Baltimore Ravens Football History
12/28/1946: Baltimore awarded bankrupt Miami Seahawks franchise of the All-America Football Conference. Renamed Colts via a fan contest.
12/08/1949: AAFC /NFL reached merger agreement. Colts entered the NFL for 1950 season.
12/19/1950: Colts finished 1-11 in their first NFL season with a 15-14 loss to the New York Yanks at Yankee Stadium. The Yanks later became the Baltimore Colts.
01/18/1951: Franchise withdrew from league and received $50,000 for players by the NFL.
1951 & 1952: No Colts team existed.
12/03/1952: Commissioner Bert Bell challenged Baltimore to sell 15,000 tickets in 6 weeks to re-enter NFL. The ticket drive reached its quota in 4 weeks, 3 days.
Jan. 1953: Carroll Rosenbloom headed an ownership group and Baltimore was awarded the Dallas Texan franchise.
12/28/1958: Colts defeated NYG, 23-17, at Yankee Stadium for World Championship. This game sparked the emergence of the NFL as a televised sports giant.
12/27/1959: Colts won 2nd straight World Championship over Giants, in Baltimore, 31-16.
01/08/1963: Don Shula replaced Weeb Ewbank as head coach.
12/27/1964: Browns beat Colts, 27-0, in Cleveland for NFL title. Art Modell wins 1st title.
06/08/1966: NFL and AFL announced plans to merge in 1970. Colts, Browns and Steelers later join AFC in NFL's realignment.
01/12/1969: Jets defeated Colts, 16-7, in Super Bowl III at Orange Bowl after Joe Namath guarantees New York victory.
03/03/1970: Don Shula resigned to become head coach of Miami Dolphins.
01/17/1971: Jim O'Brien kicked 32 FG with 5 seconds to play as Colts won Super Bowl V over Dallas, 16-13, in 1st-ever AFC-NFC Super Bowl.
07/26/1972: Robert Irsay traded the L.A. Rams to Carroll Rosenbloom for the Colts.
01/15/1975: Ted Marchibroda named head coach.
04/26/1983: Colts selected John Elway with 1st pick in NFL draft, but traded him to Denver for OT Chris Hinton, QB Mark Herrmann and Denver's top pick in 1984.
12/18/1983: In last NFL regular season game in Memorial Stadium (until 1996), the Colts beat the Oilers, 20-10. TE Pat Beach scored the last TD of game on 12-yard pass from Mike Pagel.
03/28/1984: Colts franchise relocated to Indianapolis.
11/06: Cleveland Browns announced intention to move to Baltimore for 1996 season.
02/09: NFL approved franchise move.
02/15: Ted Marchibroda was named Baltimore Ravens 1st head coach 21 years and 1 month to the day he was hired by the then-Baltimore Colts in 1975.
03/29: Baltimore's NFL franchise officially named Ravens after a Baltimore Sun telephone poll received record number of calls supporting the name Ravens.
04/01: Ravens opened Owings Mills training facility with start of offseason program.
04/20: Ravens selected UCLA OL Jonathan Ogden with their 1st-ever draft choice (4th overall). U. of Miami LB Ray Lewis selected with 2nd pick in the 1st round (26th overall).
06/05: The new Ravens' logo, colors and uniforms were unveiled in a fashion show at Harborplace.
06/14: Ravens sold over 50,000 season tickets in 14 days.
09/01: The Ravens 1st-ever regular season game is played before 64,124 fans at Memorial Stadium, the largest crowd in Baltimore professional sports history. QB Vinny Testaverde scored the 1st TD on a 9-yard run to propel the Ravens to a 19-14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
12/22: The Ravens concluded their inaugural season with a 4-12 record following a 24-21 loss to the Houston Oilers. The Ravens were 4-4 at home, but 0-8 on the road. The team sold out all 10 home games, including the 2 preseason games. Baltimore held a second-half lead in 10 of its 11 final games, but won only 2. QB Vinny Testaverde was voted to the Pro Bowl after throwing for 4,177 yards and 33 TDs. WRs Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander both eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and combined for 23 TD receptions.
03/18: The Ravens and Western Maryland College entered into a 5-year agreement to hold training camp at the Westminster, MD campus.
04/19: The Ravens selected LB Peter Boulware with their 1st pick in the 1997 draft (4th overall). Boulware went on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and finished with 11.5 QB sacks, the 4th-best sack total by a rookie in NFL history.
09/21: The Ravens defeated the Tennessee Oilers, 36-10, to start the season 3-1.
12/14: Baltimore defeats Tennessee, 21-19, in the final game at Memorial Stadium. 13 of the 16 regular season games played by the Ravens at Memorial Stadium were televised and all were sold out.
12/21: Baltimore dropped a 16-14 game at Cincinnati to finish the season 6-9-1. T Jonathan Ogden is named consensus All-Pro and is voted as a starter to the Pro Bowl. LB Ray Lewis led the NFL in tackles with 210, was voted 1st alternate to the Pro Bowl, and then was selected as a "needs" player by coach Bill Cowher.
09/05: The new NFL Stadium at Camden Yards (later named PSINet Stadium) was the backdrop for an opening gala that included fireworks, a Stevie Wonder/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert and a spectacular laser show.
09/06: The Ravens opened their new NFL Stadium in downtown Baltimore before a host of dignitaries, a packed house and the Steelers. The Ravens lost, 20-13.
11/29: The Colts returned to Baltimore for the 1st time since 1983. The Ravens overcame two 14-point deficits and scored 25 second-half points to win 38-31.
12/13: The Ravens and Minnesota Vikings set an NFL record with 3 KORs for TDs, all in the first quarter. Ravens Corey Harris and Patrick Johnson and Minnesota's David Palmer all scored TDs on returns in the Vikings' 38-28 win. Gary Anderson set an NFL record when he kicked his 34th straight successful FG, 1 of 6 3-pointers.
12/28: After a 6-10 finish, the Ravens did not renew Ted Marchibroda's contract. Six Ravens represented the AFC in the Pro Bowl: LB Peter Boulware, WR /RS Jermaine Lewis, LB Ray Lewis, DE Michael McCrary, T Jonathan Ogden and S Bennie Thompson (special teamer).
01/19: Brian Billick became the 2nd head coach in Baltimore Ravens history when he accepted a 6-year contract from owner Art Modell. Billick, the highly successful offensive coordinator for Minnesota, directed a Vikings' attack that set a variety of NFL and team records, including the league's all-time scoring mark of 556 points in 1998.
01/26: PSINet Inc., the 1st and largest independent commercial Internet Service Provider, announced a 20-year partnership with the Ravens to develop a global Internet-based network for the Ravens. Under the agreement, the new downtown facility was named PSINet Stadium.
01/30: Ravens Executive VP of Player Personnel Ozzie Newsome was selected for induction into Pro Football's Hall of Fame, along with Lawrence Taylor, Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack and Billy Shaw. Newsome was the NFL's all-time leading TE in pass receptions, until Shannon Sharpe eclipsed Ozzie in 2001.
04/17: The Ravens selected Arizona CB Chris McAlister (10th overall) with their 1st-round pick and traded their 2nd-round choice for Atlanta's 1st-round choice in 2000. Baltimore also acquired veterans QB Tony Banks, OL Everett Lindsay and TE Lovett Purnell in trades involving 1999 picks.
09/12: Brian Billick's debut as head coach was spoiled in the regular season opener, as St. Louis defeated the Ravens, 27-10, in the TransWorld Dome. QB Kurt Warner had his 1st NFL start.
09/26: Billick notched his 1st win, 17-10, over the expansion Cleveland Browns. Stoney Case started at QB, replacing Scott Mitchell.
10/31: Tony Banks took over as the team's starting QB against Buffalo in a 13-10 loss. He went 6-4 as a starter, including 4-0 in Dec. He threw a career-high 17 TDs and a career-low 8 INTs.
12/26: The Ravens recorded their 1st-ever shutout, a 22-0 win over Cincinnati. The victory completed a perfect Dec. and gave the Ravens a franchise-high 8 victories. 5 players (LB Peter Boulware, LB Ray Lewis, DE Michael McCrary, T Jonathan Ogden and S Rod Woodson) were named to the Pro Bowl. The Ravens' defense finished ranked 2nd in the NFL, and in the team's 6-3 finish, Baltimore outscored opponents, 324-277.
02/18: The Ravens signed 7-time Pro Bowl TE Shannon Sharpe, an unrestricted free agent who starred for 10 years with the Denver Broncos. Sharpe caught 552 passes for 6,983 yards and 44 TDs for Denver.
03/27: NFL owners approved the sale of 49% of the Ravens to Anne Arundel County (MD) business executive Steve Bisciotti. In it, Bisciotti had an option to purchase the remaining 51% for $325 million in 2004.
04/15: The Ravens went for offense in the 2000 NFL Draft, selecting Tennessee RB Jamal Lewis (5th overall), Florida WR Travis Taylor (10th overall), and Louisville QB Chris Redman (75th overall) with their 1st 3 picks.
Sept: The Ravens opened the 2001 season with a 16-0 win at Pittsburgh in their last visit to Three Rivers Stadium on 9/3. They won 3 of their 1st 4 games, including a dramatic 39-36 win over Jacksonville (their 1st win over the Jaguars) and a 37-0 shutout over Cincinnati.
Oct: Baltimore finished Oct. at 2-3, and did not score a TD during the month. Trent Dilfer replaced Tony Banks at QB on 10/29 vs Pittsburgh.
Nov/Dec: Baltimore won its final 7 regular season games by a combined score of 193-63. On 11/26, Earnest Byner was the 1st person named to the Ravens' Ring of Honor during halftime of the 44-7 win over the Cleveland Browns. On 12/10, Art Modell was honored in pre-game ceremonies for his 40 years of ownership, and later that day was rewarded with the Ravens' 1st playoff berth, defeating San Diego, 24-3.
12/24: The Ravens' defense set a 16-game record by allowing only 165 total points. Baltimore also set an NFL record by allowing only 970 yards rushing. The Ravens finished 12-4 after beating the New York Jets, 34-20, on Christmas Eve. Rookie RB Jamal Lewis rushed for a team-record 1,364 yards in 2000.
12/31: The Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos, 21-3, in an AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at PSINet Stadium, the 1st home playoff game in Baltimore since 1977. Jamal Lewis rushed for 110 yards on 30 carries and scored twice, while the defense allowed Denver's rushing attack only 42 yards on the ground.
01/02: LB Ray Lewis won NFL Defensive MVP honors from the Associated Press.
01/07: The Ravens scored 14 fourth quarter points to defeat Tennessee, 24-10, at Adelphia Coliseum to advance to the AFC Championship. The go-ahead TD was a 90-yard return by Anthony Mitchell off a blocked FG; then Ray Lewis scored on a 50-yard INT return to seal the win.
01/14: The Ravens traveled to Oakland and defeated the Raiders, 16-3, in the AFC Championship game to advance to Super Bowl XXXV. Shannon Sharpe scored on an NFL postseason record 96-yard pass from Trent Dilfer. The Ravens limited the Raiders to 24 rushing yards.
01/28: The Ravens defeated the New York Giants, 34-7, to capture their 1st World Championship in Super Bowl XXXV, played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Ray Lewis was named Super Bowl MVP and only Ron Dixon's 97-yard KOR for a TD averted a shutout against the Giants. A Super Bowl record was set when 3 TDs were scored in a span of 36 seconds, including Duane Starks' 49-yard INT return and Jermaine Lewis' 84-yard KOR.
01/30: Over 200,000 people turned out on a cold, rainy day to attend the Baltimore Ravens' Victory Parade. "This is the thrill of my life!" exclaimed then-owner Art Modell.
03/06: The Ravens reached an agreement in principle on a 5-year contract with QB Elvis Grbac. Grbac had thrown for a career-high 4,169 yards and 28 TDs for Kansas City in 2000 and was named to his 1st Pro Bowl.
04/21: The Ravens selected Arizona State TE Todd Heap with their 1st choice (31st overall) in the 2001 draft, and Baylor S Gary Baxter in the 2nd round (62nd overall). The Ravens held all of their own choices in each of the 7 rounds.
July/Aug: The Ravens opened training camp as defending World Champions with the entire nation watching, as HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Baltimore Ravens debuted with the Ravens as the featured team. RB Jamal Lewis and RT Leon Searcy suffered season-ending injuries in the 1st week of camp.
08/13: The Ravens 1st preseason game vs. the Eagles was cancelled by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium because of hazardous field conditions.
09/09: The Ravens won their 12th consecutive game and 2nd consecutive opener with a 17-6 win over the Chicago Bears at PSINet Stadium. Two days later, on 9/11, the World Trade Center collapsed following a terrorist attack. The 9/17 game was postponed until January 7.
10/21: Matt Stover broke the NFL record for most consecutive games with a FG, snapping Fred Cox's old mark of 31 games, when he booted 2 three-pointers in a 24-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Stover's streak ended at 38 games with a FGA on 12/16 vs. Pittsburgh.
11/18: TE Shannon Sharpe became the NFL's all-time leading pass-catching TE (surpassing Ravens Executive VP and GM Ozzie Newsome's mark of 662), when Sharpe caught a 29-yard pass on the 5th play of the game vs. the Cleveland Browns. He finished the 2001 season with 692 career receptions for 8,604 yards-both all-time NFL highs for a TE.
12/2: S Rod Woodson set an NFL record by returning a Peyton Manning INT 47 yards for a TD, his NFL-best 10th career TD on an INT return in a 39-27 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Woodson's TD snapped a tie with Ken Houston, who had 9 career INTs for TDs.
12/23: Corey Dillon of the Cincinnati Bengals rushed for 127 yards, snapping the Ravens' streak of 50 games (including playoffs) of not allowing a 100-yard rusher, the longest streak since the 1989-1992 Philadelphia Eagles had a 53-game streak. The Ravens scored their 3rd consecutive home shutout win over the Bengals (16-0), the 1st time in 24 years (1975-77, Oakland over San Diego) that a team had 3 straight home shutouts over the same opponent.
01/02: Six Ravens were selected to play in the Pro Bowl, tying the team mark set in 1998. Selected were LB Ray Lewis, T Jonathan Ogden, DT Sam Adams, RS Jermaine Lewis, TE Shannon Sharpe and S Rod Woodson.
01/07: The Ravens played a postponed regular season game against Minnesota at Ravens Stadium and defeated the Vikings, 19-3, allowing Baltimore to advance to the playoffs. The game had been scheduled for Monday, 9/17, but was re-scheduled because of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States. The victory gave the Ravens a 10-6 record and clinched a Wild Card spot as the AFC's 5th seed. LB Peter Boulware set a team record with 4 sacks vs. the Vikings to finish as the AFC's leading sacker with 15.
01/13: The Baltimore Ravens traveled to Miami and defeated the Dolphins, 20-3, in a AFC Wild Card Playoff game. Baltimore set a playoff team record with 226 rushing yards on 50 carries. The Ravens became the 1st team in NFL history to win its 1st 5 playoff games. Only Joe Gibbs, who won his 1st 6 playoff games surpassed Brian Billick's mark of 5 (tied with Tom Flores).
01/20: After 5 consecutive playoff wins (including the Super Bowl run in 2000), the Ravens were stopped at Heinz Field with a 27-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game. The Steelers jumped to a 20-0 first-half lead and stifled Baltimore's offense. Baltimore's only TD came when RS Jermaine Lewis set an NFL playoff record with an 88-yard punt return for a score in the third quarter.
04/20: In the 66th Annual NFL Selection Meeting, the Ravens chose 10 players, many of whom made an immediate impact. Baltimore picked S Ed Reed (24th overall) out of Miami (FL) with its 1st pick and DE Tony Weaver (Notre Dame) with its 2nd (52nd overall). The Ravens had a total of 10 picks, 3 compensatory. Four days later, the Ravens signed UFA QB Jeff Blake, who would replace QB Chris Redman (back) following the 6th game of the 2002 season.
05/15: The Ravens and McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) announced a 3-year contract extension to keep Ravens training camp in Westminster, MD through the 2004 season. The team has trained at the Westminster campus since the 1996 inaugural season.
09/08: With the youngest team in NFL history (19 1st-year players), the Ravens dropped their 1st 2 games of the 2002 season, at Carolina (10-7) and at home on 9/15 vs. the Buccaneers (25-0). A moving tribute was paid to Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas prior to the game, and QB Chris Redman, a close friend and admirer, wore black hightops in honor of his hero. Johnny Unitas passed away on Sept. 11, 2002.
09/30: Chris McAlister ran into the NFL record books against Denver. With 1 second remaining in the first half, Broncos K Jason Elam's FG attempt was short. McAlister caught it in the end zone and returned it 107 yards for a TD - the longest play of any kind in league history. The previous record was 106 yards (3 KORs), last accomplished by Roy Green in 1979. Baltimore won 34-23. S Ed Reed blocked the 1st punt in Ravens history, leading to the Ravens' 2nd TD of the second quarter against the Broncos.
10/20: Johnny Unitas and 7 of his Hall of Fame teammates were enshrined into the Ring of Honor at Ravens Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 69,173 fans. A bronze statue of Unitas' likeness was sculpted by local Baltimore artist Frederick Kail and dedicated at Gate A, newly named Unitas Plaza. In a joint effort, the Baltimore Ravens, Art Modell, the Steve Bisciotti family, and others commissioned the project. Enshrined with Unitas were: WR Raymond Berry, RB Lenny Moore, DT Art Donovan, DE Gino Marchetti, TE John Mackey, OT Jim Parker and LB Ted Hendricks.
Nov: RS Lamont Brightful's 95-yard punt return was the longest PR in the NFL for the 2002 season; S Ed Reed recorded a 2nd blocked punt, which he returned for a TD in the victory vs. Tennessee, 13-12. The Ravens were 4-0 when scoring a TD on special teams in 2002.
12/29: The Ravens lost their final game of the season at Pittsburgh (34-31) in a heartbreaking nail-biter. Hopes of a playoff berth ended, and the Ravens finished with a 7-9 record. Three Ravens players traveled to the Pro Bowl: T Jonathan Ogden, LB Peter Boulware and 1st-timer TE Todd Heap.
Jan/Feb: Ozzie Newsome was named the NFL's 1st minority general manager. The Executive VP and GM promoted 3 members of his staff: Phil Savage, player personnel director; George Kokinis, pro personnel director; Eric DeCosta, college scouting director. Former Bears Hall of Fame LB Mike Singletary launched his coaching career when he was hired by the Ravens as LB coach. Art Modell entered his 43rd (and final) year in the NFL as a franchise owner.
04/26-27: The Ravens had 11 draft picks going into the 67th Annual NFL Selection Meeting, 4 of which were compensatory picks. LB Terrell Suggs (Arizona State) was selected with the 1st pick (10th overall). In a draft-day trade with New England, the Ravens secured a 2nd 1st-round pick (19th overall) and selected QB Kyle Boller (California) in exchange for their 2nd-round pick in 2003 and their 1st-rounder in 2004.
05/06: Ravens Stadium was re-named M&T Bank Stadium in a press conference held at the stadium. The 15-year $75 million agreement includes naming rights, as well as important community-based programs that will be jointly administered. Then-147-year old M&T Bank is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.
09/02: The average age of the Ravens was only 25.8 years at roster cutdown. Baltimore had 18 1st- and 2nd-year players on the roster; 7 rookies and 11 2nd-year veterans. The average years of experience was just 4. The Ravens were the 3rd youngest team in the NFL (Cleveland, 24.8 and Chicago, 25.3).
09/07-14: The Ravens opened the season on the road at Pittsburgh and lost to their division rivals, 34-15. Rookie QB Kyle Boller started his 1st game as a pro. In a reverse scenario, Baltimore rolled over the Cleveland Browns the following week 33-13 at M&T Bank Stadium. In that home opener, RB Jamal Lewis broke an NFL record with 295 yards rushing on 30 carries and 2 TDs - nailing 1 TD for 82 yards. In the game at Cleveland (12/21), Lewis rushed for 205 yards, setting the NFL mark for rushing yards in a season vs. the same team -500 yards.
12/18: Ateam-record 8 players were voted to the Pro Bowl (most-tied with the Chiefs): LB Ray Lewis, S Ed Reed, LB Peter Boulware, T Jonathan Ogden, TE Todd Heap, RB Jamal Lewis, CB Chris McAlister and LB/Special Teamer Adalius Thomas.
12/26: Art Modell joined the Ravens Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium with his induction at the final game of the season, a 13-10 OT win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore finished 10-6, winning a 1st-ever AFC North Division title.
12/31: Jamal Lewis and Ray Lewis were named AP's NFL Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, while LB Terrell Suggs was named AP's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
01/03: The Ravens lost, 20-17, to the Titans in the AFC Wild Card game at M&T Bank Stadium on Gary Anderson's game-winning kick (46-yard FG), with 29 seconds remaining.
02/04: Jim Fassel, former head coach of the NY Giants, was named senior consultant/ offense for the Baltimore Ravens. It marked the 1st time 2 Super Bowl head coaches are on the same team.
04/09: The NFL approved Ravens new owner Steve Bisciotti's purchase of the club.
04/13: Ravens and McDaniel College extended their partnership 6 years to keep training camp in Westminster through 2010. The deal includes installation of Sportexe Momentum Turf on the college's main athletic field with both parties sharing costs.
04/24-25: The Ravens had 10 draft picks (3 compensatory) in the 68th NFL Selection Meeting. Their 1st pick was traded in 2003 to NE for QB Kyle Boller (19). The Ravens selected DE/DT Dwan Edwards in the 2nd round (51st overall). The 3rd- and 5th-round selections (88 and 155) were traded to Min. for a 3rd-rounder (82) to select WR Devard Darling (Washington State). OLB Roderick Green (Central Missouri State) was selected at the 153rd spot from Miami for the Ravens' 5th (160) and 7th (222).
09/12: The Ravens opened the season on the road at Cleveland without the services of Pro Bowl LT Jonathan Ogden and Baltimore lost (20-3) in an upset to its division rival. Baltimore struggled most of the season with injuries to key Pro Bowl-type players, with regular starters missing a total of 53 games.
10/04: Former Ravens Pro Bowler DE Michael McCrary was inducted into the Smyth Jewelers Ring of Honor at halftime of the Ravens' Monday Night ABC contest vs. KC. The Chiefs won, 27-24. McCrary retired in 2002.
10/15: Ravens moved into their new 200,000-sq.ft. training facility in Owings Mills, MD during the bye week. The new state-of-the-art headquarters is home to 200 Ravens employees.
12/22: Five Ravens were named to the Pro Bowl: T Jonathan Ogden (8th), LB Ray Lewis (7th), S Ed Reed (2nd), CB Chris McAlister (2nd), LB Terrell Suggs (1st).
01/02: Finishing the 2004 season with a 9-7 record, the Ravens missed the playoffs for the 3rd time in 5 years. Baltimore produced a 6-2 mark at M&T Bank Stadium and a 3-5 record on the road. Injuries caused regular starters to miss 53 games, including the entire season for Pro Bowl OLB Peter Boulware. Other Pro Bowlers who missed considerable time included: TE Todd Heap (10), RB Jamal Lewis (4), LT Jonathan Ogden (4), and CB Deion Sanders (7). C Mike Flynn missed the 1st 7 games.
01/07: S Ed Reed was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, becoming the 2nd Raven in as many years to win the award. Ray Lewis won the award twice (2001, 2003).
01/12-20: Jim Fassel (former head coach of the NY Giants) and Rex Ryan were promoted to offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively. Clarence Brooks (formerly with Miami) replaced Rex Ryan as defensive line coach. Chris Foerster (former Miami offensive coordinator) was named offensive line/assistant head coach. Rick Neuheisel was named quarterbacks coach. Fassel's son, John, was hired as an offensive assistant.
04/24-25: The Ravens had 7 draft picks (1 compensatory) in the 69th NFL Selection Meeting: 1 (22) Mark Clayton (WR) Oklahoma; 2a (53) Dan Cody (OLB) Oklahoma; 2b (64) Adam Terry (T) Syracuse. Choice obtained in a trade with New England in exchange for Ravens 3rd (84) and 6th round (195) in 2005 and a 3rd-round selection in 2006; 4 (124) Jason Brown (OL) North Carolina; 5 (158) Justin Green (FB) Montana; 6 (213-compensatory) Derek Anderson (QB) Oregon State; 7 (234) Mike Smith (LB) Texas Tech.
01/01: Baltimore finished with a disappointing 6-10 record, going 6-2 at home and netting 0 wins on the road. The 67 games lost to injured starters were 3rd most in the NFL, with 10 games to Ray Lewis (thigh), 6 to Ed Reed (ankle) and 7 to Kyle Boller (toe). Season highlights included 2 national games, a 48-3 win over Green Bay (12/19) and a 30-23 win against Minnesota (12/25) on Christmas night that knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs. One of the victories was a 16-13 OT triumph over the Super Bowl Champion Steelers.
01/11: 5 new coaches joined the Ravens: Frank Gansz, Jr. (special teams coordinator), Mark Carrier (secondary), Mike Johnson (wide receivers), Tony Nathan (running backs) and Greg Roman (assistant offensive line). John Fassel was promoted to assistant special teams coach (formerly an offensive assistant).
02/12: LT Jonathan Ogden started his 9th-straight Pro Bowl.
03/14-24: Ravens signed 4-time Pro Bowler DE Trevor Pryce (Den.), DT Justin Bannan (Buf.), RB Mike Anderson (Den.), LB Gary Stills (KC), who earned Pro Bowl honors as a special teamer, DB Corey Ivy (STL) and P Leo Araguz. Resigned were RB Jamal Lewis and LB Bart Scott.
04/29-30: At the 70th NFL Selection Meeting, the Ravens chose Oregon DT Haloti Ngata, the 13th 1st-round choice in Ravens history, and described by GM Ozzie Newsome as a block of granite. Baltimore drafted 5 defensive players, 4 offensive, and a punter who can also kick off. The Ravens had 10 selections, including 4 compensatory.
06/08: Three-time Pro Bowler and 2003 co-MVP QB Steve McNair joined the Ravens in a trade with Tennessee in exchange for a 2007 Baltimore draft pick. McNair started at QB for the Ravens and became just the 3rd player in NFL history to throw for 30,000 career passing yards and 3,500 rushing yards. He joined Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young in that group.
09/10: Baltimore shut out Tampa Bay (27-0) in the opener at Raymond James Stadium and posted a 2nd shutout versus Pittsburgh (also 27-0) on Nov. 26.
10/16: Head coach Brian Billick took over coordinating the offense after the Ravens lost 2 in a row, falling to 4-2. Baltimore won 5-straight games and 4 out of the last 5 contests.
10/29: Both CB Ronnie Prude and S Dawan Landry returned 12-yard INTs for TDs at New Orleans. Baltimore went on to win, 35-22, with the help of the 2 rookies.
11/05: Former Ravens LB Peter Boulware was inducted into the Smyth Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium in an emotional halftime ceremony.
12/22: Three Ravens were named as starters in the Pro Bowl: T Jonathan Ogden, LB Adalius Thomas and S Ed Reed. CB Chris McAlister and LB Terrell Suggs received Pro Bowl nods as reserves. LB Ray Lewis and QB Steve McNair were named as backups, but were replaced [because of injuries] with LB Bart Scott and the Titans' QB Vince Young, respectively.
12/24: For the 1st time in Ravens history, Baltimore swept AFC North rival Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, 31-7, after posting an earlier shutout on Nov. 26, 27-0, at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens' defense dominated Pittsburgh in both games, sacking QB Ben Roethlisberger 14 times and intercepting him 4.
12/31: The Ravens finished 13-3, earning the AFC North Division title and a bye week prior to the AFC Divisional Playoffs. The Ravens' 1st-ranked defense was elite: 1st in points allowed (201, including just 64 [9.1 per game] in final 7 games - 26 teams allowed 300 or more points for season); 1st in total defense (264.1 yards); 1st inside the 20 (33.3% TDs allowed); fewest 3rd downs converted (28.8%) and fewest 1st downs permitted (236); 1st in takeaways/giveaways (+17) - 2nd in takeaways (40 to Chicago's 44); 1st in INTs (28, including 5 for TDs); and 2nd in sacks (60 to San Diego's 61). The offense led the NFL in time of possession (32:49) and sack ratio (+43); 17 sacks allowed was a franchise record and 2nd in the NFL to the Colts' 15.
01/13: In a Divisional Playoff game that provided great angst for Baltimore's loyal fans, the Ravens were on the wrong side of a 15-6 decision vs. Indianapolis. Not 1 TD was scored in this kicking contest of a playoff game between Baltimore's Matt Stover and the Colts'Adam Vinatieri.
01/17: Head coach Brian Billick signed a new 4-year contract with the Ravens. Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan signed a new 2-year deal with the Ravens.
03/09: In a trade with Buffalo for 3 draft picks, RB Willis McGahee was signed to a 6-year contract with the Ravens.
04/28-29: At the 72nd NFL Selection Meeting in NY, the Ravens made the following choices: 1st round (29th overall) G Ben Grubbs from Auburn, 3a (74th overall) WR Yamon Figurs from Kansas State, 3b (86th overall) OL Marshal Yanda from Iowa, 4a (134th overall) LB Antwan Barnes from Florida International, 4b (137th overall) FB Le'Ron McClain from Alabama, 5th round (174th overall) QB Troy Smith from Ohio State and 6th round (207th overall) LB Prescott Burgess from Michigan. Barnes, McClain, Smith and Burgess were compensatory picks for the loss of free agents S Will Demps (NYG), NT Maake Kemoeatu (Car.), RB Chester Taylor (Min.) and DE Anthony Weaver (Hou.), after the 2005 season.
07/13: Baltimore used a 5th-round supplemental pick to take T Jared Gaither (replacing the Ravens' 5th-round choice in the 2008 draft.)
08/13: Baltimore opened the preseason with a 29-3 win against the Eagles on 8/13, but finished with a August record (of 1-3) before traveling to Cincinnati to kick off the regular season on 9/10. In the 3rd preseason game at the Redskins (8/25), a severe thunderstorm hit Landover, MD, and delayed the scheduled 8 PM start for an hour. Lightning caused NFL officials to suspend the contest midway through the 3rd quarter. Victory was awarded to the Redskins, 13-7.
12/31: Prompted by a dismal 5-11 season in 2007, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass and GM Ozzie Newsome held a press conference announcing the decision to relieve head coach Brian Billick and his staff of their coaching duties. Despite an injury report that would have paralyzed most teams, the Ravens never quit. In 2007, the number of games missed by starters was 77, up from just 24 in 2006. By the final gun, the Ravens had started 3 different QBs, including rookie Troy Smith. Baltimore had 12 rookies and 1 1st-year player on the roster. It (13) was the 3rd-most in the NFL to close out the year. Baltimore started 6 different rookies, tying 4 teams for 2nd-most in the NFL. Smith posted the only win in '07 versus the AFC North, a 27-21 nailbiter vs. Pittsburgh on 12/30.
01/19: Steve Bisciotti hired his 1st - and just the 3rd head coach in Ravens history - John Harbaugh - former special teams/defensive backs coach for the Philadelphia Eagles under Andy Reid. Harbaugh's special teams ranked in the top 10 of special teams rankings every year from 2000-06, including 2 1st-place finishes. From 2000-06, no team had a higher overall ranking (attribution: Dallas Morning News). John was originally hired by Ray Rhodes in 1997 and was then retained by Reid.
02/10: LT Jonathan Ogden appeared in his 11th-straight Pro Bowl, along with LB Ray Lewis (9th), S Ed Reed (4th) and RB Willis McGahee (1st).
04/17: QB Steve McNair retired from football after a 13-year NFL career.
04/26-27: At the 73rd NFL Selection Meeting in NY, the Ravens made the following choices: 1st round (18th overall) QB Joe Flacco from Delaware, 2nd round (55th overall) RB Ray Rice from Rutgers, 3a (71st overall) ILB Tavares Gooden from Miami, 3b (86th overall) S Tom Zbikowski from Notre Dame, 3c (99th overall) T Oniel Cousins from UTEP, 4a (106th overall) WR Marcus Smith from New Mexico, 4b (133rd overall) G/T David Hale from Weber State, 6th round (206th overall) S Haruki Nakamura from Cincinnati, 7a (215th overall)WR Justin Harper from Virginia Tech, 7b (240th overall) RB Allen Patrick from Oklahoma. Cousins. Hale, Nakamura and Patrick were compensatory picks for the loss of free agents DT Aubrayo Franklin (SF), FB Ovie Mugheli (Atl.), T Tony Pashos (Jax.) and OLB Adalis Thomas (NE) after the 2006 sesaon.
06/12: LT Jonathan Ogden retired after a 12-year career.
09/07: John Harbaugh won his first game as an NFL head coach with a 17-10 victory over Cincinnati in Week 1 at M&T Bank Stadium. A pair of rookies started the game on offense: QB Joe Flacco and RB Ray Rice.
09/14: The Ravens' bye week was unexpectedly moved to Week 2 after Hurricane Ike ravaged Texas' Gulf Coast area and forced the postponement of Baltimore's game at Houston until Week 10. Due to this schedule change, Baltimore would play 18 consecutive games, including three in the playoffs, before the season concluded.
10/26: Longtime Ravens T Jonathan Ogden was inducted into the Ravens' Smyth Jewelers Ring of Honor just four months after his retirement from football.
12/20: In the last NFL game ever to be played at the Cowboys' historic Texas Stadium, the Ravens defeated Dallas, 33-24, with FB Le'Ron McClain recording the longest run in Texas Stadium history with a career-long 82-yard TD scamper.
12/28: With a Wild Card playoff spot on the line, Baltimore closed out the regular season with a 9-2 record to earn a No. 6 seed in the postseason. The Ravens beat Jacksonville in the season finale, 27-7, to earn their fifth-ever postseason appearance. After starting the year 2-3, the Ravens rallied to end the regular season with an 11-5 record to earn second place in the AFC North and a Wild Card Playoff berth. The 11 regular season wins set an NFL record for the most by a rookie QB (Joe Flacco) and a first-year head coach (John Harbaugh) tandem. Including the playoffs, Harbaugh and Flacco ended 2008 with 13 wins, a new NFL rookie standard.
01/04: In the Wild Card game at Miami, the Ravens' four INTs off Dolphins QB Chad Pennington (who threw only seven during the regular season) tied for the most in team playoff history. S Ed Reed stole two from Pennington, returning the first pick 64 yards for a TD.
01/10: The Ravens defeated the top-seeded Tennessee Titans at LP Field, getting Flacco his second playoff win - the most for a rookie QB in NFL history. A last-minute field goal by K Matt Stover gave Baltimore the 13-10 advantage.
01/18: In the AFC Championship, Baltimore suffered a narrow 23-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in a hard-hitting defensive battle, ending the Ravens' playoff run. John Harbaugh solidified himself as one of 12 first-year head coaches in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to the conference championship game. The Ravens finished the season No. 2 in the NFL with 19 players on IR, the most in team history. According to Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News, Baltimore lost 64 games by starters. Baltimore's defense concluded the season ranked No. 2 in the NFL. In addition to not allowing a 100-yard rusher for the second-straight season (an NFL-best 35 games dating back to 2006), they set three team records: opponent QB rating (60.6), rushing TDs allowed (four) and rushing first downs allowed (58). A league-high nine INTs by S Ed Reed contributed to the team's NFL top-ranked status for INTs with 26.
01/21: Rex Ryan, Baltimore's defensive coordinator from 2005-08 and a member of the coaching staff since 1999, was hired by the New York Jets as their head coach.
01/26: Having served as LBs coach in 2008, Greg Mattison was named the Ravens' new defensive coordinator. Also, special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg earned the title of assistant head coach.
02/08: The Baltimore coaching staff led the AFC squad in the Pro Bowl. Five Ravens were voted into the All-Star game for the 2008 season, including ST Brendon Ayanbadejo (third), LB Ray Lewis (10th), FB Le'Ron McClain (first), S Ed Reed (fifth) and LB Terrell Suggs (third).
01/03: To cap the 2009 regular season, the Ravens produced their sixth playoff team of the decade (2000-09), which ranked third best (tied with Pittsburgh) in the AFC behind Indianapolis (9) and New England (7). With a 21-13 win at Oakland (1/3), John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco, who set the NFL record for most wins ever (13, including playoffs) by a rookie head coach starting a rookie QB in 2008, achieved the league mark for earning the playoffs in their first two seasons by such a tandem. Harbaugh also became the 10th coach since 1990 to reach the playoffs in his first two seasons as a head coach, while Flacco became the fourth starting QB since the 1970 merger to reach the playoffs in his first two NFL seasons. The Ravens' defense finished third in the NFL in total yards (300.5) and third in points allowed (16.3). It was the seventh-consecutive season Baltimore's defense finished in the NFL's top six. For the first time in team history, Baltimore had a 3,000-yard passer (Joe Flacco - 3,613), a 1,000- yard rusher (Ray Rice - 1,339) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Derrick Mason - 1,028) in the same season.
01/10: In the Wild Card game at New England, Baltimore beat the Patriots, 33-14, serving the team its first home playoff defeat since 1978. Baltimore snapped New England's 11-game home playoff winning streak and halted QB Tom Brady's 23-game overall winning streak at home. The Ravens forced QB Tom Brady into four turnovers (three INTs and a fumble), finishing the game with a +2 ratio. Baltimore scored 20 points off its four turnovers on the day. Baltimore scored 33 points against the Patriots, the second most in Ravens playoff history (34 vs. NYG in Super Bowl XXXV). Twenty-four of the Ravens' points came in the first quarter, tying for the second-most points in the opening quarter of any playoff game in NFL history. Ray Rice ran for a playoff franchise-record 159 yards and two TDs on 22 carries (7.2 avg.), spurring the Ravens' 234-yard rushing output (most in team playoff history).
01/16: Baltimore fell at Indianapolis in the Divisional game, 20-3. The Ravens held the Colts to 275 net yards (including just 42 rushing), but Baltimore's four turnovers proved too costly.
01/31: The NFL held its annual Pro Bowl in South Florida, an honor five Ravens earned: LB Ray Lewis (11th), FB Le'Ron McClain (second), DT Haloti Ngata (first), S Ed Reed (sixth) and RB Ray Rice (first).
01/03: To finish the 2010 season, Baltimore tied Pittsburgh for the best record in the division at 12-4, but lost the AFC North on the division-record tiebreaker (5-1 to 4-2). Baltimore, Indianapolis (an NFL record nine in a row) and Philadelphia became the only teams to make the playoffs in each of the last three seasons (2008-10). The 2010 campaign also marked the first time the Ravens ever earned the postseason three years in a row. This was the third year in a row - the best run in team history - that the Ravens finished third in the NFL in fewest points allowed (16.9 ppg). S Ed Reed missed the first six games of the season rehabbing a hip injury, and despite that, still led the NFL with 8 INTs and 183 INT return yards. Joe Flacco became the third starting QB since the 1970 merger to make the playoffs in his first three seasons, joining Dan Marino and Bernie Kosar. Flacco set a Ravens' season mark with his 93.6 QB rating and established career highs with 3,622 yards and 25 TDs. RB Ray Rice posted 1,776 yards from scrimmage, third most in the NFL, while WR Derrick Mason became the third player in NFL annals to post 11 consecutive seasons with at least 60 catches (Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez).
01/09: In the Wild Card game at Kansas City, the Ravens prevailed 30-7, becoming the only NFL team to win at least one playoff game in each of the last three seasons. Harbaugh also became the first head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons. In the victory, the Ravens set franchise playoff single-game records for the following offensive marks: total net yards (390), first downs (26) and passing yards (248). Baltimore's stingy defense allowed just 161.0 yards of total offense. The Chiefs recorded just 53 net passing yards, which set a Ravens' postseason record. Flacco set Ravens playoff game records with 25 completions, 265 yards passing and 2 TDs (on 34 attempts), also producing a franchise postseasonrecord 115.4 passer rating. He earned his fourthcareer playoff win and tied Dan Marino for the most combined victories (36) by a QB in his first three NFL seasons.
01/15: After holding a 21-7 halftime lead, the Ravens fell at Pittsburgh in the Divisional Playoff, 31-24. OLB Terrell Suggs (10) became the Ravens' career postseason sacks leader with his 3-sack performance, and Baltimore's 6 total sacks on the night also set a team playoff record.
01/19: Becoming the team's fifth defensive coordinator ever, Chuck Pagano was promoted from secondary coach after Greg Mattison left to coach at the University of Michigan.
01/30: Played in Hawaii to honor the NFL's 2010 Pro Bowlers, five Ravens earned All-Star honors: K Billy Cundiff (first), LB Ray Lewis (12th), DT Haloti Ngata (second), S Ed Reed (seventh) and OLB Terrell Suggs (fourth).
02/14: Harbaugh and the Ravens agreed to a contract extension (with terms undisclosed).
01/01: After a 24-16 victory at Cincinnati, the Ravens became the only NFL team to earn the playoffs the past four seasons (2008-11), also winning the AFC North by sweeping the division for the first time in franchise history.
The Ravens, producting a second-straight 12-4 campaign, went 6-0 against playoff teams during the regular season, matching Green Bay as the only clubs to go undefeated in division play and against other postseason qualifiers.
QB Joe Flacco, who has started every game under head coach John Harbaugh, produced his 44th regular season win as a starter, marking the most ever by an NFL QB in his initial four seasons (2008-11).
The Ravens, who finished No. 3 in the league in fewest points permitted (16.6 ppg) for the fourth-straight year, tied an NFL record for consecutive seasons of being in the Top 3 for points allowed. Overall, Baltimore's "D" ranked third in both yards allowed (288.9 ypg) and sacks (48).
Despite playing eight games against defenses ranked in the NFL's Top 8, the Ravens were 12th in scoring (23.6 ppg), seventh in third-down offense (42.4%) and 10th in rushing (124.8 ypg). RB Ray Rice produced a career-high and NFL-best 2,068 yards from scrimmage, ranking second in the league in rushing. Rice also set a team mark with 15 total TDs and was second in the NFL among RBs with a team-high 76 catches (705 receiving yards). Flacco produced his third-consecutive 3,500-yard/20-TD season and was 13 yards shy of his career high with 3,610 passing yards (3,622). WR Torrey Smith was third among NFL rookies with 841 receiving yards (50 catches); his receptions and yards, plus 7 TDs, set new Ravens first-year standards.
01/15: Baltimore earned a 20-13 Divisional Round victory over Houston at home, helping John Harbaugh become the first head coach in NFL history (since the 1970 merger) to win a playoff game in each of his first four seasons (2008-11). The Ravens forced 4 turnovers against the Texans, and for the first time in team history (regular season or playoffs), Baltimore did not commit a single penalty.
01/22: The Ravens' Super Bowl hopes came to a devastating end in New England with a 23-20 loss in the AFC Championship game. It came down to Baltimore's final drive in the fourth quarter, when the Ravens had a chance to win or tie the game. But, a QB Joe Flacco-to-WR Lee Evans pass fell incomplete, and K Billy Cundiff's last-second 32-yard FG attempt sailed wide left, sealing the victory for New England.
01/27: Dean Pees was named the Ravens' new defensive coordinator after Chuck Pagano left to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
01/29: Played in Hawaii to honor the NFL's 2011 Pro Bowlers, eight Ravens earned All-Star honors: LB Ray Lewis (13th), S Ed Reed (eighth), OLB Terrell Suggs (fifth), DT Haloti Ngata (third), FB Vonta Leach (second), RB Ray Rice (second), G Ben Grubbs (first) and G Marshal Yanda (first).
02/04: OLB Terrell Suggs was named the 2011 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year. It marked the fourth time in 12 seasons that a Raven has earned the prestigious honor: Suggs (2011), S Ed Reed (2004) and LB Ray Lewis (2003 & 2000). Additionally, C Matt Birk was named the 2011 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. The award recognizes a player's off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
06/08: The Ravens and Under Armour, whose global headquarters are located in downtown Baltimore, joined forces in a wideranging collaboration that features multiple community focused initiatives. The 10-year agreement included naming rights for the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, which was renamed the Under Armour Performance Center.
09/06: Art Modell, whose remarkable 43-year NFL career made him a regular finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the age of 87. As owner of both the Cleveland Browns (1961-1995) and the Baltimore Ravens (1996-2003), Modell directed teams that produced 28 winning seasons, 28 playoff games, two NFL Championships (1964 and 2000), three other appearances in NFL title contests (1965, '68 and '69), and four visits (1986, '87, '89 and 2000) to AFC championships.
09/27: RB Jamal Lewis, the Ravens' all-time leading rusher, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of the Ravens' 23-16 win over Cleveland on Thursday night.
12/26: For their 2012 season efforts, six Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: S Ed Reed (ninth), DT Haloti Ngata (fourth), FB Vonta Leach (third), RB Ray Rice (third), G Marshal Yanda (second) and RS Jacoby Jones (first).
12/30: The 2012 Ravens finished with a 10-6 record en route to earning their fifth-straight playoff berth and secondconsecutive AFC North title. Under head coach John Harbaugh, Baltimore became the only NFL team to make the playoffs in each of the past five seasons (2008-12). The Ravens, who earned the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons, seized the franchise's fourth-ever division title with a 4-2 mark in AFC North play and an 8-4 conference record.
The Ravens set a single-season franchise record by scoring 398 points, averaging the NFL's 10th-most per game (24.9). Baltimore scored a team-record 254 points at home, producing the NFL's fourth-best home average of 31.8 ppg. Baltimore also surrendered just 16 give-aways, setting a franchise single-season record low.
The Ravens' special teams units were spectacular. In addition to posting a league-best (tied, Darius Reynaud) 3 kick return TDs (108- & 105-yard KORs and 63-yard PR), RS Jacoby Jones led the NFL in KOR average (30.7). Rookie K Justin Tucker made 30 of 33 FGAs (90.9%), producing the second-best
success rate in Ravens single-season history and also the second-best mark by a rookie kicker in NFL history.
Harbaugh became just the third coach in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to guide his team to the postseason in each of his first five seasons (2008-12), joining Bill Cowher and Chuck Knox. "Harbs" also became the only head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first four and five seasons.
01/02: LB Ray Lewis announced that he would retire at the end of the Ravens’ playoff run, closing one of the greatest careers in NFL history. ”I talked to my team today,” Lewis said. “I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.”
01/06: Before a sellout M&T Bank Stadium crowd that celebrated and saluted LB Ray Lewis in his final home game, the Ravens held the Colts without a touchdown, winning 24-9 in the 2012 Wild Card Playoff. Lewis, in his 17th and final season, finished with 13 tackles and 1 PD in his first game since tearing his triceps on Oct. 14.
01/12: In what became the fourth-longest game in NFL history, the Ravens outlasted the Broncos, 38-35, in double overtime of the 2012 Divisional Playoff at Denver, producing a thrilling victory that will go down as one of the greatest wins in franchise history. Rookie K Justin Tucker’s 47-yard field goal in the second overtime period sent Baltimore into the AFC Championship for the second-straight season. The Ravens tied the contest at 35 with :31 remaining in regulation on a remarkable QB Joe Flacco-to-WR Jacoby Jones 70-yard TD bomb, spurring the incredible comeback.
01/20: The Ravens earned a trip to their second Super Bowl in franchise history, defeating the No. 2-seeded Patriots, 28-13, in the AFC Championship at New England. The Ravens’ defense shut out the NFL’s No. 1-ranked and highest-scoring offense in the second half, and QB Joe Flacco threw 3 TDs in leading Baltimore to victory.
02/01: In a ceremony held in New Orleans two days before Super Bowl XLVII, Jonathan Ogden, an 11-time Pro Bowler and the Ravens’ first-ever draft pick (fourth overall in 1996), was announced as a 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
02/03: After taking an early 28-6 lead, the Baltimore Ravens needed a goal-line stand to clinch their second World Championship title, defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, LA. The Ravens’
defense delivered the critical stand late in the fourth quarter, overcoming a furious second-half comeback and a 34-minute power outage. For the first time in any of the four major pro sports, two head-coaching brothers (John and Jim Harbaugh) faced each other in a championship game.
With a 3-TD performance vs. the 49ers, QB Joe Flacco threw 11 TD passes in the postseason, tying the NFL single postseason record shared by Joe Montana (1989) and Kurt Warner (2008). Flacco and Montana did not throw an INT during those respective postseasons. Flacco finished the game 22-of-33 for 287 yards to produce a 124.2 rating.
In 2012, Flacco also became the first starting QB in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. Also winning at least one playoff game in each of those postseasons, he compiled nine playoff victories, which tie (Tom Brady) for the most among QBs in the first five seasons of a career.
The Ravens produced one of the most electrifying postseasons in NFL history. Averaging 410.3 yards of offense (134.8 rush & 275.5 pass), Baltimore scored 31.0 points per game while allowing just 22.0. WR Anquan Boldin recorded 22 catches for 380 yards and 4 TDs, while WR Jacoby Jones posted a 29.4 receiving average (5 for 147), catching TDs of 70 and 56 yards. (Jones also had a 108-yard KOR-TD in the Super Bowl.)
The Ravens’ defense registered 10 take-aways (6 INTs and 4 FRs), helping produce a +6 overall turnover differential during their playoff run. The unit also posted 9 sacks in four playoff games, including 4.5 by OLB Paul Kruger.
02/05: Baltimore celebrated the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII Championship, as thousands of fans lined the streets of Charm City and completely filled M&T Bank Stadium for a celebration. Fans also gathered at City Hall and cheered when the Ravens arrived to kick off the parade route with the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy.
06/05: As guests of President Barack Obama, the Ravens visited The White House and were honored for winning Super Bowl XLVII. Said the President: “Now, I imagine there were times last year when these players were the only ones who knew that they’d make it here to show off this trophy. Because, during the year, they lost player after player to injury; they dropped four of their last five regular season games. In the playoffs, they trailed Denver by a touchdown with 70 yards and less than a minute to go. ... And then, in the Super Bowl, just when it looked like they had the momentum, the lights went out for a half hour. ... But these Ravens always pulled through.”
09/22: LB Ray Lewis, the Ravens’ all-time leading tackler and second-ever draft choice, was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime of the 30-9 win over Houston.
12/08: In a remarkable and most-memorable contest that set NFL records for the most points scored (36) in the last 2:05 of a game and most lead changes (six) in a fourth quarter, the Ravens found a way to beat the Vikings, 29-26. In 121 seconds late in the game, 36 points were scored, including the winning TD by Baltimore with 4 seconds left. That score came when Joe Flacco, who led the game-winning, 5-play, 80-yard drive, hit rookie WR Marlon Brown with a 9-yard TD strike. This wild battle started with a near-blizzard snowfall that made it difficult for QBs to find receivers beyond the line of scrimmage
12/27: For their 2013 season production, four Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: DT Haloti Ngata (fifth), OLB Terrell Suggs (sixth), K Justin Tucker (first) and G Marshal Yanda (third).
12/29: For the first time since 2008 – the year the Ravens hired John Harbaugh – Baltimore did not make the playoffs, coming one game short with an 8-8 mark and placing third in the AFC North after falling 34-17 in the finale at Cincinnati. Tied 17-17 near the end of the third quarter of the game, Baltimore needed only that win to clinch a postseason berth.
01/27: Gary Kubiak was hired as the team's offensive coordinator following the departure of Jim Caldwell, who was named Detroit's new head coach.
05/21: M&T Bank and the Ravens announced a 10-year, $60 million extension of their partnership, which includes the continuation of naming rights to M&T Bank Stadium and an array of community-focused programs, including a new initiative focused on helping at-risk children in Baltimore.
10/12: QB Joe Flacco became the fastest player in NFL history (since 1970 merger) to toss 5 TDs (16 minutes and 3 seconds into the game) in the 48-17 victory at Tampa Bay. The Ravens' offense gained 475 yards vs. the Bucs, with the 48 points scored marking the most in Ravens road game history.
10/19: TE Todd Heap, the Ravens' all-time leader in receiving TDs (41), was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of the 29-7 win over Atlanta.
12/23: For their 2014 season production, four Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: OLB Elvis Dumervil (fourth), RB Justin Forsett (first, originally voted a first alternate), LB C.J. Mosley (first, becoming the first Ravens rookie to earn the distinction) and G Marshal Yanda (fourth).
12/28: Beating the Browns 20-10, the Ravens produced a 10-6 regular season record en route to earning their sixth playoff berth in seven seasons. The Ravens set single-season franchise records by scoring 409 points (including a team-best 206 on the road) and producing 5,838 yards of offense. QB Joe Flacco posted career bests in yards (3,986) and touchdown passes (27). Baltimore tallied the NFL's second-most sacks (49, tied with Philadelphia) and boasted the No. 2 red zone defense (42.6), also allowing the league's sixth-fewest points per game (18.9). P Sam Koch produced the NFL's No. 3 gross average (47.4) and No. 1 net average (43.3), setting the Ravens' single-season records for each.
01/03: Behind an offensive line that included two rookie starters (LT James Hurst and RG John Urschel), the Ravens won, 30-17, at the host Steelers in a Wild Card tilt, producing their NFL-best 10th playoff victory since 2008. Baltimore's defense was stout, holding Pittsburgh out of the end zone for three quarters and sacking QB Ben Roethlisberger five times. The win marked Baltimore's first-ever playoff triumph in the Steel City and gave the Ravens their 10th all-time postseason road victory, tying Green Bay (existing since 1919) for the most in pro football history.
01/10: In a tense Divisional battle at New England, the Ravens' bid to play in their fourth AFC Championship game in seven seasons came to an abrupt end in Foxborough with a narrow 35-31 defeat to the Patriots. New England erased two 14-point Baltimore leads to win the contest, becoming the first team in NFL history to accomplish the feat.
01/20: Marc Trestman was hired as the team's offensive coordinator following the departure of Gary Kubiak, who was named Denver's new head coach.
07/28: Constellation and the Ravens announced an agreement to construct a 375-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project at the team's headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills...The roof-mounted solar power system expanded the current energy services relationship...Constellation owns and operates the solar power system, while the Ravens purchase the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation under a 20-year power purchase agreement...The solar power system went into full operation on May 26, 2016.
08/05: The Ravens announced fan experience and gameday enhancements at M&T Bank Stadium, including a $6.5 million investment in an expansive Wi-Fi system, a revolutionary 3-D video system called freeD that shows replays from every possible angle and new safety measures to ease entry into the stadium and ensure top-of-the-line security for everyone.
08/18-21: Leading up to their second preseason game at Philadelphia, the Ravens traveled to the City of Brotherly Love for three days of practice at the NovaCare Center against the host Eagles.
09/13-10/26: Starting with a season-opening loss at Denver, five of Baltimore's first seven games of the 2015 campaign were on the road, with the Ravens dropping close contests at the Broncos, at Oakland, at San Francisco and at Arizona... The last time an NFL team opened the season playing five of its first seven games on the road was in 2000...That team – 16 years prior – was the eventual Super Bowl XXXV-winning Ravens...Following the Sept. 13 game at Denver, the Ravens traveled to San Jose, CA, where they stayed and practiced for an entire week at San Jose State leading up to a Week 2 matchup with the Raiders in Oakland...Baltimore also held the Saturday pre-game walk-through at Stanford University's football stadium.
11/22: S Ed Reed, the Ravens' all-time leader in interceptions (61) and NFL's all-time record-holder in INT return yards (1,590) was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of the 16-13 win over St. Louis.
12/22: For their 2015 season production, four Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: LS Morgan Cox (first, who was selected in January as a "need" player), OLB Elvis Dumervil (fifth, who was added as an alternate in January), P Sam Koch (first) and G Marshal Yanda (fifth)...Each player represented the Ravens in Hawaii on Jan. 31, 2016.
01/03: The Ravens concluded their 5-11 season with a 24-16 defeat at Cincinnati...Baltimore played an NFL-record 14 games decided by 8 points or fewer (tied, 1994 NYG) and posted an NFL-high (tied, Chi.) seven games decided by 3 points or fewer (4-3 record)...Baltimore had 20 players on Injured Reserve (the NFL's second most), including eight starters, with 12 starters missing a combined 71 games... Additionally, the Ravens played four different starting QBs (Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Jimmy Clausen & Ryan Mallett) for the first time in franchise history.
01/16: Ted Marchibroda (below right), former head coach of the Baltimore Colts and the first head coach in Baltimore Ravens history, passed away peacefully at his home in Virginia at the age of 84...Marchibroda spent 12 seasons as an NFL head coach, including time with the Baltimore Colts (1975-79), Indianapolis Colts (1992-95) and Baltimore Ravens (1996-98)...Stated Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome: "Ted is a founding father of the Ravens. He was a tremendous competitor and a tough man with a gentle soul. In a way, he set the Ravens' path. He wanted players who owned what he called 'a football temperament.' Those are players who love all aspects of the game – the mental part, lifting weights, practice and the physicality. That eventually became what we now call 'Playing Like a Raven.' Ted taught me more about football. He was classy in every way."
03/18: CB Tray Walker, a 2015 fourth-round draft selection, passed away following a serious motorbike accident in Southeast Florida...Walker was involved in the accident on March 17...On March 26, approximately 45 members of the Ravens organization – teammates, coaches and front office staff – joined Walker's family and friends at the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church to celebrate his life. Said head coach John Harbaugh: "Tray was a young man with a good and kind heart. He was humble and loved everything about being part of the Ravens' team. He loved his teammates, the practice and the preparation, and that showed every day. He was coachable, did his most to improve and worked to become the best. I'll never forget that smile."
05/10: For the first time since 2002, the Ravens returned to natural grass on the playing field of M&T Bank Stadium... Baltimore grounds crews removed the artificial Shaw Sports Turf in February and began laying sod in the stadium in early May. "To me, [playing on grass is] Baltimore," John Harbaugh stated. "It epitomizes what Baltimore is all about, the history of football in Baltimore. A Baltimore football team should be playing on a grass field, ultimately. It's a recognition of that. I like the grass. I think it's the AFC North, it's the Baltimore Ravens – it just seems right."
09/17: At the age of 65, Clarence Brooks, the Ravens' longest-tenured assistant coach, passed away at a hospital in Weston, Fla., following a battle with esophageal and stomach cancer...The beloved Brooks – referred to by most as "C.B." – originally joined the organization in 2005 and served 11 seasons as defensive line coach...The following day (9/18), Baltimore played at Cleveland and rallied from 20 points down to beat the Browns, 25-20.
11/06: With the Ravens' 21-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach John Harbaugh (81) surpassed Brian Billick (80) for the most regular season wins by a head coach in team history.
11/10: Baltimore debuted an all-purple uniform as part of the NFL's "Color Rush" game for the Week 10 matchup against the Cleveland Browns...The Ravens won, 28-7, in a game that was played on Thursday Night Football at M&T Bank Stadium...Unlike the purple jerseys the Ravens typically wear, the Color Rush uniforms displayed gold numbers and stripes on the pants.
11/20: With 93,056 fans watching at Dallas' AT&T Stadium, the Ravens played in front of the largest crowd in their franchise's history...The Cowboys emerged victorious, however, 27-17.
12/20: For their 2016 season production, seven Ravens earned Pro Bowl honors: LS Morgan Cox (second, who was selected in January as a "need" player), FB Kyle Juszczyk (first), LB C.J. Mosley (second), K Justin Tucker (second), S Eric Weddle (fourth, who was added as an alternate in January), G Marshal Yanda (sixth) and C Jeremy Zuttah (first, who was added as an alternate in January)...These players represented the Ravens in Orlando on Jan. 29, 2017.
01/01: For the 12th time in the past 14 seasons, the Ravens boasted a Top 10 defense and became one of three teams – Den. & Sea. – to finish ranked in the NFL's Top 10 in each of the past three years (2014-16)...The Ravens' defense ranked seventh overall (322.1 ypg) after the team played its final game of the season at Cincinnati (27-10 defeat) on New Year's Day.
Additionally, WR Steve Smith Sr. played in the final game of his storied 16-year NFL career, capping one of the greatest runs by a receiver in league history...Smith Sr. finished with the seventh-most receiving yards (14,731) in NFL history and with 1,031 receptions (12th in league annals).
Producing arguably the best season ever by a kicker, All-Pro K Justin Tucker connected on 38 of 39 FGAs (lone miss was a block), posting the fifth-best percentage in NFL single-season history...In addition to making 35-straight FGs at one point (tied for the fifth-best streak ever), Tucker's 38 FGs ranked No. 1 in the league, while an NFL single-season record 24 of his 38 FGs came from 40 yards or beyond.
01/13: David Modell, the son of Art, passed away after battling cancer for almost two years. Modell, 55, served as president of the Ravens from the team's beginning in 1996 through the Super Bowl XXXV championship in 2000 and continued in that capacity until 2004. From the selection of the team name and colors, to the move to M&T Bank Stadium in 1998, to the hiring of Brian Billick, David coordinated the efforts as team president. His fingerprints are still present on many of what have become Ravens favorites and traditions.
01/31: The Ravens announced a three-year, approximately $120 million self-funded investment that will enhance the fan experience at M&T Bank Stadium...Improvements include new 4K ultra-high definition video displays, escalators and elevators to the upper deck, a new sound system, upgraded kitchen facilities and club level enhancements...In January, the Ravens also launched a $45 million construction project to upgrade their Owings Mills training facility (the Under Armour Performance Center).