Ravens season in review

Week 1

Ravens 17, Bengals 10: The Joe Flacco era got off to a good start as the rookie from Delaware ran for a 38-yard touchdown and provided a key block on another in his NFL debut.

Week 2

Ravens vs. Texans: Postponed because of Hurricane Ike

Week 3

Ravens 28, Browns 10: The Ravens turned two of Browns quarterback Derek Anderson's interceptions into touchdowns during a 50-second span of the third quarter.

Week 4

Steelers 23, Ravens 20, OT: The Steelers turned the game around in 15 seconds in this Monday Night Football classic. Trailing 13-3 at the half, the Steelers scored on a 38-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes with 4:09 left in the third quarter. On the first play after the kickoff, Flacco fumbled while being sacked and LaMarr Woodley picked up the ball and scored.

Week 5

Titans 13, Ravens 10: The big play was a controversial personal foul against Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs for hitting Titans quarterback Kerry Collins on the helmet.

Week 6

Colts 31, Ravens 3: Flacco threw an interception on the third play of the game, botched a handoff, was sacked four times and needed more than a quarter to produce a first down.

Week 7

Ravens 27, Dolphins 13: The Ravens ended a three-game losing streak as Suggs scored on an interception return in Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's return to Miami.

Week 8

Ravens 29, Raiders 10: Using their version of the single wing, called the "Suggs Package" by coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens put Troy Smith at QB and used Flacco as a receiver.

Week 9

Ravens 37, Browns 27: After Matt Stover's third field goal gave the Ravens a 30-27 lead with 5:36 left, Anderson threw the ball to Suggs, who went untouched into the end zone.

Week 10

Ravens 41, Texans 13: The Ravens blew the game open with 22 points in the fourth quarter. The game was scheduled for Week 2, but Hurricane Ike forced it to be postponed.

Week 11

Giants 30, Ravens 10: Entering the game with the NFL's toughest run defense, the Ravens were trampled by the defending Super Bowl champion Giants, who rushed for 207 yards.

Week 12

Ravens 36, Eagles 7: The Ravens made four interceptions, two by Ed Reed, including one he took back 107 yards for a touchdown, breaking his NFL record.

Week 13

Ravens 34, Bengals 3: The Ravens' Mark Clayton caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Flacco and threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to fellow receiver Derrick Mason.

Week 14

Ravens 24, Redskins 10: In a game that was moved to 8:15p.m., the Ravens' defense again came up big. Reed had an interception that led to a TD and returned a fumble for a TD.

Week 15

Steelers 13, Ravens 9: The Steelers scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to clinch the AFC North title and pin the Ravens' hopes on a wild-card berth. The key play was Holmes' 4-yard TD catch from Roethlisberger with 43 seconds left that was replayed, reviewed and debated for days afterward. Did Holmes possess the ball across the plane of the goal line?

Week 16

Ravens 33, Cowboys 24: The Ravens sent Texas Stadium packing with fireworks - a 77-yard touchdown run by Willis McGahee and an 82-yard touchdown run by Le'Ron McClain.

Week 17

Ravens 27, Jaguars 7: A year after finishing 5-11, missing the playoffs and seeing coach Brian Billick fired, the Ravens clinched a spot in the playoffs with a convincing win.

Week 18

Ravens 27, Dolphins 9: The Ravens' winning formula - ball-control offense and game-changing defense - was on display in Miami as Reed returned an interception 64yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead. The Ravens never let the Dolphins get closer than a touchdown the rest of the game as the defense forced five turnovers, including two interceptions by Reed.

Week 19

Ravens 13, Titans 10: Stover's 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds left lifted the Ravens past the Titans and into the AFC championship game. The Ravens had just enough offense - Flacco was 11-for-22 for 161 yards and one touchdown - and didn't commit any turnovers. The Ravens' defense forced the Titans into three turnovers - two big fumbles and an interception - in Ravens territory.

Sources: Associated Press, NFL Network and Baltimore Sun archives

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