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.
January 27, 2005 |
Running back Jamal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens was sentenced Wednesday to four months in prison for using a cellphone to try to set up a cocaine deal about 4 1/2 years ago. The penalty, worked out with prosecutors in October, should allow Lewis to return to the Ravens well before the start of the 2005 season. He also will spend two months in a halfway house and perform 500 hours of community service after his prison term.
November 24, 2003 |
So this is where de-evolution had taken the city of Baltimore and its once peerless quarterbacking position -- from Johnny Unitas to Bert Jones to (after a lengthy intermission) Vinny Testaverde to Tony Banks to Trent Dilfer to Elvis Grbac to Kyle Boller to, alas, on this sad Sunday in late 2003, yes, sorry to say, Anthony Wright. One minute before halftime, Wright had managed to help the Ravens put nothing more than a field goal on the scoreboard. What could the Ravens expect?
October 7, 2002 |
Ray Lewis couldn't do anything but watch--and wince--as the Cleveland Browns rallied. For the second time in six days, Lewis made a national TV game his own prime-time special as the Baltimore Ravens built a big lead and held on for a 26-21 victory Sunday night. But when his teammates needed their star linebacker the most, Lewis couldn't help them. He hurt his left shoulder late in the third quarter and did not return. "I was cheering on the sideline," Lewis said.
November 14, 2001 |
The Tennessee Titans celebrated what they believed was a last-second victory against the defending Super Bowl champions. Instead, the Titans were done in by a do-over. In one of the wackiest NFL finishes of the year, the Titans trailed, 16-10, as they drove down the field in the closing seconds against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
July 6, 2001 |
Trent Dilfer never expected to make history this way. But here he is, a man without a team, the guy who went from Disney World to no-man's land in a matter of weeks. Dilfer is the only starting quarterback in NFL history who was released after leading his team, the Baltimore Ravens, to victory in the Super Bowl. John Elway didn't play after his Denver Broncos won it in 1999 but that was his choice. He retired.
March 2, 2001 |
With the NFL free-agent signing period beginning today, the Washington Redskins' 2000 blueprint is not in demand. The Redskins designed what amounted to a lavish home with every amenity but a lock for the front door: They signed high-profile stars but no quality kicker, lost too many close games and went from preseason Super Bowl favorites to watching the playoffs on TV.
January 30, 2001 |
One day after the Giants' meltdown, quarterback Kerry Collins disclosed he separated his right shoulder during the third quarter. "I wasn't coming out, though," Collins said Monday. Collins said Sam Adams, one of the Ravens' 300-pound plus defensive linemen, fell on him with his "full weight," causing the injury. After the game, teammate Michael Strahan walked up to Collins and gave him a hug. It was a thank you from the defensive end for getting the team to the Super Bowl.