The Baltimore Ravens who play in the AFC North Division of the American Football Conference are one of the youngest franchises in the NFL playing their 1st NFL game on 1st September 1996, beating the Oakland Raiders, 19-14, in front of a crowd of 64,124. Despite this good start the Ravens finished the season 4-12 and it took them five seasons to achieve a winning season, and what a season it was.
In the 2000 season Baltimore finished with a 12-4 record and second place in the AFC Central behind the Tennessee Titans, thanks largely to an immense defensive performance only conceding 165 points in 16 games, which is still a record. In the playoffs the defence again stood firm and the Ravens swept past Denver, Tennessee and Oakland conceding only 16 more points in the three post season games to set up a Super Bowl game against the New York Giants. Another impressive defensive performance gave Baltimore a 34-7 win and the accolade of winning the biggest prize in Pro Football after only five seasons in existence.
The team has had some success in subsequent seasons and having finally acquired a potential franchise Quarter Back in Joe Flacco look well placed to build on the considerable success they have gained in their comparatively short history.
Baltimore Ravens Honours
Super Bowl Winners
- 2000 (XXXV)
- AFC 2000
- AFC North: 2003, 2006
Playoff appearances (6)
- 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009