As crazy as it sounds, the Baltimore Ravens are in the Super Bowl. In only four days, this team will have the opportunity to play for their second title and complete a shocking playoff run that was almost entirely unexpected.
Even the most diehard fans probably didn't see this one coming. Though the Ravens were favored at home in the Wild Card round, beyond that their road to New Orleans was extremely difficult. They had to beat not one but two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks on the road.
Yet the Ravens disposed of both, beating Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos in a classic double-overtime match during the Divisional Round. They then went into Foxborough and after a close first half, shut out Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the second half.
Obviously it's been a long and hard road for the Ravens to get the Super Bowl. While the final result is not yet known, it's amazing to look back and see all the little things that fell into place to get the Ravens where they are today—from their preseason preparation in July, to close regular-season victories to even the losses that helped to bring this team together.
Here is the timeline for the Ravens' Super Bowl run with an emphasis on the events were instrumental to bringing the Ravens to New Orleans. This is the story of the 2012 Baltimore Ravens and how this unlikely team became a Super Bowl contender.