For the quarterback-centric media, a Super Bowl win for the Ravens this season would focus a lot on Joe Flacco – who’s been victorious in the postseason three straight years – when there would actually be more compelling Super Bowl XLVI journeys to highlight. Let’s see how close some Ravens have been.
Chris Carr: Ravens 13, Titans 10 (AFC Divsional Round; Saturday, January 10, 2009). The 13-3 Titans knocked out by Harbaugh’s Ravens.
Ed Reed: Steelers 23, Ravens 14 (AFC Championship Game; Sunday, January 18, 2009). Drafted by the Ravens in 2002, Reed’s going to the Hall of Fame either way but it would be great for him, Ray Lewis, Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs to get a Championship in their late years with the Ravens.
Anquan Boldin: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 (Super Bowl XLIV; Sunday, February 1, 2009). The Steelers have eliminated the teams Boldin has played on in both of his postseason appearances (he was injured for the 2009 Cardinals postseason run).
Ricky Williams: Ravens 27, Dolphins 9 (AFC Wild Card Round; Sunday, January 4, 2009). Another one knocked out by the Ravens.
Bryant McKinnie: Saints 31, Vikings 28 OT (NFC Championship Game; Sunday, January 24, 2010). It’s hard to imagine a more heartbreaking, controversial playoff loss, except maybe the next one.
Matt Birk: Falcons 30, Vikings 27 OT (NFC Championship Game; Sunday, January 17, 1999). Birk was the 2nd-string center, in his rookie season, but was there for one of the most devastating postseason losses in NFL history. The 16-1 Vikings and their record-breakingly-perfect-to-that-point kicker lost to the Falcons in Minnesota.
Billy Cundiff lost playoff games with Dallas and New Orleans. Bernard Pollard has played with the Chiefs and Texans but was a back-up for the only playoff game he’s played in his rookie 2006 season. Likewise, Vonta Leach was a back-up his rookie season with the Packers for one playoff game, then was traded the next season to the Texans while Green Bay fought their way to overtime in the NFC Championship Game. Kris Wilson was on the Chiefs team with Pollard but got even closer when he caught a touchdown in defeat to former Ravens DC Rex Ryan’s Jets in a divisional home playoff game in January 2010.
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