The Ravens will kick off the 2014 preseason in a rematch of Super Bowl XLVII when they welcome the San Francisco 49ers to M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 7.
Though the stakes will be much lower than they were some 14 months ago in New Orleans, head coach John Harbaugh will face off against 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time since their teams met on the NFL’s biggest stage. The preseason opener will also mark the return of former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco last year for a sixth-round pick.
In addition to facing the 49ers for the first time in the preseason, the Ravens will also travel to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 of the preseason. Baltimore hasn’t played at Dallas since 2008 when they helped close Texas Stadium with an upset win over the Cowboys.
Week 3 will bring the Washington Redskins to Baltimore as the geographic rivals square off in the most important game of the preseason. This year will mark the eighth preseason meeting between the teams as the Ravens hold a 5-2 series lead.
The preseason finale will be played on Aug. 28 when the Ravens travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints. In their only other preseason meeting, Baltimore beat the Saints in a 2005 contest taking place only hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans.
The Ravens will also play at New Orleans during the 2014 regular season, but given the way teams typically rest starters during the final preseason game, this amounts to little more than an interesting coincidence.
Entering their 19th season, the Ravens are 42-29 in all-time preseason play and 15-9 under Harbaugh.
None of this year’s preseason games will be nationally televised, but all will air locally.
Dates for the Dallas and Washington games will be determined at a later date.
Ravens 2014 Preseason Schedule
Week 1: Thursday, Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: (Date TBD) at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: (Date TBD) vs. Washington Redskins
Week 4: Thursday, Aug. 28 at New Orleans Saints