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Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals: Revisiting recent matchups

Can the Ravens get back to their winning ways?

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Week 2 is upon us and the Baltimore Ravens look to take on the Arizona Cardinals, a team they’ve met only a few times in their 22-year existence.

Full matchup history
(All stats according to footballdb.com)

  • Regular season: Baltimore leads 4-2
  • Post season: N/A
  • Harbaugh era: 1-1

2015

Just from the year alone, you know this isn’t good news. An absolutely frustrating game as Baltimore’s offense couldn’t finish and it was the seventh-straight game decided by one score (Ravens lost 18-26). RB Chris Johnson scored a 26-yard touchdown by breaking two tackles and dancing from right to left on the ground. RB Justin Forsett responded with a rushing touchdown of his own.

Current Raven, former Cardinal ST Justin Bethel stripped Ravens WR Jeremy Ross of the punt return and flipped the field. Shortly thereafter, WR Michael Floyd caught a touchdown against CB Jimmy Smith and LB Zachary Orr. The most frustrating aspect was Johnson being tackled by DT Brandon Williams but never touching the ground. Williams held him down for a few moments and released as Johnson was done running but he never touched the turf.

In the end, the Ravens clawed back but couldn’t finish on the goal line. Flacco was intercepted by former Cardinal, current Raven DB Tony Jefferson in the end zone with only seconds left on the clock.


2011

This was a typical Ravens comeback affair. The Cardinals quickly jumped up to 24-3 lead with just over three minutes left in the first half. The second Billy Cundiff field goal as time expired in the first half left them behind 24-6.

The third quarter was all Baltimore, as former RB Ray Rice capped off two drives with one-yard touchdowns. Five seconds into the fourth quarter, Rice notched a hat-trick which brought them ahead 27-24. Cardinals kicker Jay Feely completed a field goal with nine minutes left in the game to tie it 27 all, but Cundiff had the last laugh with a 25-yard gamewinner.