Purple Reign: A Photographic Recap of the Ravens Triumph

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The streets of Baltimore were packed last night, but the Ravens’ road to the Superbowl wasn’t a smooth one. Let’s take a quick look back over how we got here — “here” being on the cusp of a Superbowl victory, of course.

Remember when Ray Lewis tore his tricep and everyone thought he was finished?Ray_Lewis_out_34460002_20121015233422_320_240

Of course, Lewis tends to be… shall we say, indefatigable

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And returned to the Ravens roster shortly after Christmas.

The Ravens were considered the emphatic underdogs before last week’s game against the Broncos:

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Little did they know, the Ravens had more life left in them than anyone expected:

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Despite the Ravens’ performance against the Broncos, before yesterday’s Patriots game, pretty much everyone outside Baltimore was a naysayer (as evidenced by this Boston billboard):

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But at least the important people were on our side:

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After a shaky first half, the rest of the game went swimmingly. I laughed out loud when Tom Brady ran into a ref to escape Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs:

Torrey Smith was basically a superhero:

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Anquan Boldin was unstoppable (and he knew it):

Tom Brady was sad once again:

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And Ray gets another chance at a ring:

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Overall, I’d say it’s been a pretty successful year for Baltimore sports, despite Michael Phelps’s unfortunate facial hair decisions:

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It all kinda makes me want to dance like Ray:

And I’m not too worried about the Har-bowl, since the elder sibling always dominates the younger one — it’s just one of those truths of life.

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See you in New Orleans!



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