Wild-card win in Miami

remember when?

January 02, 2009|By Source: Baltimore Sun archives

The Ravens have a wild-card history in Miami, and it's a good one. The year after winning the Super Bowl in January 2001, the Ravens didn't let their championship reign go without a fight. Getting into the playoffs as a wild card was the first step. The second was facing the Dolphins in Miami as a fifth seed Jan. 13, 2002. The Ravens won easily, 20-3, and advanced to face the Steelers in the second round by using the formula that won them the Super Bowl the year before - defense and ball control. Sound familiar?

WHAT HAPPENED: : The Ravens ran the ball, ran the ball, and then ran the ball some more. Although the Dolphins had the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL, the Ravens ran the ball on 50 of 69 offensive plays to gain a season-high 226 yards on the ground. Terry Allen carried 25 times for 109 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens possessed the ball for nearly 16 more minutes than the Dolphins. The Ravens gave up an early field goal after kick returner Jermaine Lewis fumbled the opening kickoff at their 24-yard line. The defense stood strong, and the Dolphins had to settle for a 33-yard field goal. The Ravens then scored 20 unanswered points for the convincing win.

KEY STATS: : The Ravens allowed just 151 total yards and nine first downs to the Dolphins. ... It was the Ravens' fifth consecutive postseason win (the previous four came during the Super Bowl run in 2000). ... Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler was 15-for-28 passing for 122 yards.

QUOTABLE: : "We perform at the dance. We don't go there and stand against the wall, looking for chicks. We grab them by the arm and we dance. We're not letting up. We're not giving anybody anything." - Tony Siragusa, Ravens defensive tackle

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