Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Browns Move To Baltimore

On Nov. 6, 1995, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell officially announced that the Cleveland Browns would be moving to Baltimore after the season. 

The lame duck Browns struggled the rest of that season. Eventually a deal was reached in which the name, logos, and history of the franchise would remain in Cleveland. A new version of the Browns returned to the field in 1999.

Modell's Baltimore franchise became known as the Baltimore Ravens and was essentially an expansion team.

Despite the Browns being a losing franchise, the Ravens didn’t take much time to become an elite franchise. The Ravens would visit the playoffs for the first time in 2000. 

That year would be a magical year for the Ravens as they traveled all the way to the Super Bowl and eventually beat the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV (35).

The Ravens would continue to excel in the AFC North and would make the playoffs in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

The Ravens would again win the Super Bowl XLVII (47) in 2013 against the San Francisco 49ers as head coaches Jim and Job Harbaugh faced off in the first Super Bowl to be coached by brothers.