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Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3. 2012 schedule

Harbaugh and the Ravens finished first in the AFC North in 2012, which earned them a fifth straight trip to the playoffs. What made this particular season so special, other than the fact that it was their second time hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in their franchise history, was how they got there.

After Ray Lewis announced his retirement at the start of the postseason, that seemed to spark some magical motivation amongst the team, which got them past the Indianapolis Colts in the first round rather easily. However, the odds weren’t on their side when they went up against the Denver Broncos in their high altitude environment. Not only would they win in Denver on a miraculous touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones with just seconds left to play, but they would also go on to defeat the Patriots in New England’s hostile environment the very next game.

And the icing on the cake had to be when the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, a game that was almost derailed by a power outage just as Baltimore had built up some momentum. However, they were still able to hold on for what ended up being a fairytale ending to a great season.

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