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The Baltimore Ravens football franchise is based in Baltimore, Maryland. They are a member of the American Football Conference's North Division in the National Football League (NFL). Its triumph over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at the conclusion of the 2000 season remains their best season to date.

Early Ravens History

The Baltimore Ravens came into existence in 1996 when Art Modell relocated the team from Cleveland, and hired Ted Marchibroda as head coach. The home stadium for the Ravens is now known as M&T Bank Stadium.

The 1996 Ravens won their opening game against the Oakland Raiders. However, unable to maintain this trend, they finished the season 4-12.

After three consecutive losing seasons under Marchibroda, Brian Billick took over as head coach in 1999. The Ravens struggled at the beginning of the season, but managed to finish with an 8-8 record.

Due to continual financial hardships, the NFL directed Modell to initiate the sale of his franchise, and April 2004, the NFL approved Steve Bisciotti's purchase of the majority stake in the club.

2000 season - Super Bowl champions

The 2000 season saw the Ravens defense develop into a rock-solid unit that emerged as one of the most formidable defenses in NFL history. The Ravens defense set a new NFL record in holding opposing teams to 165 total points, and made the playoffs for the first time. A 24-10 win over Tennessee put the Ravens in the AFC Championship against the Oakland Raiders, which the Ravens won easily, 16-3.

Baltimore then went to Tampa for Super Bowl XXXV against the New York Giants, cruising to a 34-7 win for their first championship in franchise history. The Ravens became only the third wild card team (and fourth non-division champion) to win a Super Bowl championship. The title made the Ravens the fourth Baltimore-based pro football team to win a league championship.

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In 2001, the Ravens attempted to defend its title, but in the divisional playoff the Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After the 2003 season, Art Modell officially transferred his remaining 51% ownership to Bisciotti, ending over 40 years of tenure as an NFL franchise owner. The Ravens did not make the playoffs in 2004 and finished the season with a record of 9-7, the 2005 season ended a disappointing 6-10.

The 2006 the Ravens ended the regular season with a franchise-best 13-3 record. Baltimore had secured the AFC North title, the #2 AFC playoff seed, and clinched a 1st-round bye by season's end. The Ravens were slated to face the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the playoffs, in the first meeting of the two teams in the playoffs. In one of the most bizarre playoff games in NFL history, both Indianapolis and Baltimore were held to scoring only field goals as the two defenses slugged it out all over M&T Bank Stadium. The eventual Super-Bowl-Champion Colts won 15-6, ending Baltimore's season.

After a stellar 2006 season, the Ravens finished the 2007 season with a disappointing 5-11 record.

In 2008, eight victories in its last ten regular season matches enabled them to clinch the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs. The Ravens fell one victory short of Super Bowl XLIII by losing to the Steelers 23-14.

In 2009, the Ravens just managed to clinch a playoff spot. The Ravens beat the Patriots 33-14 in the AFC Wildcard Round, and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round to play the Indianapolis Colts. Two touchdowns late in the first half gave the Colts a 17-3 lead at intermission, and Baltimore miscues in the second half ensured the end of their season, by a 20-3 score.

 

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