The Ravens have had a winning season in each of the past 5 seasons – all under Head Coach John Harbaugh. Since 1970, only Mike Holmgren (8), George Seifert (8), and Bill Cowher (6) have started their coaching careers with more consecutive winning seasons. As for the 9 postseason wins in Harbaugh’s first 5 seasons – they are the most in NFL history, one ahead of former Raiders coach Tom Flores.
League's leading passers
In each of the past four seasons, Joe Flacco and Aaron Rodgers are the only NFL quarterbacks to throw for at least 3,600 yards and 20 TDs while posting 12 INTs or less.
If playoff success makes you elite, Flacco is already there. His six postseason road wins are the most in NFL history. His nine playoff wins are tied with Tom Brady for the most in a quarterback's first 5 seasons. And his 11 touchdown passes in the 2012 playoffs? Nobody has thrown more in one postseason campaign.
Ray Rice, the only player in Ravens franchise history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons (2009-12), has started 41 consecutive games, the NFL's longest active streak among RBs.
Join the club
With 1,364 rushing yards and 704 receiving yards in 2011, Rice joined NFL Network's Marshall Faulk (four times) as the only players in NFL history to register at least 1,200 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards in multiple seasons. Rice finished the 2009 season with 1,339 rushing yards and 702 receiving yards.
Numbers don't lie
Trent Dilfer is dubbed by many as the worst quarterback to win a Super Bowl. While he may not have career numbers that stack up with some of the others, he didn't have the worst season of a Super Bowl champion. In 2000, Dilfer went 7-1 as the Ravens' starter, finishing the season with a passer rating of 76.6 -- much better than Terry Bradshaw, who had a 55.2 passer rating in 1974 en route to Super Bowl IX. Dilfer's career passer rating of 70.2? Not great, but still higher than Super Bowl III Champ Joe Namath (65.5).
There's little doubt that in 2018, Ray Lewis will walk into the Hall of Fame. Lewis is the only player in NFL History with 40+ sacks and 30+ INT and is one of six players in NFL history to win multiple Defensive Player of the Year Awards, along with Lawrence Taylor, Joe Greene, Mike Singletary, Bruce Smith and Reggie White. And if there was a Hall of Fame for inspirational speaking, he'd make his way in there too.
Franchise first-ever draft picks
Last month, Jonathan Ogden became the first longtime Raven inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What makes his induction even more notable is that he was the first draft pick in Ravens history, the 4th overall selection in 1996. Ogden joins Lee Roy Selmon (Buccaneers in 1976), Leo Nomellini (49ers in 1950) and Joe Stydahar (Bears in 1936) as the only Hall of Famers to be a franchise's first-ever draft pick.
Kickoff return king
During the 2012 season, Super Bowl hero and "Dancing with the Stars" star Jacoby Jones had a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown in Week 6 vs the Dallas Cowboys and a 105-yard kickoff return touchdown in Week 10 vs the Oakland Raiders. Jones is the only player in NFL history with two career 105+ yard kick return touchdowns.
Time of possession
Many people point to time of possession as a determining factor in wins and losses, and rightfully so. The five teams who held onto the ball the longest, on average, in 2012 went a combined 54-26, with four of those five teams making the playoffs. As for the bottom five: 30-50. However, one team that finished among the league's worst were the Ravens, whose time of possession was 4th worst in the NFL (28:09).
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