BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Last Sunday, in Week 2 of the 2016 season, the Baltimore Ravens witness one of their largest comebacks in franchise history. Let’s take a look at the top five comebacks for the Baltimore Ravens over the years:
Oct 30, 2011 – Ravens vs Cardinals
The Baltimore Ravens were down 24-6 in the first half but made their biggest comeback in franchise history, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 30-27.
Using a fumble by Flacco and an 82-yard punt return by Patrick Peterson, Arizona scored three touchdowns during a five-minute span of the second quarter to take a 24-3 lead. Baltimore answered with a 24-point run and moved in front 27-24 when Rice scored his third touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
A 36-yard completion from Flacco to rookie Torrey Smith moved the ball to the 5, setting the stage for Cundiff’s game-winner.
Sep 18, 2016 – Ravens vs Browns
Most recently, the Ravens scored 25 straight points against the Cleveland Browns after starting the game 20-0. The first quarter may have left many Ravens fans doubting the newly assembled team, but when Pitta caught nine targets for 102 yards, Mike Wallace found the end zone and the defense finally showed up, the Browns didn’t stand a chance.
Sunday’s game also marked the fifth time in franchise history and the third time under Coach Harbaugh that the Ravens began a season 2-0, and each time, they’ve advanced to the playoffs.
Nov 12, 2006 – Ravens vs Titans
The Ravens were 7-2 for the first time after trailing by 19 points against the Tennessee Titans. Veteran Steve McNair landed his third touchdown of the game against his former team with just 3:35 left Sunday, helping the Ravens rally from a big deficit to beat the Titans 27-26 for their best start.
McNair finished 29-of-47 for 373 yards passing, including a 65-yard TD pass to Mark Clayton that was his longest completion since the 2003 season. Then he put the Ravens ahead to stay by tossing a 12-yarder to another ex-Tennessee teammate, Derrick Mason and Stover’s extra point put Baltimore up 27-26.
Nov 23, 2003 – Ravens vs Seahawks
In a game that totaled 85 points between the two teams, it was a slow start before the duel during overtime began. Down by 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Baltimore Ravens put their comeback hopes on a struggling defense and a new quarterback.
The 3rd quarter ended with the Seahawks up 34-24. Then Anthony Wright helped Baltimore score 10 points in the final 72 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Overtime was a free-for-all for both teams scoring back and forth, but ultimately went in favor of the Ravens after they ran a 12 play, 55 yard drive lasting 6:37 to set them up for the win. Stover hit the game winning 42 yard field goal with about 7:30 left in the game.
The Ravens’ previous biggest comeback was a 16-point turnaround against Jacksonville in 2000.
Sep 10, 2000 – Ravens vs Jaguars
At that time, the Jaguars were 9-0 against the Ravens since the team’s inception in 1996. At the Ravens first home game, Baltimore trailed the Jacksonville for the majority of the game.
The first quarter was dominated by Jacksonville. Baltimore put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Banks to Taylor. But, the first half ended with two more field goals from the Jaguars.
The third quarter began with the Ravens trailing 23–7. Two more touchdowns by the Ravens and a field goal from Jaguars put the home team with less than a touchdown differential. In the continuing scoring shootout, the Ravens scored first in the fourth quarter with a touchdown to lead for the first time during the entire game. By the later half of the quarter, the Jaguars surpassed Baltimore once more, the score 36–32. In the last scoring drive of the game, Shannon Sharpe completed a 29-yard pass from Banks to defeat Jacksonville, 39–36. With this win, Baltimore’s record elevated to 2–0 and Jacksonville’s streak ended.
This Sunday, the Ravens (2-0) will face off against the Jaguars (0-2).