Baltimore Ravens: Top 5 game winning plays of all time
1. Torrey Smith caps a 92 yard drive in Pittsburgh:
The Baltimore Ravens had to march 92 yards down the field to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game was in Pittsburgh. The Ravens had a chance to sweep the Steelers after losing to the Steelers in the playoffs the prior season. Like most Ravens vs. Steelers games it held huge implications in the race for the division title. No pressure right? Well imagine being a Torrey Smith as a rookie in that moment. Imagine dropping a game winning touchdown pass and having another chance at it a few plays later. Could you have dealt with this pressure? Luckily for the 2011 Ravens, Smith stepped up and made the catch.
In all the dramatic moments between the Ravens and the Steelers, this may have been the most tense Ravens fans have ever been. The Steelers came back and took the lead late. It was a breaking point. The Ravens had to stop letting this happen. They had to take control of the division and they had to do it in Pittsburgh. The Ravens would end up winning back to back AFC North titles so this was a huge moment in Ravens history.
For this list we looked only at regular season game winners. However this catch by Torrey Smith felt like a playoff game winning catch. It felt bigger than just one win. It was an emotional moment and it is easily the most memorable play of Smith’s career with the Ravens. Explaining the weight of this moment is hard to do. It’s not up there with the Jacoby Jones Hail Mary against the Broncos but that’s about the one play that can top what this one meant for the Ravens.
The Ravens have had some great game winning plays in the franchise history. Look at the names on this list. Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith. Ray Lewis. Ed Reed, Justin Tucker. Shannon Sharpe. That’s pretty elite company. Those are the names you absolutely expect to be involved in a list like this.