Jan. 2, 2000: Patriots 20, Ravens 3

The Ravens had been knocked out of playoff contention the previous week, but this desultory performance hurt because it threw the franchise into a temporary identity crisis. Were the Ravens the team that had won four straight down the stretch behind a developing core of young talent? Or were they the turnover-prone mediocrity that couldn't muster any offense against a reeling New England squad? As it turned out, the loss was not a dark portent for the next season, when the Ravens won the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000004" title="Super Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/super-bowl-EVSPR000004.topic">Super Bowl</a>.<br>
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<i>Pictured above, Priest Holmes is stopped near the goal line by Patriots safety Lawyer Milloy.</i>

( Baltimore Sun photo by John Makely )

The Ravens had been knocked out of playoff contention the previous week, but this desultory performance hurt because it threw the franchise into a temporary identity crisis. Were the Ravens the team that had won four straight down the stretch behind a developing core of young talent? Or were they the turnover-prone mediocrity that couldn't muster any offense against a reeling New England squad? As it turned out, the loss was not a dark portent for the next season, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Pictured above, Priest Holmes is stopped near the goal line by Patriots safety Lawyer Milloy.

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Jeff Zrebiec has been with The Sun since 2000 and covered the Orioles from 2005 through 2011. A New Jersey native, he was a 2001 graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore. He also has covered University of Maryland basketball and college lacrosse during his time with The Sun.

Aaron Wilson joined The Baltimore Sun in August 2012 after 11 years at the Carroll County Times. He's entering his 12th year on the Ravens' beat. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. Wilson attended East Carolina University.

Mike Preston has been with The Baltimore Sun since 1983. Prior to becoming a columnist in 2000, he covered the Ravens for four years. Preston is a native of Essex and a graduate of Towson State University, where he played football.

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