The Baltimore Ravens were created in 1996 when former owner Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore. Modell received an immense amount of backlash from the city of Cleveland for this decision, despite the city itself not having the financial means to support the team or the stadium. The Ravens are named after the poem by Edgar Allen Poe.
Baltimore is known for its stout defenses featuring players like Terell Suggs, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most formidable rival of the Ravens.
While Baltimore has been quite successful in their comparatively short tenure, they have also faced adversity with the Ray Rice elevator scandal.
The first ever draft class for the Ravens featured two future hall-of-famers in the first round, offensive lineman Jonothan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis. While the first three years were abysmal for the new team under head coach Ted Marchibroda, this duo, along with new coach Brian Bilick and rookie running back Jamal Lewis, hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in 2000, beating the New York Giants 34-7 only five years after moving to Baltimore.
In 2008, the ravens hired John Harbugh to be their head coach and drafted quarterback Joe Flacco in the first round. Behind their new coach, young play caller, and pro bowl caliber defensive stars, the ravens made the playoffs five consecutive years.
In 2012, Baltimore won their division and earned the 4-seed in the AFC. They went on to beat the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round on the Mile-High Miracle, a Joe Flacco hail mary to Jacoby Jones.
After beating the New England Patriots, they faced the San Francisco 49ers in the "Harbowl", a nickname given to the Super Bowl because of the brother vs. brother head coaching matchup of John and Jim Harbaugh. Despite all the lights in the stadium going out in the second half, the Ravens survived a comeback attempt to win 34-31 and claim the franchises second championship.
Recent seasons have brought about the end of the Joe Flacco regime, with the future focused on the run-pass option offense with quarterback Lamar Jackson.