2. 2000 : 12-4 Record, Super Bowl Champions
With the best defense of all-time, and Trent Dilfer at quarterback, the Ravens won their first Super Bowl in just their fifth season in the NFL.
Drafting Jamal Lewis in the first round and signing Shannon Sharpe proved to be huge difference makers during the season.
The Ravens’ defense was one for the ages, allowing the fewest points per game and total points in NFL history, with Ray Lewis winning the Defensive Player of the Year award as well.
Nobody could score on the Ravens, but the Ravens couldn’t score on anybody either. The offense was absolutely horrible in 2000, going five consecutive games without scoring an offensive touchdown. However, when Dilfer took the reins the offense suddenly came to life. The Ravens ended the season winning seven straight, and took the AFC’s wild card spot.
The Ravens dominated the Denver Broncos in the wildcard game, winning 21-3. They next faced the #1 seeded Tennessee Titans. The game was a battle throughout, with a Ray Lewis pick-six eventually putting the game out of reach. The Ravens won 24-10. The AFC Championship resulted in the Ravens traveling to Oakland to take on the Raiders. A 96-yard touchdown catch by Shannon Sharpe and an injury to Raiders’ quarterback Rich Gannon made a big difference, as the Ravens won 16-3.
Super Bowl XXXV was a beatdown from the very start. Brandon Stokley got the party started with a 38-yard touchdown catch and the Ravens never looked back. Kerry Collins and the Giants couldn’t do anything against the top ranked Baltimore defense. The Ravens’ Duane Starks had a pick-six and Jermaine Lewis returned a kickoff for a touchdown as the Ravens easily won 34-7. The Ravens were the Champions of the World.
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