Breaking the trend: Ravens get a win on MNF

Team is 5-7 overall, had lost last 6 before beating Browns

November 17, 2009

With the 16-0 victory over the Browns, the Ravens are now 5-7 on "Monday Night Football," ending a six-game losing streak on "MNF." Here's how they did in the last five of those defeats:

Steelers 23, Ravens 20 (OT), Sept. 29, 2008,

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The first loss of the John Harbaugh era. The Steelers scored two touchdowns within 15 seconds in the third quarter to take a 17-13 lead. After a field goal by Jeff Reed, the Ravens tied it late in the fourth on a touchdown run by Le'Ron McClain. The Ravens won the overtime coin flip, but two penalties and a sack forced Sam Koch to punt out of his end zone. The Steelers didn't have to move far to allow Reed to kick a 43-yarder to win the game.

Patriots 27, Ravens 24,

Dec. 3, 2007,

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady capitalized on Ravens mistakes, throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with 44 seconds remaining. The 13-play, 73-yard drive was Brady's 21st to win a game in the fourth quarter or overtime, the most in NFL history. The Ravens' last gasp ended at the Patriots' 3-yard line, where Mark Clayton was tackled after catching a Hail Mary pass from Kyle Boller.

Steelers 38, Ravens 7,

Nov. 5, 2007,

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The largest margin of defeat in the nine-year Brian Billick era. Quarterback Steve McNair had the fewest passing yards in NFL history (63) by a quarterback who completed 13 passes. And the defense tied a team record with five touchdown passes allowed. It was a sobering defeat that included three lost fumbles. The team set a mark for fewest total yards (104) and tied one for fewest first downs (five).

Bengals 27, Ravens 20,

Sept. 10, 2007,

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The first game of Billick's last season as head coach of the Ravens. After a 13-3 regular season the year before, the loss to the Bengals was particularly ugly. McNair turned over the ball four times (three fumbles and one interception), which led to 21 of the Bengals' 24 points off turnovers. Boller had to replace McNair for a key drive in the last two minutes of the game because McNair suffered a groin injury.

Broncos 13, Ravens 3,

Oct. 9, 2006, @Denver

In a chilly rain at Invesco Field at Mile High, McNair was picked off in the end zone late in the first half and was intercepted twice late in the fourth quarter to end any hopes of a third straight game-winning comeback. It marked the fewest points scored by the Ravens since a 30-3 loss in Jacksonville in November 2005. Beyond McNair's turnovers, the offense let the defense down early in the game, when the Ravens managed to score three points off two turnovers in the first quarter.

Source: Baltimore Sun archives

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