Ravens' playoff history

January 13, 2007|By Edward Lee

2000 season: 4-0

Dec. 31, 2000

Round -- AFC wild card

Opponent -- Denver Broncos (11-5)

Result -- Ravens, 21-3.

Summary -- Denver came to Baltimore with the league's second-most prolific offense, but the Ravens' defense surrendered just 42 rushing yards and 177 total yards. The Broncos crossed midfield just once. On the other side, running back Jamal Lewis ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries, and tight end Shannon Sharpe caught a tipped pass and sprinted 58 yards to the end zone.

Jan. 7, 2001

Round -- AFC divisional

Opponent -- Tennessee Titans (13-3)

Result -- Ravens, 24-10

Summary -- Top-seeded Tennessee had lost only once in two seasons at Adelphia Coliseum -- to the Ravens, who doubled their pleasure thanks to defense and special teams. Linebacker Ray Lewis returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown, defensive back Anthony Mitchell returned a blocked field-goal attempt 90 yards for a score, and the Ravens won despite getting outgained 317-134 in total yards.

Jan. 14, 2001

Round -- AFC championship

Opponent -- Oakland Raiders (13-4)

Result -- Ravens, 16-3

Summary -- Second-seeded Oakland got the home game it had been hoping for, but the league's top-ranked rushing offense was stuck in neutral, gaining just 24 yards. Massive defensive tackle Tony Siragusa's hit on Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon forced Oakland to go to backup Bobby Hoying, and Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer and Sharpe connected on a 96-yard touchdown pass.

Jan. 28, 2001

Round -- Super Bowl

Opponent -- New York Giants (14-4)

Result -- Ravens, 34-7

Summary -- The Ravens took home the Lombardi Trophy with a rout of the NFC champion Giants in Tampa, Fla. Earning their 11th consecutive victory, the Ravens took an early lead on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Dilfer to receiver Brandon Stokley and extended the advantage on a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Duane Starks. After New York returned a kickoff for a score, the Ravens responded with an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jermaine Lewis. Ray Lewis was named the game's Most Valuable Player, and Baltimore got its first Super Bowl title since January 1971.

2001 season: 1-1

Jan. 13, 2002

Round -- AFC wild card

Opponent -- Miami Dolphins (11-5)

Result -- Ravens, 20-3

Summary -- Miami's fifth-ranked run defense was no match for the Ravens, who used 109 yards and a touchdown from running back Terry Allen and a 4-yard scoring pass from quarterback Elvis Grbac to receiver Travis Taylor. The Ravens' defense allowed only 151 yards to the Dolphins, who drove inside the Ravens' 40-yard line only twice.

Jan. 20, 2002

Round -- AFC divisional

Opponent -- Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3)

Result -- Steelers, 27-10

Summary -- The Ravens had been the only opponent to win at Heinz Field in the stadium's first season, but they couldn't repeat that feat in the playoffs. The offense limped to a season-low 150 yards, and the defense -- forced to play for nearly 41 minutes due to the ineffective offense -- gave up more points in the loss than in its five previous playoff games combined (26).

2003 season: 0-1

Jan. 3, 2004

Round -- AFC wild card

Opponent -- Tennessee Titans (12-4)

Result -- Tennessee, 20-17

Summary -- Offensive tackle Orlando Brown's unnecessary-roughness penalty contributed to a game-winning 46-yard field goal by Gary Anderson with 29 seconds left, but the seeds for the loss were planted throughout the game. Jamal Lewis, who rushed for 2,066 yards during the regular season, was limited to a season-worst 35, and Tennessee racked up 165 yards on the ground to control the clock.

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