3. Ed Reed breaks a record against the Cleveland Browns:
This is a moment I have definitely written about before but it never gets old does it? Plus, how could you do this list without Ed Reed’s 106 yard interception return to beat the Browns? That would be like listing the top Led Zepplin songs without naming “Stairway to Heaven.” This play was clutch as all get out which makes it one of the more memorable plays from Reed’s highlight reel of a carer. This is also from 2004, the year Reed won the NFL Defensive Player of the year award. Serious question though, how did he win that award only once?
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Here’s what happened. The Browns are driving down the field. If they score a touchdown they win unless the Ravens can come up with a miracle with little time left. The Browns needed a touchdown and an extra point to take a 1 point lead. Instead the Ravens got a touchdown and put the game away. Reed caught a tipped pass in the end zone and ran down the sideline for the 106 yard interception return. At the time it was the longest interception return in NFL history and it was basically a walk off interception. What was starting to look like a comeback win for the Browns turned into a 27-13 win for the Ravens. The fact that Reed broke this record again in 2008 makes this an even more notable pick six.
There was no way that this list could have not had the greatest safety in the history of football. There was just no way Reed could have been left off the list. Reed was one of the most clutch players ever. It felt like if the Ravens really needed a big play in a big moment, Reed was going to give it to them. Loving Ed Reed was always one of the easier parts of being a member of the Ravens Flock, wasn’t it?