It's a tale of last rides and inspired beginnings, of loss and the will to fight on, of hopes rising, falling and rising again.
Like many a dramatic yarn, it has spun back to the place where it started. And now, it's time for the Ravens to tell us how the story ends.
Running back Ray Rice calls them a team of destiny, and it's easy to see why he might think so given everything the Ravens have been through over the past 12 months — the injuries to key players, the untimely losses of one player's younger brother, the wild swings in on-field momentum, the coming retirement of their public face and private motivator, Ray Lewis.
All of that and yet they'll be back in...