It has been more than 25 years since the Baltimore Colts snuck out of town in the middle of the night on their way to Indianapolis.
Since Baltimore regained an NFL franchise in 1996 the Baltimore Ravens have faced the Indianapolis Colts on ten occasions with the Colts holding a dominating 8-2 advantage. That includes a 15-6 win during their only playoff meeting in 2006.
The Ravens could wipe away all that disappointment with one broad stroke on Saturday if they are able to knock off the heavily favored Colts.
Indianapolis gave up on a chance to make NFL history by finishing undefeated in favor of focusing on winning their second Super Bowl title since moving from Baltimore.
If the Ravens are able to pull off the upset and keep the Colts from continuing their run toward the Lombardi Trophy, it would likely rank as one of the sweetest victories in Ravens history.
Even though Indianapolis would seem to have the upper hand and has defeated Baltimore each of the four times they have met in Indianapolis, you can’t count the Ravens completely out.
Following their dominating victory over the New England Patriots, Baltimore has won four of their last five games.
In addition, they nearly defeated the Colts in their first meeting earlier in the season with Indianapolis winning only by the score of 17-15.
The Ravens looked like they would have a chance for a game-winning score in the final minutes, but a Joe Flacco pass was intercepted at the Colts’ 13-yard line allowing Indy to run out the clock.
This time around the Colts must shake off the rust from the last three weeks. After winning their first 14 games, the Colts chose not to risk injuries to key players and used primarily reserves during much of the last two games.
Then last week they had a bye while the Ravens were tearing up the Patriots.
This marks the fourth time that Indianapolis has earned a first round playoff bye and on the previous three occasions they lost their first playoff game.
If history repeats, it will bring much joy to Ravens fans as they are looking to make the AFC Championship Game for the second straight season.
Nothing will ever completely remove the bitter taste from the mouths of Baltimore Colts fans, but you can bet that a victory Saturday would bring a smile to the faces of everyone who remembers that snowy day in 1984.