John Simon (linebacker)
John Simon is an American football defensive end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Ohio State, was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he has played for the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. Simon was born in Ohio, he played high school football for the Mooney Cardinals of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the class of 2009, Simon chose Ohio State over offers from Nebraska, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. He played in the 2009 U. S. Army All-American Bowl. Simon attended Ohio State University, played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2009 to 2012; as a senior in 2012, he was named the Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year, received first-team All-Big Ten honors. He was named a third-team All-American selection by the Associated Press, he finished his career with 20.5 quarterback sacks. Simon was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round, with the 129th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He signed a four-year, $2.545 million contract on May 21, 2013. On August 30, 2014, Simon was waived by the Ravens and was signed to the practice squad the next day. On October 7, 2014, Simon was signed by the Houston Texans off the Ravens' practice squad. On October 9, 2014, Simon recorded his first NFL sack against the Indianapolis Colts. On March 16, 2016, Simon signed a restricted free agent tender with the Texans. In Simon's third season, he recorded 1 fumble recovery and 5 sacks. On March 10, 2017, the Indianapolis Colts signed Simon to a three-year, $13.5 million contract. He started nine games for the Colts in 2017 before being placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017 with a shoulder injury. On September 1, 2018, Simon was released by the Colts. On September 26, 2018, Simon was signed by the New England Patriots. Simon finished the 2018 season with 2 sacks. Simon helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII where they beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. On March 13, 2019, Simon signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots.
Ohio State Buckeyes bio Baltimore Ravens bio Houston Texans bio Indianapolis Colts bio
Super Bowl XLVII
Super Bowl XLVII was an American football game between the American Football Conference champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football Conference champion San Francisco 49ers to decide the National Football League champion for the 2012 season. The Ravens defeated the 49ers by the score of 34-31, handing the 49ers their first Super Bowl loss in franchise history; the game was played on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This was the tenth Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans, equaling Miami's record of ten in an individual city; this was the first Super Bowl to be held in New Orleans since Super Bowl XXXVI and it was the first to be played in that city since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the game featured two brothers coaching against each other—Jim and John Harbaugh, head coaches of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, respectively—earning it the nickname Har-bowl. In addition, Super Bowl XLVII was the first to feature two teams that had undefeated records in previous Super Bowl games.
The 49ers, who posted a regular-season record of 11–4–1, entered the game seeking their sixth Super Bowl win in team history, which would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most by a franchise. The Ravens, who posted a 10–6 regular-season record, made their second Super Bowl appearance in 12 years, having won Super Bowl XXXV. Ray Lewis, the Most Valuable Player from that game, as well as the last remaining member of the inaugural Ravens roster from 1996 played in this game, his last before his retirement from professional football. Baltimore built a 28–6 lead early in the third quarter before a partial power outage in the Superdome suspended play for 34 minutes. After play resumed, San Francisco scored 17 unanswered third-quarter points to cut the Ravens' lead to 28–23, continued to chip away in the fourth quarter. With the Ravens leading late in the game, 34–29, the 49ers advanced to the Baltimore 7-yard line just before the two-minute warning but turned the ball over on downs; the Ravens took an intentional safety in the waning moments of the game to preserve the victory.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, became the fourth quarterback in a row to be named Super Bowl MVP, after Drew Brees at Super Bowl XLIV, Aaron Rodgers at Super Bowl XLV, Eli Manning at Super Bowl XLVI. As of 2019, this marks both the last time a Super Bowl didn't feature Tom Brady or Peyton Manning and the last time the AFC was represented by a team other than the Patriots or Broncos in a Super Bowl. CBS broadcast the game in the U. S. and charged an average of $4 million for a 30-second commercial during the game, the highest rate for any Super Bowl. According to Nielsen, Super Bowl XLVII was viewed by an estimated average of 108.69 million people in the United States, with a record 164.1 million tuning into at least six minutes of the game. Beyoncé performed in the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, which featured a reunion with fellow Destiny's Child alumnae Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; the game marked the first Super Bowl in which both of the teams had appeared in, but had not yet lost a previous Super Bowl.
This phenomenon can only be repeated if either the Ravens or the New York Jets play against either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the New Orleans Saints in a subsequent Super Bowl. Baltimore's victory made them the only current NFL franchise to have appeared in at least two Super Bowls without losing any of their appearances. Three cities presented bids for the game: New Orleans, on behalf of Mercedes-Benz Superdome Glendale, Arizona, on behalf of University of Phoenix Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida, on behalf of Sun Life StadiumThe league selected the New Orleans bid during the NFL's Spring Ownership Meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on May 19, 2009; this was the tenth time that the city has hosted the Super Bowl, by far the most by an individual city and once again tying with the Miami area for the most Super Bowls hosted by a metropolitan area. It was the first Super Bowl to be held in New Orleans since the Superdome sustained damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as since the naming rights of the Superdome were sold to Mercedes-Benz while it was undergoing a major renovation in 2011, including the addition of Champions Square.
New Orleans artist Ally Burguieres was selected to design the official medallion for Super Bowl XLVII, included on beads to commemorate the Mardi Gras tradition. Because of the February 3 date of Super Bowl XLVII, the 2013 Mardi Gras calendar in Orleans Parish was changed. Parades scheduled for February 3 and before were moved ahead one week; the same situation occurred in 2002 when the 9/11 attacks caused a one-week delay in the 2001 NFL season, resulting in the Super Bowl XXXVI falling within the Mardi Gras parade calendar. This was the 49ers' second Super Bowl played at the Superdome—the first being Super Bowl XXIV when they beat the Denver Broncos 55–10; the 49ers and New England Patriots are the only teams so far to play two or more Super Bowls at the Superdome. The 49ers joined the Broncos and the Colts in playing two Super Bowls at two different stadiums; the 49ers won Super Bowls XXIX in Miami at what is now known as Hard Rock Stadium. Super Bowl XLVII earned many nicknames, including the "Bro Bowl", "Har-Bowl", "HarBowl", "Super Baugh", "Brot
A wide receiver referred to as wideouts or receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, is a key player. They get their name because they are split out "wide". Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field; the wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist. The wide receiver's principal role is to catch passes from the quarterback. On passing plays, the receiver attempts to avoid, outmaneuver, or outrun defenders in the area of his pass route. If the receiver becomes open, or has an unobstructed path to the destination of a catch, he may become the quarterback's target. Once a pass is thrown in his direction, the receiver's goal is to first catch the ball and attempt to run downfield; some receivers are perceived as a deep threat because of their flat-out speed, while others may be possession receivers known for not dropping passes, running crossing routes across the middle of the field, converting third down situations. A receiver's height contributes to their expected role.
A wide receiver has two potential roles during running plays. In the case of draw plays and other trick plays, he may run a pass route with the intent of drawing off defenders. Alternatively, he may block for the running back. Well-rounded receivers are noted for blocking defensive backs in support of teammates in addition to their pass-catching abilities. Sometimes wide receivers are used to run the ball in some form of an end-around or reverse; this can be effective because the defense does not expect them to be the ball carrier on running plays. For example, wide receiver Jerry Rice rushed the ball 87 times for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 20 NFL seasons. In rarer cases, receivers may pass the ball as part of a trick play. A receiver can pass the ball so long as they receive the ball behind the line of scrimmage, in the form of a handoff or backwards lateral; this sort of trick play is employed with a receiver who has past experience playing quarterback at a lower level, such as high school, or sometimes, college.
Antwaan Randle El threw a touchdown pass at the wide receiver position in Super Bowl XL playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks. Antwaan Randle El played quarterback for four years at Indiana University. Wide receivers also serve on special teams as kick returners or punt returners, as gunners on kick coverage teams, or as part of the hands team during onside kicks. On errant passes, receivers must play a defensive role by attempting to prevent an interception. If a pass is intercepted, receivers must use their speed to chase down and tackle the ball carrier to prevent him from returning the ball for a long gain or a touchdown. In the NFL, wide receivers can use the numbers 10–19 and 80–89; the wide receiver grew out of a position known as the end. The ends played on the offensive line next to the tackles. By the rules governing the forward pass and backs are eligible receivers. Most early football teams used the ends as receivers sparingly, as their position left them in heavy traffic with many defenders around.
By the 1930s, some teams were experimenting with moving one end far out near the sideline, to make them more open to receive passes. These split ends became the prototype for the modern wide receiver. Don Hutson, who played college football at Alabama and professionally with the Green Bay Packers, was the first player to exploit the potentials of the split end position, is credited as inventing the wide receiver position; as the passing game evolved, a second wide receiver position was added. While it is possible to move the opposite end out wide for a second split end position most teams preferred to leave that end in close to provide extra blocking protection on the quarterback's blind side; that player was playing the modern day tight end position. Instead of moving the blind side end out, one of the three running backs was split wide instead, creating the flanker position; the flanker lined up off the line of scrimmage like a running back or quarterback, but split outside like a split end.
Lining up behind the line of scrimmage gave flankers some advantages. Flankers have more "space" between themselves and a pressing defensive back, so cornerbacks can not as "jam" them at the line of scrimmage; this is in addition to being eligible for motion plays, allowing for the flanker to move laterally before and during the snap. Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch is one of the earliest players to exploit the potentials of the flanker position as a member of the Los Angeles Rams during the 1950s. While some teams did experiment with more than two wide receivers as a gimmick or trick play, most teams used the pro set as the standard set of offensive personnel. An early innovator, coach Sid Gillman used 3+ wide receiver sets as early as the 1960s. In sets that have three, four, or five wide receivers, extra receivers are called slot receivers, as they play in the "slot" between the furthest receiver and the offensive line. In most situations, the slot receiver lines
Fullback (gridiron football)
A fullback is a position in the offensive backfield in American and Canadian football, is one of the two running back positions along with the halfback. Fullbacks are larger than halfbacks and in most offensive schemes their duties are split between power running, pass catching, blocking for both the quarterback and the other running back. Many great runners in the history of American football have been fullbacks, including Jim Brown, Marion Motley, Jim Taylor, Franco Harris, Larry Csonka, John Riggins, Christian Okoye, Levi Jackson. However, many of these runners would retroactively be labeled as halfbacks, due to their position as the primary ball carrier. Examples of players who have excelled at the hybrid running-blocking-pass catching role include Mike Alstott, Daryl Johnston, Lorenzo Neal. In the days before two platoons, the fullback was the team's punter and drop kicker; when at the beginning of the 20th century, a penalty was introduced for hitting the opposing kicker after a kick, the foul was at first called "running into the fullback", inasmuch as the deepest back did the kicking.
Before the emergence of the T-formation in the 1940s, most teams used four offensive backs, lined up behind the offensive line, on every play: a quarterback, two halfbacks, a fullback. The quarterback began each play a quarter of the way "back" behind the offensive line, the halfbacks began each play side by side and halfway "back" behind the offensive line, the fullback began each play the farthest "back" behind the offensive line; each offensive back was known by a position name that described his relative distance behind the offensive line. As the quarterback was the offensive back who first touched the ball after the snap, quarterbacks were the offensive back most to pass the ball, although any eligible player may do so; as the game evolved and alternate formations came in and out of fashion, halfbacks emerged as the offensive back most to run the ball, again, any eligible player may do so. "Halfback" came to be synonymous with "running back". Fullbacks were used as blocking backs with only occasional ball carrying duties.
As formations began to favor placing the blocking back ahead of/ closer to the line of scrimmage than the running back, these blocking backs retained the name "fullback" though they were closer to the offensive line than the halfback. "Fullback" became a misnomer, the term "halfback" declined in usage, replaced variously with the more descriptive term "tailback" or the generic term "running back". In the modern game, when the quarterback is under center, the fullback most lines up directly behind the quarterback and in front of the halfback or tailback; the fullback position has seen a decline in recent time, with only 17 full time fullbacks playing in 2016. The trend can be traced back to teams choosing to pass more, the use of the 11 personnel, the use of h-backs. Fullbacks are known less for speed and agility and more for muscularity and the ability to shed tackles. In the modern NFL, while deployed as ball carriers, are primarily a lead blocker to allow running backs to get to the secondary of the opposing team's defense.
In the early 2000s, many NFL teams used blocking fullbacks, such as Tony Richardson and Lorenzo Neal, with great success. These backs cleared the way for some of the decade's great running backs; some teams have phased the fullback position out of their offense altogether, with those teams either all but eschewing the I-formation, or instead utilizing either a tight end, h-back, or backup running back in the role. There are still fullbacks who remaining prominent in the NFL, among them Aaron Ripkowski, Andy Janovich, Jamize Olawale, James Develin, John Kuhn, Tommy Bohanon, Patrick DiMarco, Mike Tolbert, Kyle Juszczyk, Marcel Reece. However, in spite of their infrequent carries in modern NFL offenses, some fullbacks have led their team in rushing – notably, Le'Ron McClain was the rushing leader for the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and Tony Richardson led the Kansas City Chiefs in rushing in 2000. Former Browns running back Peyton Hillis started his NFL career as a fullback before being converted into a halfback.
Although technically a running back fullbacks are valued for their blocking in most modern-day offenses. The most common and simple runs, the Dive and the Blast, both employ the fullback as the primary blocker to "make way" for the halfback. In the flexbone formation, the fullback can be used as the primary rushing threat. In many other offensive schemes, the fullback is used as a receiver when the defense blitzes. In selected plays, some teams will have a defensive lineman report as an eligible receiver to line up as a fullback or tight end in a "Miami" package in goalline formation. Examples of such players who have been used as situational fullbacks include Haloti Ngata, Dontari Poe, Jared Allen while with the Kansas City Chiefs, Richard Seymour while with the New England Patriots, Isaac Sopoaga while with the San Francisco 49ers, while Dan Klecko and Nikita Whitlock have played both as a defensive tackle and fullback. Defensive Tackle William "The Refrigerator" Perry scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XX from the fullback position.
Most teams in the NFL do not have a substitute fullback. The role can be filled by backup or number three or four tight ends or bigger and less-frequently-used running backs. Defensive
2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team
The 2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Brian Kelly and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana, they competed as an independent. Despite starting the season unranked, the Fighting Irish ended the regular season with a 12–0 record. Led by Heisman Trophy finalist and Butkus Award winner Manti Te'o, the Irish finished with the number one defense in the country, giving up just 10.3 points per game. They played in the BCS National Championship Game with a chance to win their first national title since 1988 but were defeated by the Alabama Crimson Tide. All wins in the 2012 and 2013 seasons as well as the national championship appearance were vacated for use of ineligible players. Notre Dame had 4 players selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. In the 1st round, the Arizona Cardinals selected Michael Floyd and the Minnesota Vikings selected Harrison Smith. In the 5th round, the Vikings selected Robert Blanton and the San Francisco 49ers selected Darius Fleming.
Senior quarterback Dayne Crist was granted a release from the team by Brian Kelly to explore transfer options in December 2011. He decided to join Charlie Weis, at the University of Kansas. Aaron Lynch transferred out of the program to USF. Cornerback Tee Shepherd left the school less than two months after his early enrollment. Jordan Prestwood, an offensive tackle who transferred from FSU, sat out the 2011 season, was eligible to play in 2012, departed the team. Brad Carrico departed the team after a foot injury and was granted a medical hardship after failing to recover from a foot surgery. Amir Carlisle, a freshman Running Back for USC, transferred to Notre Dame in January; the NCAA approved his waiver request in March. Notre Dame lost a few coaches to other schools in the off season. Running Backs coach Tim Hinton and Offensive Line and Run game coordinator Ed Warriner left to take positions with Ohio State University. Offensive coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Charley Molnar left to take the head coach position at University of Massachusetts.
There were coaching changes within the staff. Bob Diaco became assistant head coach. Chuck Martin took over as Quarterbacks coach. Scott Booker came down from being an intern to Tight Special Teams Coach. There were some outside hires to fill positions on the staff as well. Bob Elliott was hired from Iowa State to coach the safeties, Harry Hiestand was hired from Tennessee to be offensive line coach and Run Game Coordinator. Brian Kelly received 17 commitments in his second full recruiting class; those include commitments from three early-enrollees: defensive tackle Sheldon Day, quarterback Gunner Kiel, cornerback Tee Shepard. Irish running backs Theo Riddick and George Atkinson both ran for two scores and defensive end Stephon Tuitt returned a fumble 77 yards for another TD as Notre Dame routed Navy 50–10 in Notre Dame's season opener in Ireland. A crowd of 49,000 visiting Americans, filled Dublin's Aviva Stadium for the first U. S. college game in Ireland since 1996, when the same two teams played in the Emerald Isle Classic at Croke Park.
The Fighting Irish dominated the game, running the ball for 293 yards and 6.4 yards per carry against Navy's defense. Riddick gained 107 yards on 19 carries, Atkinson 99 yards on just nine carries. Irish quarterback Everett Golson, making his first start, put the Fighting Irish up 27–0 with a 5-yard end zone jump ball to tight end Tyler Eifert, who beat two smaller Navy defenders. Navy managed a 26-yard field goal before halftime and opened the second half with a nifty three-pass drive capped by Shawn Lynch's 25-yard grab to make it 27–10 but could get no closer. Notre Dame's defensive leader, inside linebacker Manti Te'o, recovered one fumble and intercepted Navy quarterback Trey Miller's final pass of the day, an underthrown ball into triple coverage, they were his first fumble recovery and interception of his four-year Notre Dame career. Irish starters Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese did not make the trip due to violating team and university rules regarding an off campus incident with Indiana police last Spring.
Cierre Wood, Notre Dame's starting running back from a year ago did not play due to being suspended the first two games of the season for violating team rules. The game was tied to an Irish tourism initiative called The Gathering, which seeks to encourage members of the Irish diaspora to visit their ancestral home in 2013. Unlike the 1996 meeting, the 2012 game was aired live in parts of Europe as well as the U. S. Following Notre Dame's dominant performance against Navy, the Irish found themselves in a dogfight versus their in-state rival Purdue, a team they had beaten soundly the year before 38–10. After a scoreless first quarter, Irish quarterback Everett Golson led the Irish on an 88-yard scoring play in the second quarter with three big third-down conversions to take a 7–0 lead. Golson scrambled on the first one, avoided two rushers and hit tight end Troy Niklas on a 30-yard pass. Three plays on another third down, he found DaVaris Daniels behind the Boilermaker defense for a 41-yard gain to the 9.
On a third-and-goal, Golson rolled right and made a dive for the end zone as he was being hit right at the goal line. Officials ruled him out of bounds, but after a video review the call on the field was reversed and he was awarded a touchdown because he hit the pylon; the Boilermakers alternated quarterbacks Caleb Robert Marve throughout the game. Marve led the Boilermakers on a quick 58-yard scoring drive at the end of the first half that started with Raheem
Super Bowl XXXV
Super Bowl XXXV was an American football game between the American Football Conference champion Baltimore Ravens and the National Football Conference champion New York Giants to decide the National Football League champion for the 2000 season. The Ravens defeated the Giants by the score of 34–7, tied for the seventh largest Super Bowl margin of victory with Super Bowl XXXVII; the game was played on January 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Ravens, who posted a 12–4 regular season record, became the third wild card team to win the Super Bowl and the second in four years; the city of Baltimore had its first Super Bowl title since the Baltimore Colts' triumph thirty years prior and became the first city to win major professional football championships with four franchises, the others being the Colts, the 1985 Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League and the 1995 Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League. The Giants entered the game seeking to go 3–0 in Super Bowls after finishing the regular season with a 12–4 record.
Baltimore allowed only 152 yards of offense by New York, recorded 4 sacks, forced 5 turnovers. All 16 of the Giants' possessions ended with punts or interceptions, with the exception of the last one, which ended when time expired in the game. New York's lone touchdown, a 97-yard kickoff return, was answered by Baltimore on an 84-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff; the Giants became the first team since the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII to not score an offensive touchdown and the fifth overall Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who made 3 solo tackles, 2 assists, blocked 4 passes, was named Super Bowl MVP. NFL owners awarded Super Bowl XXXV to Tampa during their 1996 meeting in New Orleans. Tampa became the fourth metropolitan area to host the game at least three times, joining New Orleans and Los Angeles. Other cities under consideration at the meeting were Miami and Los Angeles. Owners planned on selecting only two hosts, but decided to name three after strong showings by the respective delegations.
Tampa was promised a Super Bowl after committing to the construction of a new stadium. Miami and Tampa were selected to host XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV, respectively; the Ravens entered the game with the second-best defense in allowing yards in the league, with the fewest points allowed and the fewest rushing yards allowed during the regular season. At the time, they were the only team to hold the opposition to under 1,000 yards rushing in a season since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978. Baltimore's 165 points allowed broke the record set by the 1986 Chicago Bears, who had given up 187 points; the Ravens' defense had held their opponents to 10 or fewer points in 11 games, including four shutouts. The defense was led by a trio of outstanding linebackers: Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper, Ray Lewis. During the regular season, Boulware recorded 7 sacks, while Sharper forced 5 fumbles and made one interception. Lewis was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by recording 3 sacks, making 138 tackles, intercepting 2 passes.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams and veteran Tony Siragusa anchored the defensive line, along with defensive ends Rob Burnett and Pro Bowler Michael McCrary. Baltimore had an outstanding corps of defensive backs led by Pro Bowl veteran safety Rod Woodson, who along with Kim Herring, Duane Starks, Chris McAlister combined for 17 interceptions. On offense, the Ravens' main strength was led by rookie Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes. Tight end Shannon Sharpe recorded 67 receptions for 810 yards and 5 touchdowns. Receiver Qadry Ismail added 49 receptions for four touchdowns; the offensive line was anchored by tackle Jonathan Ogden, named to the Pro Bowl for the 4th consecutive season. On special teams, Jermaine Lewis ranked second in the NFL with 36 punt returns for 578 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 19 passes for 161 yards and another score. Kicker Matt Stover led the NFL in field goals made and attempted, while ranking 7th in field goal percentage and second in scoring. However, the Baltimore offense was mediocre, ranking only 13th in the league in scoring, 16th in total yards, 23rd in passing yards.
The team had a lot of trouble scoring, at one point they went through five games without scoring an offensive touchdown. But they managed to regroup, as head coach Brian Billick forbade anyone to use the "P-word" until the team played in it; the Ravens' outspoken defensive lineman, Tony Siragusa, did utter the word "playoffs" on two separate occasions and was fined, albeit a measly sum of $500. Since the fine were symbolic and playful, Billick explained himself by saying, "He got a $400 fine for doing it on national television and $100 for doing it on his radio show; the reason being because no one listens to his show anyway." In place of the "P-word", the word "Festivus" was used, the December 23 secular holiday featured in an episode of the popular American television sitcom Seinfeld (the Ravens organization played along with this theme for that year's playoffs by showing a clip
2012 Baltimore Ravens season
The 2012 Baltimore Ravens season was the team's 17th season in the National Football League. While the Ravens failed to improve on their 12–4 record from 2011, they did still manage to clinch the AFC North division title in Week 16 and finish the regular season with a 10–6 record, sending them to their fifth straight playoffs, where they advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive season, to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2000, they won 34 -- 31 against the San Francisco 49ers. It was the first time in franchise history; this marks head coach John Harbaugh's fifth season as the head coach of the franchise and fifth consecutive post-season appearance. The Ravens played their home games at M&T Bank Stadium; the Ravens dedicated their season to former owner and founder Art Modell, who died on September 6, 2012. On Week 1, all team members wore an "Art" decal on their helmets, for the rest of their season, they wore an "Art" patch on the left side of their jerseys. Ray Lewis, the last remaining member of the original Ravens roster from 1996 and the 2000 Super Bowl championship team, announced just after the regular season finale before the playoffs that he would be retiring after the conclusion of the season.
Following three playoff matchups including a thrilling 38–35 double OT victory against the top-seeded Denver Broncos, his final game was a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Lewis is believed by many as the greatest Raven of all time and led the Ravens to Super Bowl XXXV in what was just their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Additions: S Sean Considine, CB Corey Graham, WR Jacoby Jones, DT Ryan McBean, DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, S James Ihedigbo Losses: OLB Jarret Johnson, DE Cory Redding, G Ben Grubbs, S Haruki Nakamura, S Tom Zbikowski, DT Brandon McKinney Re-signed Players: ILB Jameel McClain, ILB Brendon Ayanbadejo, RB Ray Rice, CB Lardarius Webb Releases: CB Domonique Foxworth, CB Chris Carr, WR Lee Evans, K Billy Cundiff Round 1 pick 29 traded. Notes ^ The team traded its first-round selection to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the #35 overall selection in the second round, as well as the Vikings' fourth-round selection. ^ The team traded up from its original third-round selection to the #84 overall selection giving the Atlanta Falcons their fifth-round pick.
^ The team traded its original fourth-round selection to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for wide receiver Lee Evans. ^ Compensatory selection. Source at the Wayback Machine Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text; the Ravens started their season at home against the Bengals. They jumped out to a 3–0 lead in the first quarter with Justin Tucker's 46-yard field goal; this was followed up by Ray Rice's 7-yard run to make the score 10–0. The Bengals got on the board in the 2nd quarter with Mike Nugent's 34-yard field goal to shorten the lead to 10–3. However, the Ravens were able to pull away as Joe Flacco found Anquan Boldin on a 34-yard touchdown pass to move ahead 17–3; the Bengals responded coming within 7 when Benjarvus Green-Ellis ran for a 6-yard touchdown making the score 17–10 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the Bengals were able to get within 4 points with Nugent kicking a 19-yard field goal shortening the Ravens' lead to 4 17–13. However, the Ravens overpowered the Bengals scoring 27 unanswered points as Flacco found Dennis Pitta on a 10-yard pass to move ahead 24–13 followed up by Tucker scoring a 40-yard field goal moving them ahead 27–13.
This was followed by an Ed Reed interception, returned 34 yards for a touchdown moving the team ahead 34–13. In the 4th quarter, the Ravens scored again off of Rice's 1-yard run for a 41–13 lead and finished the game off of Tucker's 39-yard field goal to make the final score 44–13. Ed Reed returned an interception for a 34-yard touchdown, making Reed the all-time leader in career interception return yards with 1,497; the previous record of 1,483 yards was held by Rod Woodson. Baltimore took the lead in the second quarter and held it for most of the game, but with 1:57 remaining in the fourth quarter Michael Vick ran for a one-yard touchdown. With the surprising loss, the Ravens fell to 1–1; this game was played in the shadow of the death of WR Torrey Smith's brother, who had died in a motorcycle crash the night before. The Ravens entered the game hoping to be able to avenge the AFC Championship loss of the previous season, which came at the hands of the Patriots. New England started off fast; however Baltimore scored 2 straight touchdowns to take the lead with 1:47 left to go in the half.
Brady scored a touchdown right at the end of the half to retake the lead 20–14. The second half started off with a touchdown pass from Flacco to Dennis Pitta to put the Ravens on top 21–20; the Patriots retook the lead when Tom Brady scored a touchdown. After that the Baltimore defense held the Pats to a field goal; the momentum shifted as Baltimore scored a touchdown. After forcing a Patriots punt, the Ravens drove down the field to score a field goal as time expired to win the game 31–30; the Ravens avenged the AFC Championship loss and improved to 2–1 and continued their unbeaten record at home from the previous year along with continuing their streak of winning after a loss. Based on Torrey Smith's performance through personal hardship, this game was ranked #9 on NFL.com's Top 20 NFL Games of 2012 as Showing Up. Smith finishes with six receptions for two touchdowns; this game was remembered for 2 controversial incidents. Late in the 4th quarter, with New England leading 30-2