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    Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era



    Listomania...this got into my head when I was replaying the final game of Texas Stadium in my head. What are your Top 10 REGULAR SEASON wins of the Harbaugh era? Don't count playoffs, because the top 4 would already be taken from this year alone

    Here's some candidates I'll list

    2008 @Cleveland, 37-27, 17 pt 4Q comeback
    2008 @Dallas, 33-24, 2 volleys of TDs between teams close out Texas Stadium, including longest runs in history
    2009 @San Diego, 31-26, sloppy game where SD kept settling for FGs, better known as the "4th Down, Ray Lewis, Game Over" game
    2009 vs Detroit, 48-3, because everyone loves a good old fashioned drubbing
    2010 @NYJets, 10-9, ugly game, but "Revenge" against Rex Ryan and featured a MONSTER hit from Ray Lewis on Keller to ice their drive at the end
    2010 vs Cleveland, 24-17, survived a monster game vs Peyton Hillis, 4Q comeback via Flacco-Boldin and Cundiff FG
    2010 @Steelers, 17-14, TJ Housh 4Q TD, followed by Ray Lewis INT of Batch to seal the win
    2010 vs Buffalo, 37-34, Common theme of 2010: Letting opponents back into games. Bills had early lead on SB 2000 celebration day, we got back in the lead, only to watch them come back, and just get a FG in OT to win it
    2010 @Panthers, 37-13, Deceptive score, we were clinging to a 10 pt lead and on the ropes, but a Reed/Landry INT TD, followed by Ray INT TD sealed it
    2010 @Houston, 34-28, We led 28-7 on the opening kickoff of 2nd half, but let Texans back into it, Walkoff INT TD in OT by Josh Wilson
    2010 vs Saints, 30-24, Saints were looked at as one of the "unbeatable" teams by the Ravens, and we executed damn near perfectly against a strong offensive team
    2011 vs Steelers, 35-7, because everyone loves a 1st week shellacking of the Steelers
    2011 vs Cardinals, 30-27, Cardinals jumped out big early, but we battled back and Cundiff FG at the end to win it
    2011 @Steelers, 23-20, The Drive, ending with a TD to Torrey in the closing seconds. I vividly remembering watching that game with a sleeping 9 month old, struggling not to scream and leap around for fear of waking her.
    2011 vs San Fran, 16-6, Harbowl I. Great battle of Titans that foreshadowed what was coming a year later. Defensive struggle, CLASSIC game, also team record for sacks in a game
    2012 vs Cincy, 44-13, because everyone loves a Week 1 shellacking of the Bengals
    2012 vs NE, 31-30, exercising the demons of the 2011 AFC Championship game, Tucker nails a FG to win it at the end
    2012 vs Oakland, 55-13. 55 points. Yeah, that was fun.
    2012 @San Diego, 16-13. 4th and 29
    2012 vs NYGiants, 33-14. Just a perfect execution of a game plan, sign of what was to come in the playoffs.
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    My personal list:

    1. 2011 @Steelers, 23-20. The Drive, ending with a TD to Torrey in the closing seconds. I vividly remembering watching that game with a sleeping 9 month old, struggling not to scream and leap around for fear of waking her.

    2. 2012 vs NYGiants, 33-14. Just a perfect execution of a game plan, sign of what was to come in the playoffs.

    3. 2008 @Dallas, 33-24. 2 volleys of TDs between teams close out Texas Stadium, including longest runs in history

    4. 2011 vs Steelers, 35-7. because everyone loves a 1st week shellacking of the Steelers

    5. 2011 vs San Fran, 16-6. Harbowl I. Great battle of Titans that foreshadowed what was coming a year later. Defensive struggle, CLASSIC game, also team record for sacks in a game

    6. 2012 @San Diego, 16-13. 4th and 29

    7. 2012 vs Cincy, 44-13. because everyone loves a Week 1 shellacking of the Bengals

    8. 2012 vs NE, 31-30. exercising the demons of the 2011 AFC Championship game, Tucker nails a FG to win it at the end

    9. 2010 @Steelers, 17-14. TJ Housh 4Q TD, followed by Ray Lewis INT of Batch to seal the win

    10. 2009 @San Diego, 31-26. sloppy game where SD kept settling for FGs, better known as the "4th Down, Ray Lewis, Game Over" game
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Haha. No mention of the game against the Raiders where Flacco threw a 70 yard touchdown, ran for a touchdown, and damn near CAUGHT a 60 yard touchdown until he slipped?




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    To be honest, I never really understood why the 23-20 win over Pittsburgh in 2011 always gets the nod over the 35-7 win. We've had our share of comeback wins against the Steelers - heck, we did the exact same thing on the road the year. But after all we had to hear during the 2011 offseason about how they "owned" us, and for us to completely destroy them in the manner we did and basically play a perfect game...I don't see how that can't be #1. That was the statement game to end all statement games.




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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Scally -- Are you using the phrase "Harbaugh Era" to just mark time or are you asking for wins directly related to Harbs' coaching?
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Scally -- Are you using the phrase "Harbaugh Era" to just mark time or are you asking for wins directly related to Harbs' coaching?
    Mark time, although isn't it the same argument? He's been the head coach for the entire period, so you can roughly say he's influenced each of the games?

    I'd be interested to see what wins you'd directly attribute to Harbaugh's coaching though.
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Quote Originally Posted by GaTechRavens View Post
    To be honest, I never really understood why the 23-20 win over Pittsburgh in 2011 always gets the nod over the 35-7 win. We've had our share of comeback wins against the Steelers - heck, we did the exact same thing on the road the year. But after all we had to hear during the 2011 offseason about how they "owned" us, and for us to completely destroy them in the manner we did and basically play a perfect game...I don't see how that can't be #1. That was the statement game to end all statement games.
    Maybe a bit of personal bias...The 35-7 game was a classic, because we came out the game and just THRASHED them. But the 23-20 game had a couple of extra points that made it a tougher game:

    1. On the road
    2. Completed sweep against Pitt for the year
    3. vs Big Ben - We hate that dumb retort, but since BR played in BOTH games, we could shove it back in their faces
    4. The Drive - There had been constant questions about Joe's ability to take over a game and lead us into victory. This game was further proof that he could. It was even more epic than the 4 play drive the year before in Pitt that ended with the TJ Housh TD. And, there was less time on the clock. He went 93 yards for the win.

    I probably should've ranked it above the Dallas game, but I have some personal sentiment around that game, seeing Jerry Jones and countless Cowboys fans dumbfounded that their close out party was ruined.
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    2010 @NYJets, 10-9, ugly game, but "Revenge" against Rex Ryan and featured a MONSTER hit from Ray Lewis on Keller to ice their drive at the end
    OHHHHH yaaaaas, the one where #52 turned Dustin Keller into his distant relative Helen...

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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era


    Ok, I'll give you one absolutely from Harbaugh era

    November 29th 1998
    Ravens beat Colts 38-31 and Jim Harbaugh hands game ball to Johnny Unitas

    (oh, you were talking about the other Harbaugh )
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Quote Originally Posted by RavenScallywag View Post
    Mark time, although isn't it the same argument? He's been the head coach for the entire period, so you can roughly say he's influenced each of the games?

    I'd be interested to see what wins you'd directly attribute to Harbaugh's coaching though.
    I think, IMO, the more intriguing argument would be what's his best coaching win.

    I'd have to give that one some thought though. Been awake for about 36 hours so things are a little foggy.

    One game though I do believe was a coaching win was the opener in 2011 against the Steelers. Yes, we outplayed them but to get to that point, it was a coaching success.
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    I think, IMO, the more intriguing argument would be what's his best coaching win.

    I'd have to give that one some thought though. Been awake for about 36 hours so things are a little foggy.

    One game though I do believe was a coaching win was the opener in 2011 against the Steelers. Yes, we outplayed them but to get to that point, it was a coaching success.
    True, I'd give the 2013 game vs Cincy to open the season the same treatment.

    I guess the ones I'd consider for the best COACHED win would be ones where we lined up and clearly followed our gameplan to the letter. That's why the Giants game this year ranks so highly to me. If you look at the stats and watch the film...we went out and did everything we needed to do. Rushing game went crazy, Flacco threw for 3 TDs, 300+ yards, defense limited Nicks and Cruz. One I omitted from my list, but might go on the best coached list, is the win vs Saints in 2010. Much closer, tougher game, but I felt like we went toe to toe with a strong offensive team due to a great gameplan.
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    Re: Top 10 Regular Season wins of the Harbaugh era

    The OP covered a lot of them. I will add the '08 Skins game. That was our first time in the national spotlight under Harb (unless you want count the earlier ESPN love fest v the Steelers). IINM I also believe this was the first time the Skins played us here. I remember the Ed pick that set up the first TD and then his hit on Portis and FR for the TD. Made Campbell look clueless out there. And of course it felt great to smack the Skins around before a national audience.

    But besides the personal good feeling it created I think this was the game that put national media and fans on notice that this team wasn't a fluke and it was to be reckoned with in January.
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