboys. Last game at Texas stadium. (2008)
7. Ravens @ Titans. Playoffs. (2000)
8. Ravens @ Patriots. Playoffs. (2012)
9. 49ers vs Ravens. (2011) HarBowl volume 1.
10. Ravens @ Titans. (2006)

Notable mentions: Ravens vs Steelers (2006) & Ravens @ Steelers (2006) Ravens @ Chargers. (2012). Ravens vs Vikings (2013) ..Going by the season in parenthesis.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:05 PM

I think this one has to be included

Week 3 vs. Patriots (2012)

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Was an amazing comeback and an emotional game


Ah yes, another great game between the Patriots & Ravens. There's so many!

Both of Torrey's TD catches would be in my "Top 10 Ravens TD's". Probably #1 performance along with Mason vs the Boys.
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 06:04 PM

I had to go with the Titans game but it was close between that and the mile high miracle game. Both were huge for us.
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:30 PM

Ravens vs Steelers 9/11/11. It was the most satisfying victory ever.

Afterwards mile high miracle curbstomp

 

Definitely one of the 5 most satisfying victories ever, but I was looking for down-to the wire finishes.

Beating the Pats in the 2009 Wild Card game?

The Super Bowl wins?

 

I'm not sure why you didn't include those.

 

Also, Ray's last home game, although I didn't find the 60-minute on-field game itself all that interesting or important.

Once again, the Pats Wild Card game was extremely satisfying, but it was not a down-to the wire finish. And like I said in the OP if I included the SB wins almost everybody would have automatically said those. As for Ray's last home game, I probably should have included that. I defend my decisions everywhere else though.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:36 PM

Definitely one of the 5 most satisfying victories ever, but I was looking for down-to the wire finishes.

Once again, the Pats Wild Card game was extremely satisfying, but it was not a down-to the wire finish. And like I said in the OP if I included the SB wins almost everybody would have automatically said those. As for Ray's last home game, I probably should have included that. I defend my decisions everywhere else though.

That's pretty much what I figured. I didn't find the "no Super Bowl" line when I posted before.

 

I guess the Texans/Ravens 2010 game was pretty exciting. 


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

The Mile High Miracle would be #1 for me. Storybook.

 

The Ravens/Titans 2001 tho a close 2nd. That was our SB. Not one person that I heard on radio or TV gave us even a chance to win. Possibly the 1st game that truly got us recognized and got us respect.

 

The 1st SB would have been my 1st choice. My emotions were out of this world.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:05 PM

I was going to go with the Ketchup Field Comeback (2011), but then I remembered how I felt in the leadup to THAT 70-yard bomb to Jacoby.

 

Ravens@Lions last year's an underrated one too. Not that I'd expect to see it win any franchise history awards, but that was definitely one to make you feel alive. My hands still feel funny when I think about it.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:15 PM

For a regular season game, The 2000 Ravens, Jags game has to rank up there.

 

We trailed most of the day, but went ahead at the beginning of the 4th quarter only to have Brunnell drive the Jags down the field for what looked to be the winning score with little time left. With a lot of people filing out of PSI Net and about 30 seconds on the clock, Tony Banks hit Shannon Sharpe for the winning score. It was an electrifying win. Couldn't help but laugh about the people walking to their cars that missed that great drive. My son and I just sat back down and waited out the crowd, soaking in the unlikely victory.

 

Yes, the Jags put up 36 on the best D of all time.


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:33 PM

OMG I am thinking a five way tie for first....


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:40 PM

Definitely one of the 5 most satisfying victories ever, but I was looking for down-to the wire finishes.
Once again, the Pats Wild Card game was extremely satisfying, but it was not a down-to the wire finish. And like I said in the OP if I included the SB wins almost everybody would have automatically said those. As for Ray's last home game, I probably should have included that. I defend my decisions everywhere else though.

Well explains why you have the 5 th down Seattle game

I don't think that game was an all time best win for baltimore

Outside the sb wins the best ones were 2006 decimation of Pitt. 58-7 combined. And Bart Scott crushing ben

I think favorably of the win vs tb that year too. First drive was 80yard orchestrated by McNair. Season felt so right so early on
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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

The Mile High Miracle was the most stressed out I've ever been during a football game. The intensity of the game, the weather. Potential for Ray Lewis's final game ever. Being in enemy territory of a favoured team. Trindon Hollidays KR's. Torrey Smiths TD's. Heading into the final drive needing a TD. Jacoby Jones w/ the miracle TD. Overtime .. Corey Graham w/ the INT. Watching that game live ... I was as close to a heart attack as any 23 year old man should ever be. By far my favourite Ravens victory. 


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Posted 12 July 2014 - 10:47 PM

The mile high miracle I rank over both Super Bowl wins for the game itself. I never thought either Super Bowl was in doubt. We were the far superior team in both those games.

The Denver game is one of the best football games I have ever seen. It had everything. All the players. All the plays. The weather. The buildup. The complete underdog story. Everything.
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

i wanted so bad to use the titans game but i had to go with the mile high miracle. that titans game put the ravens on the map and let the world know, that ray lewis and his squad were not to be taken lightly, our franchise was never the same after that win, and in a good way. 

 

but the mile high miracle... man, i get choked up when i watch a well made youtube montage of it lol.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:58 PM

I know logic would kind of dictate that the SB victories are number one  - but in terms of satisfying and emotional wins I give the nod to the Mile High Miracle.

 

The entire nation picked us to lose.

 

Remember this:

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

I know logic would kind of dictate that the SB victories are number one  - but in terms of satisfying and emotional wins I give the nod to the Mile High Miracle.

 

The entire nation picked us to lose.

 

Remember this:

 

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That made the game even better. I also remember actually getting angry when nobody would pick us against the Patriots and 49ers even after we won that Broncos game.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

That made the game even better. I also remember actually getting angry when nobody would pick us against the Patriots and 49ers even after we won that Broncos game.


Yeah the broncos were a much better team than New England and San Francisco. Another point was the ravens finally slaying the manning beast. They had already had plenty of success against Brady.
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