Counting down the Top 10 moments at Ravens stadium: No. 9

The Ravens' downtown stadium, which is currently called M&T Bank Stadium, is celebrating its 10th season of existence. Starting today, we're going to look at the Top 10 moments in its history, listing two each day.

9. First Prime-Time Game. Sept. 27, 1998


In his first NFL start, running back Priest Holmes rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals before a national television audience on ESPN.

It marked the first home prime-time game in Ravens history as well as the first victory on national television since the franchise relocated to Baltimore.


The Ravens rose to the occasion, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the first half.

But the Bengals came back and had a chance to win the game at the end. They had driven as far as the Ravens' 32-yard line, but Ravens cornerback Rod Woodson knocked down a short pass intended for receiver Darnay Scott on a fourth-and-one with 1:46 left.

"This was a big win for us," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said. "We finally got our offense going and we had a balanced attack. The way we ran the football tonight, I think we've found our halfback."

By the end of the first quarter, Priest Holmes had rushed for 88 yards, more than any Ravens running back had gained in the previous three games that season. Holmes got the start at running back over Errict Rhett and Jay Graham, who shared the starting job in the preseason and first three games.

Jermaine Lewis also had two touchdowns, scoring on a 73-yard reception and an 87-yard punt return.

After the game, Lewis stood outside the interview room, yelling to Holmes: "You shocked the world, baby! You shocked the world!"