BALTIMORE RAVENS

Current Standings:
Division (AFC North) - 3rd (out of 4)
Conference (AFC) - 8th (16)
League (NFL) - 14th (32)
Win:Loss Ratio - 8:8
Latest Result: Lost 34-17 vs Bengals
Franchise Overview

Established: 1996; Team Colours: Black, Purple, Metallic Gold, White; Owner: Steve Bisciotti; Head Coach: John Harbaugh; Home Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium

Honours: Super Bowl's (2 - 2000, 2012), AFC Championship's (2 - 2000, 2012), AFC North Division Title's (4 - 2003, 06, 2011, 12), Play-off Appearances (9)

2012 Performance: The Ravens produced some of the most stunning playoff performances in recent seasons to win their second franchise Super Bowl, with Ray Lewis returning from injury to lead the team in his final season before retirement. An indifferent regular season record of 10:6 was enough for them to ease to victory in the AFC North, while a decent display saw off the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card match. Playing in their fifth consecutive set of end-of-season playoffs, it was the divisional playoff round where Baltimore produced arguably their best display, stunning heavy favourites the Denver Broncos 38-35, after two periods of overtime, in possibly one of the greatest games ever played. The AFC Conference Championship game matched the Ravens with the New England Patriots for a second successive year. Thankfully for the Ravens, there was to be no repeat of last year’s last-gasp heartbreak, and they again upset the odds to win 28-13. It was the battle of the brothers at the Super Bowl as Ravens coach John Harbaugh defeated his brother Jim in the San Francisco 49ers dugout, as Baltimore claimed a thrilling 34-31 win.
 

Three Key-Players for 2013?

Ray Rice - Running Back



A second round draftee in 2008, Ray Rice ended last season as the Ravens’ second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis [7,801] with 5,520 yards. He is also ranked second for Ravens rushing touchdowns, with 33. A three-time Pro Bowler, Rice may be small at 5ft8, but his power and speed is near insurmountable. No doubt he will continue to get his team out of many a sticky situation.  
Joe Flacco - Quarterback



The Ravens first round pick in the 2008 draft, Joe Flacco has already achieved legendary status for one of the league’s youngest franchises. At the end of his first season he became the first rookie in NFL history to lead his team to two playoff victories. He has led the Ravens into the playoffs in each of his five seasons and, last term, won his first Super Bowl ring in an MVP performance including three touchdowns.
Haloti Ngata - Defensive Tackle



The twelfth overall pick of the 2006 draft, defensive tackle or defensive end Haloti Ngata is a four-time Pro Bowler, and was not honoured with a selection for the all-star game for the first time since 2008 last year. In 2012 he still collected 5 sacks and 51 tackles, along with a Super Bowl ring, while he was rated ninth in the NFL Top 100 Ranking. He fell to 42 this year, but is still a very valuable asset.