Wrapping up our “Remembering the Regular Season” series is a memory that is yet to turn even a week old. Last Sunday, in week 17, Ray Rice broke touchdown runs of 70 and 51 yards on his way to a 191 yard day that went a long way to helping the Ravens secure their first AFC North division title since 2006. He had 199 total yards from scrimmage on the day, and also cemented his position atop the NFL in that particular statistic.
Joe Flacco was a calm and efficient 15/19 for 130 yards and a touchdown, and Terrell Suggs added to his Defensive Player of the Year application with a crucial forced fumble in the fourth quarter that led directly to Rice’s second long score.
With the win, the Ravens clinched the AFC’s #2 seed, which is the reason we were able to spend some time looking back and enjoying the regular season this week, instead of getting ready for a Wild Card playoff opponent.
While the regular season was a blast, and we had a great time reminiscing about it throughout this week, we all hope the best memories of this season are yet to be forged. The Ravens will take on either the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, or Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday at 1 P.M., when they will try to run their home record to 9-0 on the year and earn their second AFC Championship Game berth in four seasons.
It’s been a well-deserved bye week for both the team and fans. Now let’s go sit back, relax, watch some playoff games, and find out who the next victim will be.