#WNSTSweet16 Best Local Sports Playoff Moments

January 14, 2014 | Luke Jones

4. The Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV to give Baltimore its first NFL championship in 30 years

The game was a final loud statement from a defense that had convincingly staked its claim as one of the NFL’s best ever as the Ravens won 34-7 over the New York Giants. They would have recorded the first shutout in Super Bowl history had it not been for a kickoff returned for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The signature moment in the game came in the third quarter after the Giants narrowed the deficit to 17-7 and kicked off to Maryland product Jermaine Lewis. Still mourning a stillborn son from a month earlier, Lewis streaked 84 yards down the sideline to make it a 17-point game and end any whispers of a New York comeback.

Baltimore picked off Giants quarterback Kerry Collins four times and Ray Lewis earned Super Bowl MVP honors, but the victory meant more than that to a city that spent 12 years without NFL football as commissioner Paul Tagliabue infamously suggested that Baltimore build a museum after a failed expansion bid. Instead of a museum, it was the sight of Tagliabue handing the trophy to Ravens owner Art Modell that provided the last laugh for a football town reborn.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. James-Dundalk Says:

    Luke, I was a toddler in 1958/59 but those games Were on our TV at that time. Every other event on your list I have witnessed , quite a few in person. Great Job . Thanks for the memories

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Good point on the 59 NFL championship game. ONLY one ever to be played in Baltimore. Thanks for mentioning Mo in the 66 Series.

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