Ed Reed: The top 5 memorable games from his career
By Mike Reid
2. 2008: Week 11 vs Philadelphia Eagles
In a 22-7 game the Eagles were on the Ravens 1-yard line and trailing. With about 7 minutes left, a touchdown could have made it a one possession game. On 2nd down they tried a play-action pass and Kevin Kolb fired into the back of the endzone and sure enough Ed Reed was reading the play the whole way and under cut the pass. Picking it off as his raced out of the end zone, he juked out Kolb and Brian Westbrook and broke away from one last Eagles player and crossed the goal line.
Lightning strikes twice as Ed Reed breaks his own interception return record with his 107 yard game-braking play. This will probably go down as Reed’s signature play for a lot of people. In the biggest moment of the game and when the Ravens needed a play the most, Ed Reed came through. Of course, in true Ed Reed fashion, he broke his own record in the process.
1. 2013: Super Bowl 47 vs San Fransisco 49ers
Even with all the unbelievable plays Ed Reed made, the top moment of his career is his picture above of the last time his put a Ravens uniform on. The legendary safety getting his ring and winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens was an easy number one moment. Reed was in his twilight of his career at the time, so this wasn’t a game where Reed dominated and made the game-breaking play. However, just like he was his whole career, Ed was in the right place at the right time for some key moments of the game.
In the middle of the 2nd quarter the 49ers were down 14-3. On the 2nd play of the drive, Kaepernick overthrew Randy Moss and Ed Reed was of course in the right spot and able to make the interception. Halting the drive and keeping the momentum with the Ravens. Everyone knows how the rest of the game went and ended. On the 4th down play of the goal-line stand for the Ravens, Kaepernick’s pass sailed out-of-bounds while Ed Reed sprinted to the corner of the end zone. What was his final play as a Raven, Reed was in the right place if a play was needed to be made.
The lasting imagines of Ed Reed in a Ravens uniform is him holding up that Lombardi Trophy and singing “Two tickets in Paradise” at the Super Bowl parade. Reed’s Hall of Fame career will never be duplicated and it was truly an honor being able to watch him play. I, like many Ravens fans, will never forget watching Ed Reed make a game changing play when his team needed it the most.