The topic of the best plays in Ravens history is one that has been debated in pubs throughout the Land of Pleasant Living and as time goes on, the list of plays will change and the debate could become even livelier.
In June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History. During the previous editions of Flashback Friday we revisited the plays ranked 3 through 10. Today we conclude with the two plays arguably the best – at least in 2008.
Clearly if we were to alter THIS LIST, the Mile High Miracle would be on it along with Jacoby Jones’ kickoff return for a score in Super Bowl XLVII.
And then there’s 4th and 29, which may have made the two Jacoby Jones plays possible.
We invite your comments below.
But first we remember the 1st and 2nd best plays as presented 6 years ago…
2. 22 GETS 6: Until the offense went back into ultra conservative mode and Trent Dilfer continued to miss wide-open receivers. The score was 10-0 and Dilfer was looking shaky. The Giants offense didn’t seem to pose a threat but their defense could. The Giants had the ball and Kerry Collins went back to pass. The pass was intended for Armani Toomer who seemed a bit hesitant on his crossing route. His pattern was a bit rounded — not crisp at all. He probably had visions of Jamie Sharper dancing in his head.
Earlier Sharper nearly decapitated Toomer’s teammate Ike Hilliard on a similar crossing route. Toomer wanted none of that and Duane Starks read the sloppy route and Collins perfectly. Starks jumped the route, picked off the pass and saw nothing but a waiting end zone in front of him. 17-0…game over! Or so we thought.
1. GO J-LEW! On the ensuing kick, Ron Dixon went coast to coast untouched to make the score 17-7 after the PAT. Those same fears of Trent Dilfer were creeping back into our collective head. That is, until Jermaine Lewis took the kickoff at the Ravens 16-yard line. J-Lew eluded tacklers and meandered his way down the Ravensï¿½ sideline and into the end zone for an 84-yard touchdown. After the PAT, the score was 24-7.
The Giants who had been re-energized by the Dixon return, watched in dismay as their emotional bubble had burst. The team’s body language was that of a loser and we knew then, that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming home to Baltimore. Is there any arguing that this was the biggest and best play in Ravens history?