It’s been exactly 11 years to the day since the Baltimore Ravens captured their first and only Lombardi Trophy in franchise-history, defeating the New York Giants, 34-7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
Had it not been for a 97-yard kickoff return by Ron Dixon midway through the third quarter, the Ravens would have been the first and only team in NFL history to shutout an opponent in the Super Bowl era.
In a number of ways, it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago.
But in others, it feels like an eternity ago.
The Ravens had been around just five years in Baltimore and while the fanfare was strong, it was nothing like it is currently.
It’s bitter sweet.
Rather than a Super Bowl XLII rematch between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, we in the Charm City would have preferred to see a Super Bowl XXXV rematch.