The Baltimore Ravens ride to Super Bowl XLVII has not been smooth from start to the Superdome.
They opened the 2012-13 campaign as one of the hottest teams in the league, jumping out to a 5-2 record, but then things began to come off the tracks.
First, the Ravens had lost arguably their best cornerback, Lardarius Webb, and their inspirational leader in star linebacker Ray Lewis in Week 6. Although they continued to come out with wins, the Ravens were struggling just to beat the lesser lights in the AFC.
Despite a gaudy 8-2 record, the Ravens looked far from a powerhouse. Following back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh (at home) and Washington, head coach John Harbaugh decided to make a change, firing longtime offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. It's not often that a 9-4 team with a playoff berth in shouting distances makes such a bold move, but it paid off for Harbaugh and the Ravens. On the eve of the playoffs, Lewis announced that he'd be retiring as soon as the team was eliminated. Against all odds (and against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady), his "last ride" has gone longer than anticipated.
With Jim Caldwell holding the reins of the offense, Joe Flacco produced one of the best postseasons in NFL history by a quarterback as the Ravens won the AFC title. His game-saving, 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round will go down as one of the most memorable plays in franchise history.
Before the Super Bowl kicks off, relive the Ravens ride to New Orleans.