Back in June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History.
Of course time has a way of changing things. The Mile High Miracle may arguably be the greatest of all. We’ll revisit the list but over the course of the next 5 Flashback Fridays we’ll present what we once regarded as the 10 best in pairs and then we’ll ask your help in creating an updated list.
Here are the plays we ranked as the 9th and 10th best in Ravens history 6 years ago…
10. ED REED PICK 6: The Ravens took a 20-13 lead against the Cleveland Browns on a mild November 7, 2004 Sunday night. With 7:03 left on the game clock, Jeff Garcia rallied his team and took them to the Ravens 5 yard line with 45 seconds remaining in the game. With nothing to lose most expected the Browns to go for a two point conversion and the win, should they score a touchdown.
Facing a second and five, Garcia tried to hit Aaron Shea down near the goal line but Shea was hit by Ray Lewis just as the ball arrived (some believe perhaps a split second too soon). The pass deflected off Shea and into the hands of Ed Reed who scooped the ball just before it hit the end zone. 106 yards later, Reed’s record interception return for a score put an abrupt end to Cleveland’s comeback and sealed the 27-13 victory for the Ravens, a score that certainly isn’t indicative of how close the game really was. (INT at 1:08 mark of video below)
9. CHRIS MCALISTER 107 YARD RETURN ON MNF: In Baltimore, we always feel that we’re on the short end of the stick when it comes to Monday Night Football. Not in 2002. The 0-2 Ravens were facing a smoking hot 3-0 Denver team on MNF. Despite a lackluster at best performance v. Tampa Bay the week before the Ravens’ early season bye, the atmosphere at then Ravens Stadium was electric.
The voltage meter went off the chart when a long field goal attempt at the end of the first half by Denver’s Jason Elam fell way short and into the waiting arms of Chris McAlister who was standing 7 yards deep in the end zone. Initially McAlister hesitated but eventually emerged from the end zone after “encouragement” from Ray Lewis.
Ray’s hit on a Denver special teams player Keith Burns was one for the ages and it sprung McAlister as he raced down the sidelines for an NFL record 107 yard scoring play.