The 2012 regular season was filled with ups (ex. Bengals, Chargers, Giants) and downs (ex. Texans, Broncos) while the Ravens battled injuries (Suggs, Lewis) and tragedies (ex. Modell, Smith) throughout the season.
The Ravens still managed to win a 2nd consecutive AFC North division title which also clinched their 5th straight playoff appearance.
Before the playoffs started, the Ravens’ emotional leader for the past 17 seasons MLB Ray Lewis let the team know this would be his last ride. This helped motivate the team to finally knock the door down (lost by 7 points or less in playoffs since 2010) and win their 1st Super Bowl Title since 2000.
After climbing to the top of the mountain, the off-season started with QB Joe Flacco getting paid big time to stay in Baltimore, after that, things got interesting. GM Ozzie Newsome did the unthinkable; letting players walk away in free agency (ex. Reed, Kruger, Ellerbe) while also releasing (ex. Pollard) or trading (ex. Boldin) others that were vital in the Ravens run to the Super Bowl. Newsome then filled the roster with a mix of veterans (ex. Dumervil, Huff) and draft picks (ex. Elam, Brown) hoping to keep the Ravens at the top of pecking order in the AFC. With all the change in personal and the retirement of their legend at MLB the one certainty is this season starts a new chapter in the history of Ravens football.