This Sunday will mark the second time in the history of the Baltimore Ravens that a team has reached the Super Bowl.
That 2000 team featured one of the toughest defenses to ever play. Led by Ray Lewis, that Baltimore defense allowed only 970 rushing yards during the regular season, an NFL record for 16 games. Incredibly, that defense allowed a mere five rushing touchdowns all year and scooped up 26 fumbles.
Add on 23 interceptions and the total number of turnovers forced totals 49, which was by far the best total that season. Furthermore, the 2000 Ravens only allowed 165 points all year—an average of 10.5 per game.
On the offensive side of the ball, Trent Dilfer, inserted as the starter midway through the regular season, led a conservative offense that didn’t have to score many points.
While the 2000 Ravens were carried to a Super Bowl by a stifling defense, this year’s Ravens have been led by Joe Flacco and the offense.
Inconsistent at times during the regular season, the offense and Flacco exploded in the playoffs. In Baltimore’s three playoff wins, Flacco has thrown for 853 yards and eight touchdowns.
The defense, while not nearly as tough as previous units, has improved drastically throughout the season.
It’s been 12 years since the Ravens have been to the Super Bowl, and since then Baltimore has transformed from a brick wall defense to a high-powered offense.
Here is a comparison of the two Super Bowl teams in Baltimore Ravens history.