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A History: Jets vs. Ravens

Larry French

The Ravens lead the all-time series 7-1, while outscoring the Jets 171-108 in the process.

November 2, 1997: The New York Jets (5-3) hosted the Baltimore Ravens (4-4) in the first ever meeting between the two foes. Neil O'Donnell connecting with Fred Baxter in the first quarter got New York off to a fast 7-0 start... The pace of the game then slowed. Vinny Testaverde and the Ravens were able to drive against the Jets defense, however could not turn the series' into touchdowns, settling for two Matt Stover field goals, cutting the lead to 7-6 to close out the first quarter. The battle of the field goal kickers continued into and through the second and third quarters, as Stover and New York kicker John Hall proved their worth. After yet another Hall field goal stretched the lead to 16-9, V-V-V-Vinny and the Ravens marched down the field, where they scored the game-tying touchdown on a 16-yard pass to Derrick Alexander. In overtime the Jets—who had been out gained in yards by double—were able to muster up enough offense to work their way into field goal range. Hall, who had been 3-4 kicking on the day, drove the ball from 37 yards away through the uprights, giving the Jets their first and still only victory over the Ravens in franchise history.

December 24, 2000: The Jets (9-6) traveled to Baltimore to face the Ravens (11-4). Going up against a dominant defense, Testaverde, now donning the green and white uniform, led the Jets to a pair of quick strikes, converting touchdown passes to both Dedric Ward and Richie Anderson. 14-0 Jets. Things did not go so well for New York in the second quarter. After Trent Dilfer led off the Ravens comeback with a seven yard touchdown pass to Qadry Ismail, Baltimore kicker Matt Stover drilled a 42-yard field goal, cutting the Jet lead to four. The stout Ravens defense continued in quarter when they converted a safety, making it a 14-12 game, after pinning the Jets deep in their own territory. Testaverde and the Jets responded, however, as they were able to drive all the way into the red zone. Looking to extend their lead to two scores, Testaverde was picked off at the Ravens two-yard line by Chris McAlister, who returned the interception 98 yards for the score and the lead. While the Jets had cut the lead to three in the third quarter, Baltimore return man Jermaine Lewis returned a pair of punts, 54 and 89 yards in the third and fourth quarters, for touchdowns and the future Super Bowl champion Ravens walked away with the victory.

November 14, 2004: The Jets (10-5) hosted the Ravens (8-7) at the Meadowlands, as Baltimore was favored by one point. After a scoreless first, action picked up in the second quarter when New York running back Curtis Martin rushed for not one but two scores, part of his 119 yard day in the backfield. The Ravens, now with another quarterback in Kyle Boller, struck back, as Boller found Clarence Moore six yards out for the touchdown. After a fairly quiet third—the only points coming on one Matt Stover field goal—Baltimore took the lead in the fourth quarter when Boller connected with Moore for the second time on the afternoon. Quincy Carter, who started at quarterback for the injured Chad Pennington, was able to get the Jets down the field, where Doug Brien kicked the game-tying field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation. In overtime the New York offense was much ado about nothing, as they went three and out in their first two possessions. After being forced into a 3rd and 14, Kyle Boller completed a huge 10 yard pass, putting Baltimore into field goal range. From 42 yards out, Matt Stover became the hero of the day as he kicked the Ravens to another win over New York.

September 13, 2010: The Jets (0-0) and Ravens (0-0) kicked off the season at brand new MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football. After reaching the AFC Championship Game the season prior and adding cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wideout Santonio Holmes in the offseason, New York entered the year with lofty expectations. After a pair of Nick Folk field goals in the first gave the Jets a 6-0 lead, it appeared that the defense had forced Baltimore to settle for three in the second quarter. However it was on a Billy Cundiff field goal attempt where Braylon Edwards was called for running into the kicker, giving the Ravens new life. Baltimore was once again helped by a Jets penalty, this time a pass interference call on rookie corner Kyle Wilson in the end zone, giving the Ravens an opportunity to score from the one-yard line, which they subsequently did on a rushing touchdown from Willis McGahee. With only a few minutes to go, now trailing 10-9, Mark Sanchez and the Jets looked to pull off a successful comeback. Sanchez appeared to have converted a first down on a big 3rd and 10, but Dustin Keller was crushed by Ray Lewis and the pass was incomplete. On 4th down, Sanchez went to Keller again, who held onto the ball this time but ran out of bounds, untouched, a yard shy of the first down. Baltimore kneeled out the clock and the Jets started their 2010 season—in which they went 11-5 and wound up back in the AFC Title Game—at 0-1.

Rex Ryan and the Jets as a franchise have never had any semblance of success when it comes to facing the Baltimore Ravens. After winning their first ever meeting in 1997, New York is 0-7 since. The 5-5 Jets now travel into Baltimore to face the 4-6 Ravens, who are nipping at their heels for the final playoff spot in the AFC. It will be interesting to see if Rex and safety Ed Reed can finally get their first victories against their former squad.