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Billick had been offensive coordinator for the record-setting Minnesota Vikings the season before. Quarterback Tony Banks came to Baltimore from the St. Louis Rams and had the best season of his career with 17 touchdown passes and an He was joined by receiver Qadry Ismail , who posted a 1,yard season.

The Ravens initially struggled with a record of 4—7 but managed to finish with an 8—8 record. Due to continual financial hardships for the organization, the NFL took an unusual move and directed Modell to initiate the sale of his franchise. Banks shared playing time in the regular season with Trent Dilfer. Both players put up decent numbers and a 1,yard rushing season by rookie Jamal Lewis helped too but the defense became the team's hallmark and bailed a struggling offense out in many instances through the season.

Ray Lewis was named Defensive Player of the Year. Baltimore's season started strong with a 5—1 record. But the team struggled through mid-season, at one point going five games without scoring an offensive touchdown. The team regrouped and won each of their last seven games, finishing 12—4 and making the playoffs for the first time. During the season, the Ravens defense broke two notable NFL records.

They held opposing teams to total points, surpassing the Chicago Bears mark of points for a game season as well as surpassing the Chicago Bears mark of points for a game season, which at that time was the current NFL record. Since the divisional rival Tennessee Titans had a record of 13—3, the Ravens had to play in the wild card round.

They dominated the Denver Broncos 21—3 in their first game. In the divisional playoff, they went on the road to Tennessee. With the score tied 10—10 in the fourth quarter, an Al Del Greco field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Anthony Mitchell, and a Ray Lewis interception return for a score put the game squarely in Baltimore's favor.

The game was rarely in doubt. Shannon Sharpe 's yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter followed by an injury to Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon were crucial as the Ravens won easily, 16—3.

The game was also dominated by the Ravens. They recorded four sacks and forced five turnovers, one of which was a Kerry Collins interception returned for a touchdown by Duane Starks.

The Giants' only score was a Ron Dixon kickoff return for another touchdown; however, the Ravens immediately countered with a return by Jermaine Lewis. The Ravens became champions with a 34—7 win, becoming only the third wild card team to win a Super Bowl championship. In , the Ravens attempted to defend their title with Elvis Grbac as their new starting quarterback, but a season-ending injury to Jamal Lewis on the first day of training camp and poor offensive performances stymied the team.

After a 3—3 start, the Ravens defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the final week to clinch a wild card berth at 10—6. In the first round the Ravens showed flashes of their previous year with a 20—3 win over the Miami Dolphins , in which the team forced three turnovers and out-gained the Dolphins yards to In the divisional playoff the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Three interceptions by Grbac ended the Ravens' season, as they lost 27— Baltimore ran into salary cap problems entering the season and was forced to part with a number of impact players.

Despite low expectations, the Ravens stayed somewhat competitive in until a losing streak in December eliminated any chances of a post-season berth. Their final record that year was 7—9. In , the Ravens drafted their new quarterback, Kyle Boller , but he was injured midway through the season and was replaced by Anthony Wright. Jamal Lewis ran for 2, yards including a record yards in one game against the Cleveland Browns on September Their first playoff game, at home against the Tennessee Titans , went back and forth, with the Ravens being held to only 54 yards total rushing.

The Titans won 20—17 on a late field goal, and Baltimore's season ended early. The Ravens did not make the playoffs in and finished the season with a record of 9—7 with Kyle Boller spending the season at QB. They were also the only team to defeat the 15—1 Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season. In the offseason the Ravens looked to augment their receiving corps which was second-worst in the NFL in by signing Derrick Mason from the Titans and drafting star Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton in the first round of the NFL Draft.

The Baltimore Ravens season began with the team trying to improve on their 6—10 record of The Ravens, for the first time in franchise history, started 4—0, under the leadership of former Titans quarterback Steve McNair. The Ravens lost two straight games mid-season on offensive troubles, prompting coach Billick to drop their offensive coordinator Jim Fassel in their week seven bye. After the bye, and with Billick calling the offense, Baltimore would record a five-game win streak before losing to the Cincinnati Bengals in week Still ranked second overall to first-place San Diego Chargers , the Ravens continued on.

The Ravens ended the regular season with a franchise-best 13—3 record. The Ravens were slated to face the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the playoffs, in the first meeting of the two teams in the playoffs. Many Baltimore and Indianapolis fans saw this historic meeting as a sort of "Judgment Day" with the new team of Baltimore facing the old team of Baltimore the former Baltimore Colts having left Baltimore under questionable circumstances in McNair threw two costly interceptions, including one at the 1-yard line.

The eventual Super Bowl champion Colts won 15—6, ending Baltimore's season. After a stellar season, the Ravens hoped to improve upon their 13—3 record but injuries and poor play plagued the team. A humiliating 22—16 overtime loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins on December 16 ultimately led to Billick's dismissal on New Year's Eve, one day after the end of the regular season.

He was replaced by John Harbaugh, the special teams coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and the older brother of former Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh With rookies at head coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco , the Ravens entered the campaign with lots of uncertainty.

Baltimore smartly recovered in , winning eleven games and achieving a wild card spot in the postseason. On the strength of four interceptions, one resulting in an Ed Reed touchdown, the Ravens began its postseason run by winning a rematch over Miami 27—9 at Dolphin Stadium on January 4, in a wild-card game. In , the Ravens won their first three matches, then lost the next three, including a close match in Minnesota. The rest of the season was an uneven string of wins and losses, which included a home victory over Pittsburgh in overtime followed by a Monday Night loss in Green Bay.

That game was notable for the huge number of penalties committed, costing a total of yards, and almost tying with the record set by Tampa Bay and Seattle in Afterwards, the Ravens easily crushed the Lions and Bears , giving up less than ten points in both games. The next match was against the Steelers , where Baltimore lost a close one before beating the Raiders to end the season. With a record of 9—7, the team finished second in the division and gained another wild card.

Moving into the playoffs, they overwhelmed the Patriots ; nevertheless they did not reach the AFC Championship because they were routed 20—3 by the Colts in the divisional round a week later. Baltimore managed to beat the Jets 10—9 on the opener, but then lost a poorly-played game against Cincinnati the following week. The Ravens rebounded against the other two division teams, beating Cleveland 24—17 in Week 3 and then Pittsburgh 17—14 in Week 4.

The Ravens scored a fine win 31—17 at home against Denver in Week 5. After an overtime loss to New England, they narrowly avoided losing at home to the winless Bills. Next, the Ravens hosted Miami and won 26—10, breaking that team's 4—0 road streak.

On Thursday Night, the team headed to Atlanta and lost 26—21 in a game that had some criticizing the officiating. The Ravens finished the season 12—4, second in the division due to a tiebreaker with Pittsburgh, and earning a wild card spot.

Baltimore headed to Kansas City and crushed the unprepared Chiefs 30—7, but once again were knocked from the playoffs by Pittsburgh in a hard-fought battle. The Ravens hosted their arch-enemy in Week 1 of the season. The frustrated Pittsburgh players also committed several costly penalties. Thus, the Ravens had gained their first ever victory over the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger playing and avenged themselves of repeated regular and postseason losses in the series. But in Week 2, the Ravens collapsed in Tennessee and lost 26— They rebounded by routing the Rams in Week 3 and then overpowering the Jets 34—17 in Week 4.

Week 5, the Ravens had a bye week, following a game against the Texans. But in Week 7, Baltimore had a stunning MNF upset loss in Jacksonville as they were held to one touchdown in a 12—7 loss.

Their final scoring drive failed as Joe Flacco threw an interception in the closing seconds of the game. After beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17 of the regular season, the Ravens advanced to the playoffs as the Number 2 seed in the AFC with a record of The Ravens' attempt to convert Joe Flacco into a pocket passer remained a work in progress as the season began.

Terrell Suggs suffered a tendon injury during an off-season basketball game and was unable to play for at least several weeks. In the opener on September 10, Baltimore routed Cincinnati After this easy win, the team headed to Philadelphia. The Eagles had struggled during their Week 1 match in Cleveland and were not expected to win, but a bizarre game ensued thanks to the NFL facing another lockout mess, this one involving the league's referees, who were replaced by ex-college officials.

The replacement officials were widely criticized throughout the league. This game featured multiple questionable calls that went against the Ravens, perhaps costing them the game Returning home for a primetime rematch of the AFC Championship, another bizarre game ensued.

New England picked apart the Baltimore defense which was considerably weakened without Terrell Suggs and some other players lost over the off-season for the first half. Trouble began early in the game when a streaker ran out onto the field and had to be tackled by security, and accelerated when, at 2: Enraged fans repeatedly chanted an obscenity at this penalty.

The Ravens finally drove downfield and on the last play of the game, Justin Tucker kicked a yard field goal to win the game , capping off a second intense and controversially-officiated game in a row for the Ravens. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts at home the final home game of Ray Lewis , the Ravens traveled to Denver to play against the top seeded Broncos. In a very back-and-forth contest, the Ravens pulled out a victory in double overtime. They then won their 2nd AFC championship by coming back from a halftime deficit to defeat the New England Patriots once again, Baltimore built a 28—6 lead early in the third quarter before a partial power outage in the Superdome suspended play for 34 minutes earning the game the added nickname of the Blackout Bowl.

With the Ravens leading late in the game, 34—29, the 49ers advanced to the Baltimore 7-yard line just before the two-minute warning but turned the ball over on downs. The Ravens then took an intentional safety in the waning moments of the game to preserve the victory. Coming off as the defending Super Bowl champions, this was the first year in franchise history for the team without Ray Lewis. The Ravens started out , and started the Houston Texans loss streak by shutting them in Week 3.

However, the Ravens lost their next 3 games, losing to the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in last-minute field goals and were shut out in an attempt to tie the game against the Cleveland Browns After winning and losing their next game, the Baltimore Ravens came out , but managed winning their next four games in dominating the Jets in Baltimore, a Steelers win during Thanksgiving, a booming ending in Baltimore against the Vikings , and a win at Detroit, including Justin Tucker's yard game-winning field goal.

The Ravens were , with the 6th seed, but after losing their next two games, and the San Diego Chargers winning their next two to clinch the 6th seed, the Ravens finished and missed the playoffs for the first time since On January 27, , the Ravens hired former Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak to be their new offensive coordinator after Jim Caldwell accepted the new available head coaching job with the Detroit Lions.

Celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Rice dragging Palmer's body out of an elevator after apparently knocking her out. For the incident, Rice was initially suspended for the first two games of the NFL season on July 25, , which led to widespread criticism of the NFL.

The next day, on September 8, , TMZ released additional footage from an elevator camera showing Rice punching Palmer. Although starting out for two straight seasons and having received unwanted media attention for the Ray Rice incident, on September 11, , the Ravens rallied back and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers , to improve to In Week 16, the Ravens traveled to Houston to take on the Texans.

In one of Joe Flacco's worst performances, the offense sputtered against the Houston defense and Flacco threw three interceptions, falling to the Texans With their playoff chances and season hanging in the balance, the Ravens took on the Browns in Week 17 at home.

Thanks for signing up. Please check your email for a confirmation. Matthew Stevens April 26, 3: The first round of the NFL draft kicks off in mere hours.

Heading into it, the Baltimore Ravens have just eight selections. The Ravens have a number of needs they have to address in this draft. Which of the 12 Ravens' NFL draft picks will make man roster. While many see Flacco as the leader, others want Lamar Jackson to have his time. Additionally, the Ravens made some key addition to the offense and beefed up their defense. For right now, the Ravens easily pose the biggest threat to the Steelers. Sunny days ahead despite the dark clouds by Larry Brake.

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