Ravens: Top 30 Moments in Team History
Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (L) and wide receiver Kamar Aiken (11) celebrate while leaving the field after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Ravens won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
December 28, 2003 – Ravens clinch their First AFC North divisional title with a 10-6 record
Up to this moment, the Baltimore Ravens had their share of successes. Just prior to their 8th year of existence, the Ravens had three winning seasons. One of those seasons included a Super Bowl win following a 12-4 record in 2000. However, there was one accomplishment that the Ravens had yet to experience – winning their division.
Just a year prior, the NFL realigned the divisions of both the AFC and NFC conferences. For the Ravens this saw the familiar faces of the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars be aligned with the newly formed AFC South. This left the Ravens with three other familiar franchises they had been competing with since their inception – the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Cleveland Browns.
In their first year in the AFC North, the Ravens recorded a mere seven wins and found themselves third in the division. The following year, they made their mark in what has become one of the very best divisions in the NFL.
That year, Jamal Lewis ran for 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns (setting an NFL record). The Ravens scored a comeback win against the Seattle Seahawks after trailing 41-24 in week 12. Jamal Lewis was named Offensive Player of the Year, Ray Lewis became the Defensive Player of the Year, and Terrell Suggs was the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
And it all came together as the Baltimore Ravens made a name for themselves in the division as competitors by clinching their first AFC North title after an overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 17.
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