Super Bowl XLVIII is upon us this weekend. The Super Bowl is a time where legends truly are born and performances will always be remembered. The Baltimore Ravens have been a part of two of these legendary games; being victorious in both. Stellar performances took place in both and we should remember and celebrate them during this time of the season.
A list that discusses the Ravens great moments will almost always begin with Ray Lewis. A compiled list of Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl performances is not excluded. Lewis was MVP of Super Bowl XXXV and deservedly so. He was everywhere that day. The Ravens only allowed 152 total yards of defense and you can believe that Lewis had a hand in almost every play. He finished with three solo tackles, two assists, and four blocked passes against the New York Giants. His performance capped off a season that saw him win NFL Defensive Player of the Year and helped bring the city of Baltimore their first NFL championship since 1970.
Love him or hate him he was the man during the 2013 playoffs. What he did on the road to getting to Super Bowl XLVII was amazing throwing for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions as well as beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in their own backyards. Joe Flacco carried that dominance to the Super Bowl as he defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 and was named MVP. Flacco finished 22/33 for 287 yards and three touchdowns. He also tied Joe Montana with the most touchdowns thrown during a playoff run with zero interceptions.
Some argued that perhaps Jacoby Jones should have been named MVP for his role in Super Bowl XLVII. Jones was electric and the catalyst for big plays and momentum shifts. In the first half Jacoby Jones also caught a 56-yard pass in chaotic fashion to really make his mark. He tied an NFL league record and set a Super Bowl record for longest kickoff return in a Super Bowl with a 108-yard return to open up the second half. Jones also set or tied the following records: the record for most combined yards in a Super Bowl game with 290 tied the record for most touchdown plays of 50 yards or more, with two and became the first player to score a receiving touchdown and return touchdown in a Super Bowl.
Before there was ever the beloved Ray Rice there was Jamal Lewis. Jamal Lewis was drafted out of Tennessee when the 2000 season had started and nearly a year later he was the workhorse for Baltimore and key in them winning Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis didn’t do anything flashy. He just did what he was best at; being solid and being a force. Lewis racked up over 100 yards and a touchdown in a game where being a solid force was all that it would take.
Starks was just another member on a brutalizing defense. In Super Bowl XXXV, the New York Giants were held to only seven points; and that came on a kickoff return. Starks was a leader in a very good Ravens secondary. Whenever an opportunity for a big play presented itself Duane Starks was there. In the biggest game of his career Starks intercepted a Kerry Collins pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. Great rewards for a great player.