BALTIMORE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY – Through the Years…
Ravens 2012-2013 Super Bowl XLVII (47)
Baltimore Ravens 34 – San Francisco 49ers -31
Led by Coach John Harbaugh, this Ravens team has to be one of the most resilient teams; overcoming injuries, a coaching change and players overcoming family tragedies. Quick take: Ravens get hot at the end of the season and Ray Lewis’ retirement announcement (final ride) gives the team a sense of urgency in the playoffs. Quarterback Joe Flacco proves all the “experts’ and doubters wrong by playing his best football on the road in the playoffs and in the Super Bowl. Flacco is awarded Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player.
Key players: Receiver Anqan Boldin and WR/KR Jacoby Jones help get the Ravens out to an early lead. Key Rookie: OG Kelechi Osemele, played solid at guard throughout the playoffs and in the Super Bowl. Key veteran: FS Ed Reed who had an interception.
Ravens 2000-2001 Super Bowl XXXV (35)
Baltimore Ravens 34 – N.Y. Giants 7
Led by head coach Brian Billick, the Baltimore Ravens win their first Super Bowl! Defense wins Championships –and what a defense it was: The defensive starting line-up: MLB Ray Lewis, DT Sam Adams, DE Rob Burnett, DT Tony Siragusa, RE Michael McCrary, OLB Peter Bowlware, OLB Jamie Sharper, CB Duane Starks, CB Chris McAlister, SS Kim Herring, FS Rod Woodsen. The Ravens defense was arguably the best defense in the modern era. The defense still holds the record for the fewest points allowed in a 16 game season at 165 points. And in the Super Bowl game the defense didn’t allow a touchdown. MVP was MLB Ray Lewis.
1970 – Baltimore Colts – Super Bowl V
Baltimore Colts 16 – Dallas Cowboys 13
A bit of redemption for this team, who lost to the NY Jets in Super Bowl III.
“Super Bowl V was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1970 season. The Colts defeated the Cowboys by the score of 16–13. The game was played on January 17, 1971, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the first Super Bowl game played on artificial turf.”
This team had plenty of notables: QB Johnny Unitas, LB Mike Curtis, DE Bubba Smith, LB Ted Hendrick, TE John Mackey. QB Earl Morrall came in after Unitas was injured. LB Mike Curtis had a key interception to help put the Colts in field goal position to win the game. Rookie kicker Jim O’Brian hit the game winning field-goal with five seconds left.
1959 Champion- Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts 31 – NY Giants 16
“The 1959 Baltimore Colts season was the seventh season for the team in the National Football League. The Baltimore Colts finished the NFL‘s 40th season with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses and finished first in the Western Conference, and defeated the New York Giants, 31-16 in the NFL Championship Game, which was the rematch of the previous season‘s classic title game, for their second consecutive NFL World Championship.”
1958 Champion – Baltimore Colts
Know as “The Greatest Game Ever Played”
There is a fantastic site called, Baltimore Colts Mania and features some excellent history and players focused on the 58′ game. They describe:
“The December 28, 1958, championship game against the New York Giants in Yankee Stadium elevated football into the national spotlight. It was the first ever championship game to go into overtime and the first to be televised. The 58′ championship game wasn’t the best game ever played (though it had 13 Hall of Famers in it), but instead was the most important game ever played – showing the excitement of professional football.” http://www.baltimorecoltsmania.com/1958-1959.htm
A dramatic win in overtime, this game in essence, helped put pro football on the map. “History was made when fullback Alan Ameche punched through the line on a one-yard, game-winning touchdown after 8 minutes and 15 seconds of overtime to give the Colts a 23-17 win and the NFL title! ”
There are some outstanding articles and actual team playbook/game plan, program & pictures at: http://www.profootballhof.com
TEAMS YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER
Between 1983 and 1995 if you were hungry for Baltimore football, you had some alternatives
Baltimore Stars – USFL – United States Football League
1984 Champions, 1985 Champions
“The USFL’s dominant team, the Stars missed out on a clean sweep of league championships by only a two-point loss to the Michigan Panthers in the 1983 title game. By all accounts, the Stars had one of the best operations in the league. Myles Tanenbaum stuck with the league longer than any of the other original owners. General Manager Carl Peterson made sure that little talent escaped the notice of his Stars. Coach Jim Mora guided the Stars to wins in more than three-fourths of their games and seven out of eight postseason tilts.”
GREY CUP – Baltimore Stallions 1995
“The Baltimore Stallions were a Canadian Football League team based in Baltimore, Maryland, which played the 1994 and 1995 seasons. They were the most successful American team in the Canadian Football League during its generally ill-fated expansion effort into the USA, having two winning seasons and a division title. In 1995 they became the only American team ever to win the Grey Cup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_Stallions”