December 4, 2007 |
BALTIMORE -- The New England Patriots, pushing for the first undefeated season by an NFL team in 35 years, marched into Baltimore on Monday night and nearly ended up with a bruised ego and an embarrassing loss. Thanks to willpower and sheer luck, the Patriots defeated the Ravens, 27-24, and walked off with their 12th straight victory. Behind, 24-20, with less than three minutes left, Tom Brady methodically marched the Patriots into a bind.
November 25, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens are in the same boat. And it's taking on water. One season after they were among the best teams in the NFL, the Chargers (5-5) and Ravens (4-6) are in danger of drifting into irrelevant seas. They play today at Qualcomm Stadium, and the loser could have a difficult time reaching the playoffs. San Diego had an NFL-best record of 14-2 last season, and Baltimore was 13-3.
November 6, 2007 |
PITTSBURGH -- On a night when the Pittsburgh Steelers brought back some of the greatest players in their 75-year history -- Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Joe Greene, Jerome Bettis and others -- the club also treated the Baltimore Ravens to another blast from the past. The Ben Roethlisberger of old.
September 1, 2007 |
Back when he was a big-time college football coach, Rick Neuheisel used to relish that slow walk on the field on game day. "I was never a coach to be the first out of the tunnel," said Neuheisel, the onetime UCLA quarterback who later was head coach at Colorado and Washington. "I always wanted the players to come out running. I kind of walked out at the end and took it all in. Then, I'd go over to the sidelines, get my headset and say, 'All right, boys, let's get 'er done.'
January 17, 2007 |
Rick Neuheisel completed his fourth season in football limbo Saturday, doing so in relative anonymity here, along the sidelines of a field in a stadium filled with more than 71,000 purple-clad people.
January 14, 2007 |
As expected, a vaunted defense made the difference here Saturday in the AFC playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes, gave up only 83 yards rushing and 161 passing and did not give up a touchdown in their 15-6 win. The Colts? Yes, this was supposed to be the other way around. The mean, nasty, angry defense of the Baltimore Ravens, ranked No.
January 13, 2007 |
Friday was Purple Day at the Woodbrook Early Education Center. Children age 2 to 5 came dressed in the color of Baltimore's pro football team, the Ravens, who have an NFL playoff game here today against the Indianapolis Colts. One of the teachers at Woodbrook, Chris Bollinger, said, "We don't say the Ravens are playing the Colts. We say they are playing Indianapolis." Bollinger is a mother of four and a grandmother of four.
January 9, 2007 |
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning has acquired a can't-win-the-big-one reputation because the Colts have been bounced from the playoffs several times when they were favored to win. But this Saturday, Manning and Co. will be underdogs at Baltimore against the Ravens' intimidating defense. Manning, who had three passes intercepted in the Colts' wild-card victory over Kansas City, is still looking for his first road playoff victory since Jan. 11, 2004 -- another Colts victory over the Chiefs.
January 8, 2007 |
Johnny Unitas, legendary quarterback of the Baltimore Colts years before that organization scurried off to Indianapolis, once famously told his adopted Baltimore Ravens: "I'm not you, but I'm certainly not them." After Unitas died in 2002, the Ravens honored him with a larger-than-life bronze statue outside M&T Bank Stadium. As fans enter for home games, they routinely touch his high-top cleats for good luck.
November 26, 2006 |
They fiddled and fussed, tweaked and tinkered, and finally the Baltimore Ravens found the answer to their offensive troubles. It took only 7 1/2 years. That's how long Coach Brian Billick waited to start calling the plays, something he did so effectively in the late 1990s as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, a team that set the NFL single-season scoring record.