Despite Injuries to the Squad, the Baltimore Ravens Make It to the Super Bowl!
What do Multi-Specialty HealthCare and the Baltimore Ravens have in common?
We both know injuries very well.
Few teams battled more injuries this season than our beloved Baltimore Ravens. First in line was reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, who tore his Achilles’ tendon during a conditioning test in April. In National Football League’s (NFL) Week 6 against Dallas, dancing, singing Hall of Fame-bound linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a torn tricep, while cornerback Ladarius Webb tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Even when their backups filled in, they both got injured. While Webb may have made the quickest and most miraculous ACL tear comeback, key members of Baltimore’s secondary suffered more injuries. Injuries depleted the defensive ranks to the point that a year after finishing third in the NFL in yards allowed at 288.9 per game, the Ravens dropped to 17th in the league allowing 350.9 yards per game.
Yet despite the fact that the core defensive group combined to miss 41 total games this season, the Ravens will go head-to-head in what was called by the New York Post, famed for its tabloid headlines, The Bro Bowl (Coach Harbaugh vs. Coach Harbaugh).
According to an article on SBNation.com from January 23, 2013, “Fortunately, for the Ravens, a number of Baltimore’s injured players have come back in time for the playoffs. Lewis returned for the playoffs and leads the NFL in tackles during the postseason. After allowing 21.5 points per game during the regular season, the Ravens have allowed just 19.0 points per game in the playoffs, tied for the fewest of the eight teams. That’s even more impressive when you consider they’ve faced the two highest scoring offenses in the NFL.”