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It’s tough to narrow down a 13-year career in purple and black to just five kicks.
But that’s what we’ll try to do for the newest member of the Ring of Honor, kicker Matt Stover.
Stover logged 14 game-winning field goals over his career, including 12 with the Ravens. He had three against the Pittsburgh Steelers and three against the Cincinnati Bengals. But none of those were the top.
Here’s Stover’s Top 5 Ravens kicks:
5. 52-yard game-winner vs. Cleveland in 2006
Against his former team and Ravens’ rival Cleveland Browns, in a stadium that’s generally regarded as one of the hardest in the NFL to kick in, Stover hit the longest game-winner of his career. There was 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Stover sunk a 52-yarder from the right hash. The win gave Baltimore a 3-0 start in what turned out to be a magical 13-3 season.
4. 47-yarder vs. Jacksonville in 2000
Baltimore relied on Stover’s leg for an entire month during its Super Bowl season. The Ravens didn’t score a touchdown in all of October, but were still able to pull out two wins thanks to 49 consecutive points from Stover. One of those wins was a 15-10 affair against the Jaguars, in which Stover kicked five field goals. The 47-yarder was the longest of the day and Baltimore needed every point it could get.
3. 47-yard overtime game-winner vs. Pittsburgh in 2003
The Ravens went into the last week of the regular season with a 9-6 record. The Bengals were at 8-7. Thus, a Baltimore loss and Cincinnati win would have left them tied atop the AFC North. However, against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, Stover trotted out and nailed at 47-yard game-winner at home, ensuring Baltimore its first-ever division crown.
2. 47-yarder in Super Bowl XXXV
The Ravens defense went into the game saying it needed just 10 points to win. After a touchdown to Brandon Stokley, Stover trotted out for a long field goal attempt near the end of the second quarter. As he went out, defensive end Rob Burnett yelled, “We get 10, we win, Stove.” Stover, thankful for the additional pressure, hit it. From there, the defense held up its end of the deal.
1. 43-yard game-winner vs. Tennessee in 2008 Divisional Playoffs
Stover was in his final season as a Raven and the power in his leg had waned. The wild-card Ravens were at top-seeded Tennessee in the mud. Baltimore had Steve Hauschka on the roster for long attempts, but opted for Stover on a 43-yard attempt with 57 seconds left and the game tied at 10. Stover sent it sailing through the uprights, lifting Baltimore to the AFC Championship. It was Stover’s final field goal as a Raven.