The Ravens broke the NFL’s single-season team rushing record in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
A 9-yard run by second-year back Gus Edwards gave the Ravens 3,171 rushing yards for the season, breaking the previous record of 3,165 yards, set by the 1978 New England Patriots.
The team finished with 223 rushing yards, the ninth time this season they have recorded over 200 yards in a game, and ended the regular season with 3,296 rushing yards.
“That’s like Joe DiMaggio’s record,” coach John Harbaugh said after the game, referencing the New York Yankees legend’s 56-game hitting streak in the 1941 season.
The Ravens ran the ball on their first nine offensive plays and compiled 89 rushing yards in the first quarter. A 38-yard run by Edwards put the team within 4 yards of the record. Edwards, starting in place for Mark Ingram II, rushed for a career-high 130 yards on 21 carries.
“I was trying not to think about [the record] all week, but it was in the back of my mind because it’s something that hasn’t been broken since the 80′s,” Edwards said. “That’s going to be the goal next year, to break it again.”
The Ravens are also the only team in NFL history average 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards per game in a single season. Entering Week 17, the team was averaging a league-high 204.9 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry while passing for 209.6 yards per game.
>> Harbaugh said he was “very pleased” that the team signed cornerback Marcus Peters to a reported three-year contract extension.
“Matter of fact, so pleased that when I got to the team meeting last night just after it had been announced, I gave him a big hug, and the whole team cheered,” Harbaugh said. “But that’s just the beginning. That will be something that [general manager] Eric [DeCosta] and [executive vice president] Ozzie [Newsome] continue to work on, and there will be more guys we sign, too.”
>> For the fourth consecutive season, kicker Justin Tucker scored exactly 141 points, tying the franchise’s single-season scoring record.