Remember when: Ravens vs. Lions, 1998

Marchibroda's reign over

6-10 season ends with 19-10 win over Detroit

  • "I can leave here and I can walk the streets of Baltimore with my head held up high," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said after the game.
"I can leave here and I can walk the streets of Baltimore… (Baltimore Sun file photo )
December 11, 2009

The Ravens, who started the 1998 season with high expectations, defeated the Detroit Lions, 19-10, on Dec. 27, 1998, at the Ravens' stadium at Camden Yards in coach Ted Marchibroda's final game. He finished his three seasons as Ravens coach with a 16-31-3 mark. The Ravens held Lions running back Barry Sanders to 41 yards on 19 carries, and the Ravens out-gained the Lions 295-236 in total yards and held nearly a seven-minute edge in time of possession.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Ravens took a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Baltimore got on the scoreboard first when Lions quarterback Frank Reich (Maryland) tried passing from his own end zone and tackle Ray Roberts was called for holding Ravens linebacker-defensive end Peter Boulware. The Ravens scored on their next possession when Sanders fumbled inside his 5-yard line and Tony Siragusa recovered it. Priest Holmes scored three plays later.

KEY STATS: Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh completed 17 of 26 passes for 141 yards. ... Holmes became the first Raven to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, gaining 132 yards on 28 carries to finish with 1,008 for the season. ... Reich was 18 of 29 for 195 yards.

QUOTABLE: "No regrets. I'm thankful for the opportunity. This is what I love to do. This is what I like to do. I enjoy doing it, and it doesn't always turn out. I can leave here and I can walk the streets of Baltimore with my head held up high."- Marchibroda

QUOTABLE: "I'm not some kind of pride guy, but I wanted to go out with some dignity." - Harbaugh

Source: Baltimore Sun archives

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