January 15, 2012
The Baltimore Ravens took the early lead and hung on to defeat the Houston Texans, 20-13, in an AFC divisional playoff game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Ravens will face the New England Patriots next Sunday at 3 p.m. in Foxboro, Mass., in the AFC championship game.
January 9, 2011
Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too. Lewis and Baltimore’s tough and savvy defense overwhelmed the young Chiefs on Sunday, sacking Matt Cassel three times and forcing five turnovers in a 30-7 victory in the opening round of the playoffs. The Chiefs (10-7), who won the AFC West with a six-game improvement and took pride in not beating themselves, managed just 25 yards in the second half. “To set records is one thing,” said Lewis, who forced a fumble and had a sack in the second-half dismantling of the Chiefs.
August 28, 2010
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens enter their third preseason game looking to hold onto the football, establish an offensive flow and fortify their defense. Though unbeaten, the Ravens gave up 401 yards passing in a 23-3 victory over Washington last week. Baltimore has fumbled eight times in two exhibition games. The team's leading rusher is Haruki Nakamura, who ran 51 yards on a fake punt. Most alarming is a unit that was repeatedly burned by the Redskins. "You never want to give up a lot of yards," defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said.
August 25, 2010
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ed Reed's prolonged absence following offseason hip surgery hasn't triggered a panic in Baltimore. The Ravens feel good about their situation at safety with Tom Zbikowski filling in for Reed, who's out indefinitely, and veteran strong safety Dawan Landry providing leadership and doling out punishing hits. "Dawan brings it every play," said running back Willis McGahee, who got his lip split by Landry during training camp. "He's a hard hitter, but he plays clean football.
August 13, 2010
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Joe Flacco guided Baltimore's retooled offense to a pair of scores, and the Ravens defense held Carolina without a touchdown in a 17-12 preseason victory Thursday night. Flacco went 8 for 12 for 120 yards and a touchdown. He produced a field goal in his first series, then went three-and-out before directing a 96-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mark Clayton. Carolina quarterback Matt Moore, hindered by poor protection and three penalties against left tackle Jordan Gross, failed to produce any points during his three possessions.
December 28, 2008
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens charged into the postseason with a performance that typified their astonishing turnaround season. Needing a victory to secure the final AFC wild-card berth, the Ravens built a 17-point halftime lead and never let up in a 27-7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Baltimore (11-5) could have backed into the postseason if Buffalo beat New England earlier Sunday, but the Patriots' 13-0 victory meant the Ravens lined up for the opening kickoff knowing they had to win to get in. The playoffs open for Baltimore next Sunday on the road against AFC East champion Miami, but to get there, the Ravens had to adopt a postseason mentality against Jacksonville.
February 2, 2013
When Tom Bikle was a boy, his father would drop him off at Baltimore Colts training camp on the way to his job in Westminster, Md. “I'd just spend the day there. Back then, it was very accessible to fans,” Bikle said of the camp at the former Western Maryland College. Players would lie under the trees and read their playbooks, he said. Most of the players, including the late quarterback Johnny Unitas and wide receiver Raymond Berry, knew Bikle by name at the time, he said. One time, Berry greeted Bikle with an autographed picture in response to Bikle sending him a letter, Bikle said.
January 6, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens opened the playoffs just as they did the last time they won in the postseason: With a road victory against the Miami Dolphins. For an encore, the Ravens will seek to replicate another past playoff feat that ranks as one of their most memorable postseason performances. Baltimore's 27-9 win over the Dolphins on Sunday set up a second-round matchup on the road against the top-seeded Tennessee Titans this Saturday. Placed in an identical scenario during the 2000 playoffs, the Ravens pulled off a 24-10 upset to earn a berth in the AFC championship.
April 1, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens are considering a variety of players with the 26th overall pick in the NFL draft later this month -- none of them a quarterback. The Ravens solved that problem last year when they selected Joe Flacco with their No. 1 pick. Flacco started every game and looked very little like a rookie in leading Baltimore to the AFC championship game. So, upon devising his draft board for April 25, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has assembled a list of names that includes almost every position on the field except for one. After drafting a host of quarterbacks over the past 13 years, ranging from Jon Stark to Kyle Boller to Flacco, Newsome can turn his attention elsewhere.
February 1, 2001
Bowl about beer, Ravens and revenge Leave my quarterback unbroken Don't turn him into dust and gore Take thy cleats from out my heart And take thy logo off my door Quoth the Ravens, "Never score. " (Memo to eighth-grade English teachers: Be careful what you make your kids read - they may actually remember it 25 years later and put it to thoroughly inappropriate use.) Solace? Perhaps. I used to split my affections between the Vikings and the Colts before Irsay's moving vans came.