Baltimore Ravens 1997 Season Review
Week 1: Jaguars 28, Ravens 27
In the start of their second season, the Baltimore Ravens were as frustrated as they were through most of their first. Once more, they lost a fourth-quarter lead. Once more they failed to convert game-turning chances near the end and lost, 28-27, to the Jacksonville Jaguars before 61,018 in Memorial Stadium.
Week 2: Ravens 23, Bengals 10
The Ravens shut out the Cincinnati Bengals and scored 20 points themselves in the second half to win their first game of the season, 23-10.
Week 3: Ravens 24, Giants 23
Two kicks, one of which went backward, helped lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 24-23 victory over the New York Giants.
Week 4: Ravens 36, Oilers 10
The Ravens forced five turnovers and beat the Tennessee Oilers, 36-10, before 17,737 at the Liberty Bowl for their third consecutive victory.
Week 5: Chargers 21, Ravens 17
The Chargers turned what the Ravens — and at least one official — thought was a fumble into a touchdown pass that produced a 21-17 victory before 54,094 at Qualcomm Stadium and snapped the Ravens' victory streak at three games.
Week 6: Steelers 42, Ravens 34
The Steelers came back from a 17-point halftime deficit to stun the Ravens, 42-34, in front of a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 64,421.
Week 7: Dolphins 24, Ravens 13
Running back Karim Abdul Jabbar scored all three touchdowns for the Dolphins as Miami handed Baltimore its third straight loss, 24-13, at Memorial Stadium.
Week 8: Ravens 20, Redskins 17
In a bone-chilling rain at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, the Ravens dominated the Redskins on the ground en route to a 20-17 victory. Baltimore running back Bam Morris rushed for 176 yards on 36 carries.
Week 9: Jets 19, Ravens 16
After Vinny Testaverde threw a touchdown with three seconds left to send the game into overtime, Jets rookie John Hall kicked a 37-yard field goal to lift New York to a 19-16 victory over the Ravens.
Week 10: Steelers 37, Ravens 0
The Steelers victimized Baltimore quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde and Eric Zeier for six first-half turnovers and coasted to a 37-0 rout on a nationally-televised game.
Week 11: Ravens 10, Eagles 10
The Ravens and Eagles played to a 10-10 tie, the first one in eight years, when Eagles kicker Chris Boniol's field goal attempt fluttered wide and short in the end of the overtime period.
Week 12: Cardinals 16, Ravens 13
The Ravens' already remote playoff chances went down the drain when Joe Nedney kicked a 43-yard field goal with time winding down to give the Arizona Cardinals a 16-13 victory over Baltimore.
Week 13: Jaguars 29, Ravens 27
The Jaguars escaped with a 29-27 victory when Baltimore quarterback Eric Zeier tripped and fell while attempting a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with 78 seconds left.
Week 14: Ravens 31, Seahawks 24
Jermaine Lewis returned two punts for touchdowns in the second quarter, Eric Zeier passed for 302 yards the Ravens' defense recorded four sacks and four interceptions as Baltimore defeated Seattle, 31-24, at Memorial Stadium.
Week 15: Ravens 21, Oilers 19
With 37 ex-Baltimore Colts watching from the sidelines, the Ravens closed out Memorial Stadium in style by defeating the Tennessee Oilers, 21-19.
Week 16: Bengals 16, Ravens 14
In their last chance to finish out of the AFC Central cellar, the Baltimore Ravens came up short, losing a 16-14 decision to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens finished the season with a 6-9-1 record.
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