Sun coverage: Remember when?
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis dives over the Steelers' defensive line and safety Troy Polamalu (43) for a fourth-quarter touchdown Dec. 24, 2006, at Heinz Field. (Baltimore Sun file photo / December 24, 2006)
January 16, 2009
The last time the Ravens won in Pittsburgh was Dec. 24, 2006. It was a big victory for the Ravens. They clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC and moved within a game of receiving a bye for the first round of the playoffs. It was the Ravens' first win at Heinz Field since 2001. And it wasn't just any win. The Ravens hammered the Steelers, 31-7, and officially eliminated them from defending their Super Bowl championship by knocking them out of the playoff race.
January 9, 2009
The Ravens had this Oct. 5 game in their grasp until referee Bill Carollo waved his yellow hanky and called Ravens defensive-end linebacker Terrell Suggs for a controversial roughing-the-passer penalty. The penalty erased a false start on the Titans and gave them a first down, keeping the game-winning drive alive. Replays showed that Suggs hit Titans quarterback Kerry Collins more on the shoulder than on the helmet and that the contact looked incidental. Carollo was undeterred in calling the penalty that led to the 13-10 win for Tennessee.
December 26, 2008
The last time the Ravens played their final game of the regular season with a wild-card playoff berth on the line was Jan. 7, 2002. It also happened to be the first Monday Night Football game in Baltimore in more than two decades. The game was in January because it had been postponed after the Sept. 11 tragedy. The Ravens, defending Super Bowl champions, made sure they didn't miss the playoffs by hammering the Minnesota Vikings, 19-3.
December 19, 2008
The Ravens have not faced the Cowboys in Texas Stadium. So tomorrow night's final Cowboys game in the venerable sports venue will be the one and only for Baltimore. The last time the Ravens met the Cowboys was Nov. 21, 2004, at M&T Bank Stadium. At the time, the Ravens were 6-3 and the Cowboys were 3-6. When the dust cleared, the Ravens had a 30-10 victory, Kyle Boller was actually beginning to look like a quarterback and the team was 7-3 after 10 games for the first time in franchise history. Although the Steelers held a firm grip on the AFC North, a wild-card berth was not out of the question for the Ravens with six games remaining.
December 12, 2008
When the Ravens and Steelers square off Sunday with first place in the AFC North on the line, it won't be the first time the teams have met with the game having playoff implications. One of the more recent games occurred Dec. 26, 2004, in Pittsburgh. The Ravens (8-6 at the time) were trying to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Steelers (13-1 going into the game) were steamrollering to home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. The Steelers came out on top, 20-7, and the Ravens would need a miracle to make the playoffs. It didn't happen for the Ravens, who were 7-3 after 10 games.
December 5, 2008
Sunday night's game marks the first time the Redskins will play a regular-season game at M&T Bank Stadium. The Redskins and Ravens have met three times, all in Washington, with the Ravens holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The last time the teams met, Oct. 10, 2004, the Ravens pulled out a hard-fought 17-10 victory to claim the "Battle of the Beltways."
November 28, 2008
This game was the beginning of the end for coach Brian Billick in Baltimore. In their opener of the 2007 season in Cincinnati before a national Monday Night Football audience, the Ravens were battered and beaten. Coming off a 13-3 season, the Bengals dismantled the Ravens, 27-20, as quarterback Steve McNair turned the ball over four times (three lost fumbles and an interception).
November 21, 2008
There is no way the Philadelphia Eagles can afford a tie like Sunday's 13-13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Eagles were nearly double-digit favorites against the Bengals, but with an ineffective Donovan McNabb at quarterback, they could manage only the tie with one-win Cincinnati. On Nov. 17, 1997, at Memorial Stadium, the Eagles and Ravens played to a 10-10 tie in a regular-season game. Both teams entered the contest 4-6, but each missed field goals in overtime that would have won the game.
November 7, 2008
The Texans and Ravens spent as much time looking at weather radar screens as they did looking at video of their opponents during the week before the game scheduled for Sept. 14 at Reliant Stadium.
October 31, 2008
The Ravens have lost three of their past four games in Cleveland, but the last winning effort was one to remember. Kicker Matt Stover, the only remaining player from the Ravens' move from Cleveland, nailed a 52-yard field with 20 seconds left - the longest game-winner of his career - to give the Ravens a 15-14 victory on Sept. 24, 2006.
October 24, 2008
The largest crowd in Baltimore's pro football history showed up Sept.17, 2006, to see the Ravens dismantle the Oakland Raiders, 28-6. The Ravens' defense was at its dominant best, forcing six turnovers and sacking quarterback Andrew Walter - he wasn't even the starter; Aaron Brooks was - six times. All the Raiders could put on the scoreboard that day was two field goals. The Ravens improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2000.
October 17, 2008
Fans of the Ravens just might have the Miami Dolphins to thank for the firing of Brian Billick and the beginning of the John Harbaugh era this season. Dissatisfaction with Billick reached a new high when the Ravens lost to the previously 0-13 Dolphins, 22-16, on Dec.16 last season. The Dolphins, under first-year coach Cam Cameron, were able to avoid losing all 16 games. Cameron is now the offensive coordinator for the Ravens.
October 10, 2008
The last time the Ravens visited Indianapolis, the Colts still played in the RCA Dome and quarterback Peyton Manning was gunning for Dan Marino's record of 48touchdown passes in a season. Although the Ravens kept Manning from the 20-year-old record, they couldn't keep the Colts out of the win column Dec.19, 2004. The 20-10 victory was the Colts' seventh straight, and it dropped the Ravens into a four-way tie for the final AFC playoff spot. When the Ravens return to Indianapolis on Sunday, they will play in Lucas Oil Stadium, a retractable-roof stadium that opened Aug.14.
October 3, 2008
There was a time when the Ravens owned the Tennessee Titans. On Nov. 24, 2002, the Titans came to Baltimore with a 6-4 record and quarterback Steve McNair playing some of his best football. But the Ravens, behind strong special teams play and a solid defense, beat the Titans, 13-12, before an announced 69,365 at Ravens Stadium.
September 26, 2008
The last time a Ravens rookie head coach took his team to Pittsburgh, it worked out very well for Brian Billick.
September 12, 2008
The Ravens will be returning to Houston for the first time since playing the Texans in their inaugural season. We take a look back at the Ravens' 23-19 victory at Reliant Stadium on Dec. 15, 2002.
September 5, 2008
With the Ravens starting a rookie quarterback Sunday, we take a look at the last time a rookie started at quarterback -- Kyle Boller on Sept. 7, 2003, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 34-15 loss.
December 28, 2007
Eight years later, Justin Armour can picture the play: a 54-yard pass that he caught for a game-winning touchdown in overtime.
December 21, 2007
He was one cog in the Ravens' wheel of fortune, a role player who fit nicely on the most grudging defense in NFL history.
December 14, 2007
He might coach for the Washington Redskins, but not everything in Earnest Byner's home is bathed in burgundy and gold. A vase on the mantel commemorates Byner's induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor. A leather jacket in his closet bears the Ravens crest.
December 7, 2007
As a Raven, Ben Cavil was as big as a house. Now, he's selling them.
November 30, 2007
His name might not ring a bell, but Tony Vinson rang a few of his own among Ravens opponents during his two years in Baltimore.
November 23, 2007
He wore No. 19 and was the coach's hand-picked choice in 1999 to lead the Ravens upward.
November 16, 2007
Though center Steve Everitt played only one year with the Ravens, the legacy he left was a lulu. Everitt wore Megadeth T-shirts, had a blond ponytail and hosted a weekly radio show on 98 Rock on which he played heavy metal music.
November 9, 2007
His first NFL start was a doozy. Ten years ago, Ravens rookie Jay Graham rushed for 154 yards, slashing through the defense in an effort he'll never forget.
November 2, 2007
Harry Swayne's calling has always been the same: lead others to daylight.
October 19, 2007
Ten years ago, the curtain fell on Memorial Stadium. Fittingly, in the final pro football game played on 33rd Street, it was a strong-armed quarterback who brought down the house.
October 12, 2007
Four years later, Brian Kinchen still wonders: Was he dreaming, or did the New England Patriots really coax a washed-up player out of retirement to help them win the February 2004 Super Bowl?
October 5, 2007
He was a rebel, a flake, a misfit in a game that demands conformity. He showed up for work with bleached hair, a pierced tongue and a right leg that could whale the tar out of the football.
September 28, 2007
Michael Jackson might be running for public office, but the former Raven still talks like a football player.
September 21, 2007
Considered by most to be past his prime, he arrived in Baltimore, rejuvenated the ballclub and led his team to a championship. Frank Robinson did it for the Orioles. Rod Woodson did it for the Ravens.
September 14, 2007
About 10 quarterbacks ago, the Ravens handed the job to Stoney Case. He was tall and good-looking, with a slew of college records -- a poster boy for the young franchise.
September 7, 2007
His name seemed a fitting allusion to what he did on the field. For two years, fullback Sam Gash cleared paths for Ravens running backs, bulldozed would-be tacklers and sprang Jamal Lewis and Terry Allen for sometimes hefty chunks of yardage.
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