2012 Baltimore Ravens season

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2012 Baltimore Ravens season
Head coach John Harbaugh
General manager Ozzie Newsome
Owner Stephen Bisciotti
Home field M&T Bank Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 1st AFC North
Playoff finish

Won Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 24–9
Won Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 38–35 (2OT) Won Conference Championship (Patriots) 28–13

Won Super Bowl XLVII (49ers) 34–31
Pro Bowlers

Ray Rice, RB Vonta Leach, FB

Marshal Yanda, G

Haloti Ngata, DT

Ed Reed, FS

Jacoby Jones, KR/WR
Timeline
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The 2012 Baltimore Ravens season was the team's 17th season in the National Football League. While the Ravens failed to improve on their 12–4 record from 2011, they did still manage to clinch the AFC North division title in Week 16 and finish the regular season with a 10–6 record, sending them to their fifth straight playoffs, where they advanced to the AFC Championship game for the second consecutive season, and then to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000. They were able to secure their second Super Bowl victory, 34–31 against the 49ers. It was the first time in franchise history that the Ravens won consecutive division titles. This marks head coach John Harbaugh's fifth season as the head coach of the franchise and fifth consecutive post-season appearance. The Ravens played their home games at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Ravens dedicated their season to former owner and founder Art Modell, who died on September 6, 2012.[1] On Week 1, all team members wore an "Art" decal on their helmets, and for the rest of their season, they wore an "Art" patch on the left side of their jerseys.

Ray Lewis, the last remaining member of the original Ravens roster from 1996 and the 2000 Super Bowl championship team, announced just after the regular season finale before the playoffs that he would be retiring after the conclusion of the season. Following a dramatic three postseason matchups including a thrilling 38–35 double OT victory against top seeded Denver, his final game was a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Roster changes[edit]

2012 draft class[edit]

  • Round 1 pick 29 traded.[a]
Round Selection Player Position College
2 35[a] Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
60 Kelechi Osemele G/T Iowa State
3[b] 84 Bernard Pierce RB Temple
4[c] 98[a] Gino Gradkowski G/C Delaware
130[d] Christian Thompson S South Carolina State
5 169[d] Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly
6 198 Tommy Streeter WR Miami (Fl)
7 236 DeAngelo Tyson DE Georgia
Notes
^[a] The team traded its first-round selection (#29) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the #35 overall selection in the second round, as well as the Vikings' fourth-round selection (#98 overall).
^[b] The team traded up from its original third-round selection (#91 overall) to the #84 overall selection, also giving the Atlanta Falcons their fifth-round pick (#164 overall).
^[c] The team traded its original fourth-round selection (#124 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for wide receiver Lee Evans.
^[d] Compensatory selection.

Staff[edit]

2012 Baltimore Ravens staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

Source at the Wayback Machine (archived January 23, 2013)

2012 Baltimore Ravens roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 13 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Ravens' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Falcons W 31–17 1–0 Georgia Dome WJLA Recap
2 August 17 8:00 p.m. Detroit Lions L 12–27 1–1 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
3 August 23 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars W 48–17 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium WBAL/CSN Recap
4 August 30 8:00 p.m. at St. Louis Rams L 17–31 2–2 Edward Jones Dome WBAL/CSN Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 10 7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals W 44–13 1–0 M&T Bank Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–24 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field CBS Recap
3 September 23 8:20 p.m. New England Patriots W 31–30 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium NBC Recap
4 September 27 8:20 p.m. Cleveland Browns W 23–16 3–1 M&T Bank Stadium NFLN[b] Recap
5 October 7 1:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs W 9–6 4–1 Arrowhead Stadium CBS Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys W 31–29 5–1 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. at Houston Texans L 13–43 5–2 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
8 Bye
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns W 25–15 6–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders W 55–20 7–2 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 18 8:20 p.m. at Pittsburgh Steelers W 13–10 8–2 Heinz Field NBC Recap
12 November 25 4:05 p.m. at San Diego Chargers W 16–13 (OT) 9–2 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 2 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–23 9–3 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. at Washington Redskins L 28–31 (OT) 9–4 FedExField CBS Recap
15 December 16 1:00 p.m. Denver Broncos L 17–34 9–5 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 23 4:25 p.m.[2] New York Giants W 33–14 10–5 M&T Bank Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals L 17–23 10–6 Paul Brown Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division games.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card January 6, 2013 1:00 p.m. Indianapolis Colts (5) W 24–9 1–0 M&T Bank Stadium CBS Recap
Divisional January 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. at Denver Broncos (1) W 38–35 (2OT) 2–0 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
AFC Championship January 20, 2013 6:30 p.m. at New England Patriots (2) W 28–13 3–0 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
Super Bowl XLVII February 3, 2013 6:30 p.m. vs. San Francisco 49ers (2) W 34–31 4–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome CBS Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week One: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 10 3 0 13
Ravens 10 7 17 10 44

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CIN – Andy Dalton (22–37, 221 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (35–39, 399 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens started their season at home against the Bengals. They jumped out to a 3–0 lead in the first quarter with Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal. This was followed up by Ray Rice's 7-yard run to make the score 10–0. The Bengals got on the board in the 2nd quarter with Mike Nugent's 34-yard field goal to shorten the lead to 10–3. However, the Ravens were able to pull away as Joe Flacco found Anquan Boldin on a 34-yard touchdown pass to move ahead 17–3. The Bengals responded coming within 7 when Benjarvus Green-Ellis ran for a 6-yard touchdown making the score 17–10 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Bengals were able to get within 4 points with Nugent kicking a 19-yard field goal shortening the Ravens' lead to 4 17–13. However, the Ravens overpowered the Bengals scoring 27 unanswered points as Flacco found Dennis Pitta on a 10-yard pass to move ahead 24–13 followed up by Tucker scoring a 40-yard field goal moving them ahead 27–13. This was followed by an Ed Reed interception that was returned 34 yards for a touchdown moving the team ahead 34–13. In the 4th quarter, the Ravens scored again off of Rice's 1-yard run for a 41–13 lead and finished the game off of Tucker's 39-yard field goal to make the final score 44–13.

Ed Reed returned an interception for a 34-yard touchdown, making Reed the all-time leader in career interception return yards with 1,497. The previous record of 1,483 yards was held by Rod Woodson.[citation needed]

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Two: Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 10 0 6 23
Eagles 7 0 10 7 24

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Robert Frazer
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Baltimore took the lead in the second quarter and held it for most of the game, but with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter Michael Vick ran for a one-yard touchdown. With the surprising loss, the Ravens fell to 1–1.

Week 3: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Three: New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 13 7 7 3 30
Ravens 0 14 7 10 31

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady (28–41, 335 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (28–39, 382 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

This game was played in the shadow of the death of WR Torrey Smith's brother, who had died in a motorcycle crash the night before. The Ravens entered the game hoping to be able to avenge the AFC Championship loss of the previous season, which came at the hands of the Patriots. New England started off fast as they drew to a 13–0 lead in the first quarter. However Baltimore scored 2 straight touchdowns to take the lead with 1:47 left to go in the half. Then Brady scored a touchdown right at the end of the half to retake the lead 20–14. The second half started off with a touchdown pass from Flacco to Dennis Pitta to put the Ravens on top 21–20. Then the Patriots retook the lead when Tom Brady scored a touchdown. After that the Baltimore defense began to step it up and held the Pats to a field goal. Then the momentum shifted as Baltimore scored a touchdown (Flacco to Torrey Smith). After forcing a Patriots punt, the Ravens drove down the field to score a field goal as time expired to win the game 31–30.

The Ravens avenged the AFC Championship loss and improved to 2–1 and continued their unbeaten record at home from the previous year along with continuing their streak of winning after a loss. This was also the franchise's first-ever regular season victory against the Patriots.

Based on Torrey Smith's performance through personal hardship, this game was ranked #9 on NFL.com's Top 20 NFL Games of 2012 as Showing Up.[3] Smith finishes with six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Week 4: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Four: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 7 3 6 16
Ravens 0 9 14 0 23

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 50-yard field goal, 12:11 (BAL 23–13)
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 52-yard field goal, 4:33 (BAL 23–16)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their ninth straight win over the Browns, the Ravens improved to 3–1.

Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Five: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 3 0 6 0 9
Chiefs 0 3 0 3 6

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 47 °F (8 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 68,803
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • KC – Ryan Succop 30-yard field goal, 2:52 (KC 3–3)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • KC – Ryan Succop 31-yard field goal, 4:34 (BAL 9–6)
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (13–27, 187 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)
  • KC – Matt Cassel (9–15, 92 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens improved to 4–1 by winning a game where five field goals were scored. With the Bengals' loss to the Dolphins the Ravens moved into first place in the AFC North.

Week 6: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Six: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 3 10 9 29
Ravens 3 14 7 7 31

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL – Tony Romo (25–36, 261 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (17–26, 234 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With their fourth straight win, the Ravens improved to 5–1, and became 4–0 all-time against the Cowboys. This was also their 14th straight regular season home win.

However, Baltimore also lost Ray Lewis to a potentially season-ending triceps injury and Lardarius Webb with a season-ending ACL injury.[4]

Week 7: at Houston Texans[edit]

Week Seven: Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 3 0 7 3 13
Texans 9 20 7 7 43

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,708
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (21–43, 147 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)
  • HOU – Matt Schaub (23–37, 256 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Days before the game, the team was fined $20,000 for not adding Ed Reed to the injury report.[5]

The Ravens drew first blood as Justin Tucker nailed a 51-yard field goal as they moved head 3–0. However, the Texans in the first and second quarters combined would see a total of 29 unanswered points after Connor Barwin sacked Joe Flacco in the end zone for a safety and cut the lead to a point as the lead was now 3–2 Ravens followed by Matt Schaub finding Kevin Walter in the end zone on a 25-yard touchdown pass to take a 9–3 lead. The Texans followed up in the 2nd quarter with Johnathan Joseph returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown, which was then followed by a 1-yard pass from Schaub to Owen Daniels, and then 2 straight field goals from Shayne Graham from 33 and 29 yards out respectively making the lead 16–3, 23–3, 26–3, and then 29–3 at halftime. The Ravens got right back to work in the 3rd quarter as Flacco connected with Tandon Doss on a 15-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 29–10 but the Texans pulled away as Arian Foster ran for a 1-yard touchdown increasing the lead to 36–10. The Ravens tried to rally a huge comeback in the 4th quarter but could only come up with Tucker's 54-yard field goal making the game score 36–13 and lastly Foster ran for a 2-yard touchdown to make the final score 43–13 seeling the game for the Texans.

It was the first loss ever to the Texans in franchise history and first loss to a Houston NFL team since 1996. The Ravens headed into their bye week 5–2 while also dropping their record to 5–1 against the Texans in the regular season and 6–1 against them overall.

Week 9: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Nine: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 14 0 0 11 25
Browns 0 9 3 3 15

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 65,449
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 32-yard field goal, 9:22 (BAL 14–3)
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 28-yard field goal, 1:47 (BAL 14–6)
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 29-yard field goal, 0:05 (BAL 14–9)
Third quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson, 33-yard field goal, 2:42 (BAL 14–12)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

By winning their tenth straight game against the Browns, the Ravens improved to 6–2.

Week 10: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Ten: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 10 7 3 20
Ravens 10 17 21 7 55

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 71,339
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens got their 15th straight home win (16 including playoffs) by defeating the Raiders. Baltimore set a franchise record for points in a game with 55 – improving on the previous record of 48 set against the Detroit Lions on December 13, 2009 – as the team improved to 7–2. Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff for a 105-yard touchdown, making him the first player in league history to have two career kickoff returns of at least 105 yards.[citation needed] Jones had returned a kickoff for 108 yards in Week 6 against the Cowboys.

Week 11: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Eleven: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 10 0 3 0 13
Steelers 7 0 3 0 10

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 8:20 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 63,446
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens got their third straight win against the Steelers while picking up their 12th-straight regular season division rival win and improved to 8–2.

Week 12: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Twelve: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Ravens 0 0 3 10 3 16
Chargers 0 10 0 3 0 13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,882
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Overtime
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The game went into overtime with a field goal by Tucker. The field goal was set up by conversion of a 4th and 29 play where Joe Flacco completed a short pass to Ray Rice and Rice raced 29 yards on the ground for the first down, which would become the 2012 best play of the year. With the surprising win, the Ravens move into 9–2, getting revenge for the previous year's loss in San Diego on Sunday Night Football.

Week 13: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Thirteen: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 3 7 10 23
Ravens 0 13 7 0 20

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,442
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With 3rd-string QB Charlie Batch at the helm, the Steelers handed the Ravens their first home loss since December 5, 2010 and the Ravens fell to 9–3.

Week 14: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Fourteen: Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Ravens 7 14 0 7 0 28
Redskins 14 0 6 8 3 31

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 51 °F (11 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 81,178
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • WAS – Kai Forbath 48-yard field goal, 10:31 (BAL 21–17)
  • WAS – Kai Forbath 49-yard field goal, 1:28 (BAL 21–20)
Fourth quarter
Overtime
  • WAS – Kai Forbath 34-yard field goal, 11:47 (WAS 28–31)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss to the Redskins the Ravens fell to 9–4 and 0–2 on the road against NFC East teams. Also, it was the first consecutive loss for the Ravens since Week 6 of their 2009 season.

The Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron the next day, promoting Jim Caldwell to the position.[6]

Week 15: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Fifteen: Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 14 14 3 34
Ravens 0 0 3 14 17

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,317
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
Game information
First quarter
  • DEN – Matt Prater 27-yard field goal, 7:16 (DEN 3–0)
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens lost their third straight game and fell to 9–5. However, they clinched a playoff berth following the Steelers' loss to the Cowboys later in the evening.[citation needed]

Week 16: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Sixteen: New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 0 0 7 14
Ravens 14 10 3 6 33

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning (14–28, 150 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (25–36, 309 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win the Ravens not only improved to 10–5 but also clinched the AFC North division title (by having four wins in division games).[citation needed]

Week 17: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Seventeen: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 0 0 10 17
Bengals 0 7 6 10 23

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 26 °F (−3 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 61,565
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CIN – Josh Brown 47-yard field goal, 6:20 (CIN 7–10)
  • CIN – Josh Brown 32-yard field goal, 2:29 (CIN 7–13)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens allowed their starters to come out for a few minutes in the first quarter, then played their second-string players for the rest of the game.[citation needed] With the loss to the Bengals, the Ravens finished the season 10–6.

Postseason[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. #5 Indianapolis Colts[edit]

AFC Wild Card Playoffs: #5 Indianapolis Colts at #4 Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 6 3 0 9
Ravens 0 10 7 7 24

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND – Andrew Luck (28–54, 288 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (12–23, 282 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
Ray Lewis lines up in the backfield for the final play of the Ravens' 24–9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the Wildcard Round of the 2012–2013 NFL Playoffs. This would be Lewis' final play in Baltimore.

By winning the AFC North title, the Ravens hosted the Colts — a team that once played in Baltimore until moving to Indianapolis in 1984 — in the Wild Card round. This relocation remains a controversial issue. The Ravens had faced the Colts in the playoffs twice before, losing both times without scoring any touchdowns in divisional rounds: in 2006 and 2009.[citation needed]

The Ravens, with Ray Lewis playing in his final home game,[8] limited the Colts to three field goals while Joe Flacco managed a pair of touchdown throws. The Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was a part of the Ravens coaching staff from 2008 to 2011, serving as defensive coordinator during the 2011 season. The Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was the head coach of the Colts from 2009 to 2011. Before the game Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was hospitalized with an illness.

The win also marked the first time in NFL history that a starting QB has won at least 1 playoff game in his first 5 seasons as Flacco's playoff record improved to 6–4 and the teams' overall record improved to 11–6.[9]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Denver Broncos[edit]

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: #4 Baltimore Ravens at #1 Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
Ravens 14 7 7 7 0 3 38
Broncos 14 7 7 7 0 0 35

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
3rd Quarter
4th Quarter
Overtime
Second overtime
Leading passers
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens faced the Denver Broncos for the second time in the playoffs, having defeated them 21–3 in the 2000 Wild Card playoffs, and also faced Peyton Manning for the third time in a playoff run.

The Broncos clawed to a 35–28 lead but had to punt back to the Ravens in the final two minutes. In the signature play of the game—a deep touchdown strike by Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones which has come to be known as the Mile-High Miracle—the Ravens tied the game after facing a 3rd-and-3, and with only  :41 seconds left in the 4th quarter. After Baltimore tied the game, Manning and the Broncos took a controversial kneel down with 30-seconds left on the clock and two timeouts to take it to overtime. Later in the first overtime Manning was intercepted at his own 45-yard line, setting up the winning Ravens field goal in the opening minute of the second overtime. By improving to 1–2 against Manning in the playoffs, this was the Ravens' first victory against him since the 2001 season when he was with Indianapolis, along with their first-ever road victory against him.[citation needed] Synonymous with the biggest play of the game, this game goes down in Ravens lore as the Mile High Miracle. The victory improved their overall season record to 12–6.

AFC Championship: at #2 New England Patriots[edit]

AFC Championship: #4 Baltimore Ravens at #2 New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 7 14 28
Patriots 3 10 0 0 13

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: January 20, 2013
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 41 °F (5 °C), clear and windy
  • Game attendance: 68,756
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Steve Tasker
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Leading passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco (21–36, 240 yards, 3 TD)
  • NE – Tom Brady (29–54, 320 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)
Leading rushers
Leading receivers
Top tacklers

This was the third time the Ravens faced the Patriots in the playoffs. The Ravens won 33–14 in the 2009 Wild Card playoffs and lost 23–20 in the 2011 AFC Championship game.

With the comeback win after trailing in the first-half, the Ravens not only improved their overall record to 13–6, but also advanced to the Super Bowl for the first time in twelve years.

Super Bowl XLVII: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 7 14 7 6 34
49ers 3 3 17 8 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: February 3, 2013
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 19-yard field goal, 12:57 (BAL 31–23)
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick 15-yard run, two-point conversion attempt failed, 10:04 (BAL 31–29)
  • BAL – Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal, 4:23 (BAL 34–29)
  • SF – Sam Koch ran out of bounds in end zone for a Safety, 0:12 (BAL 34–31)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Ravens advanced to the Super Bowl against the 49ers and were designated the visiting team. After leading the entire game, the Ravens held on at the end, stopping the 49ers on four plays inside their own 10-yard line, then taking an intentional safety with four seconds remaining to milk the clock. During the 3rd quarter of the game, half of the power went out in the Super Dome, leading to over a 30 minute delay in the game. They finished the season with an overall record of 14–6 with their 4–0 playoff run and improved to 2–0 in Super Bowl appearances, handing the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss as a franchise. The Ravens' win also marked the third-straight season in which a team seeded third or lower in its conference would defeat a top-seeded team from the other conference in a Super Bowl.

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Baltimore Ravens(4) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 398 344 L1
Cincinnati Bengals(6) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 391 320 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 336 314 W1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 302 368 L3

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Joe Flacco 3,817 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Joe Flacco 22 TDs
Rushing Yards Ray Rice 1,143 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Ray Rice 9 TDs
Receiving Yards Anquan Boldin 921 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Torrey Smith 8 TDs
Points Justin Tucker 132 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Jacoby Jones 1167 Yards
Punt Return Yards Jacoby Jones 341 Yards
Tackles Bernard Pollard 98 Tackles
Sacks Paul Kruger 9.0 Sacks
Interceptions Cary Williams/Ed Reed 4 INTs

stats values are correct through the end of the regular season. '

League rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 343.2 (19th)
  • Passing (YPG): 241 (15th)
  • Rushing (YPG): 102.4 (23rd)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 372.3 (25th)
  • Passing (YPG): 247 (23rd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 125.8 (23rd)

Stats correct through week 13.

Super Bowl Ring[edit]

Team owner Steve Bisciotti stated during a press conference that the Ravens Super Bowl ring for the 2012 season was going to be white gold instead of yellow gold, at the request of players and coaches.[10] While offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired after a week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins, head coach John Harbaugh stated that Cameron deserves and will receive a Super Bowl ring.[11]

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