Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs with the ball during the game against the New York Jets at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
7. J.O. Goes to Canton
Who knew the Ravens’ first-ever draft pick would eventually have a bust in Canton. Big Jonathan Ogden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ogden was the general of the Ravens offensive line for 12 seasons. He was a consensus All-Rookie selection in 1996. In his second season, Ogden was named a first-team All-Pro selection. He would go on to receive the honor five more times in his career. Ogden was also named to 11 Pro Bowls.
Ogden played in 177 games in his career and was selected as a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He is a member of the Ravens’ Ring of Honor as well.
J.O. was not only a leader on the field, but in the locker room, which is why he was so respected all around the league.
6. 4th & 29 Miracle
Trailing the San Diego Chargers by three with less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Ravens lined up for a fourth-and-29. Everyone, even Ravens fans, thought the game was all but over.
The ball is snapped, Joe Flacco drops backs, and exhausts all of his options. With no one able to create space deep, Flacco checks the ball down to running back Ray Rice. Rice runs upfield, makes a cut to avoid several defenders, and plunges through a couple more for a remarkable attempt to reach the first down marker.
At first glance, it was hard to tell if Rice had actually converted the play into the first down. Hey, maybe it was a generous spot, but all that matters is what the refs saw and called.
The Ravens went on to tie the game with a field goal and eventually win the game in overtime with another clutch boot.
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5. Jamal Lewis Breaks Single-Game Rushing Record
Whenever a record goes down, it is an unforgettable moment. Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis had his chance to shine on September 14, 2003.
On this date, Lewis put on a career performance against the division-rival Cleveland Browns, rushing for 295 yards and two touchdowns on just 30 rush attempts. The 295 yards broke Corey Dillon‘s previously-held single-game record of 278 yards.
Adrian Peterson eventually broke Lewis’ record in 2007, rushing for 296 yards against the Chargers. However, Lewis still hold the Ravens record for yards in a single game.
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