Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/7/13
Historically, when we look back at the Baltimore Ravens triumphant march through the 2013 playoffs en route to their high drama victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, we will make one important parallel with the franchise’s first and only other Super Bowl trip back in 2001 as follows:  In each of four consecutive playoff games culminating with the grandest showcase in all of sports, national consensus sided with the opposing team and not the Ravens as the favorite to win.Twelve years ago this was largely explained by the fact that the Ravens were not equipped with a high powered offense, and even though they entered the playoffs winners of seven straight, surely without the ability to score points in a hurry or march down the field in the fourth quarter to tie a game, their favorable bounces and reliance on defense would have to reach an inevitable breaking point.Despite this overwhelming national line of thought, that inevitable breaking point was never reached. ...
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