Time for another look at the Baltimore Ravens in a further effort to get ourselves familiar with them ready for their visit to the UK and Wembley Stadium where they’ll take on the home team Jacksonville Jaguars.
I thought I’d have a quick look at the team’s Super Bowl history in this post.
Since entering the league in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens have gone from strength to strength. By this, I mean that they have been one of the more successful franchises in terms of playoff and Super Bowl appearances. They have made it into the playoffs many times and have won the Super Bowl twice already in their relatively short existence.
Their first Super Bowl win came in the 2000 season when they met the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium which is located in Tampa, Florida. This was to compete to become Super Bowl XXXV (35) champions. The Ravens won this huge game by an impressive score of 34-7 just a few seasons after starting out in the league.
The team’s second appearance and second win came 12 seasons later when they came up against the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was to contest for the Super Bowl XLVII (47) crown. The San Francisco 49ers were led by a certain Quarterback called, Mr Colin Kaepernick, who seems to be all over the NFL-related media for the wrong reasons (or right depending on your opinions about his actions) these days. This title game would also see two brothers facing off against each other from their respective sidelines as well. The teams both had a Harbaugh at the helm as Jim Harbaugh was head coach of the 49ers and John Harbaugh was head coach of the Ravens. Some even dubbed this as “The Harbowl”. John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens would come out on top and claim their second title by a score of 34-31.
Since this 2012 triumph, not much success has come Baltimore’s way via their football team. They made it into the playoffs again in 2014 and started well by beating their AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 at the Wildcard stage. They would then go on to lose in the Divisional round against eventual champions, the New England Patriots. Since then not much has happened as players have retired or left the team.
I’m sure it won’t be long before they are back competing in the playoffs regularly as some teams just have a knack of being successful and the Ravens seem to be one of those teams. The two Super Bowl victories since their introduction into the league in 1996 should lend weight to my words.