BIRDS HOUSE: Mindzak’s Top Five Ravens plays

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On Saturday, during their AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens pulled off one of the most amazing plays ever during their overtime victory.

Considering they pulled off a fourth and 29 earlier this year, that’s saying a lot.

Baltimore has had quite a few amazing plays, but with this most recent one, let’s take a quick look at the top five plays in Ravens’ history.

The Flacco Fling
The most recent was one of the most memorable plays not only in Baltimore history, but NFL history. The game itself was a heavyweight match with both the Denver Broncos and Ravens going back and forth, giving each other their best shot.

With only 31 seconds remaining in regulation and with no timeouts, Baltimore found themselves sitting on their 30, on third-and-3.

Flacco then avoided the rush, stepped up in the pocket, and heaved the ball down the right sideline.

Somehow, the coverage wasn’t deep enough, and the ball found its way into the hands of Jacoby Jones, who then raced into the end zone to tie the game.

Baltimore would go on to win the game in the second overtime on a Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal, sending the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game.

Fourth and 29
This one could also be filed under “Hey Diddle Diddle Ray Rice up the Middle.”

With the Ravens trailing by three points with less than two minutes left in the game, they found themselves at their own 37 yard line and staring at fourth-and-29. Baltimore was also looking at their three-game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of the San Diego Chargers.

Flacco dumped the ball off to running back Ray Rice who proceeded to run up the middle to gain exactly 29 yards on the play.

With the official review barely giving Baltimore the first down, the Ravens went in and kicked a game-tying field goal before getting the game winner in overtime, winning 16-13.

Their week 12 win against the Chargers during the 2012 regular season was one of the more memorable games of the year.

Jermaine Lewis Has an Answer
During Baltimore’s win against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, Baltimore held a 17-7 lead, but New York had just scored on a 97-yard kickoff return, giving the Giants some momentum.

Lewis had an answer for that. On the ensuing kickoff, Lewis took it back 84 yards for the score and put the game out of reach as Baltimore went on to win 34-7.

Torrey Smith Hauls in Game Winner Against Pittsburgh
It’s no surprise that the Ravens don’t like the Steelers. During a game on November 6, 2011, Baltimore was leading 16-6 as the game headed into the fourth quarter before Pittsburgh mounted a comeback.

Using the home crowd to their advantage, Pittsburgh came storming back as they scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 20-16 lead.

Then, with 2:24 left in the game and the ball at their own eight yard line, Joe Flacco started the comeback. Flacco completed seven passes during that drive with the last one finding Torrey Smith for the go-ahead touchdown with only 14 second left.

Baltimore would go on to win 23-20 against their bitter rivals.

Rice and the Ravens Hurt the Patriots
These teams met back on January 10, 2010, for a Wild Card playoff game in Foxboro.

There was no drama; Ray Rice took care of that on the first play from scrimmage.

After New England kicked off, Baltimore started their drive at their own 17 yard line.  Rice took the first hand-off from Joe Flacco and rushed right up the middle for 83 yards and the score, as Baltimore went up early and for good.

The Ravens would go on to win the game 33-14, scoring 24 points in the first quarter alone.

by Andy Mindzak

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