Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ravens' Ray Rice revisits 'fondest moment'
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ravens running back Ray Rice said the "fondest moment" of his four-year NFL career came in the 2009 playoff game in New England, when he broke an 83-yard touchdown run on the first playoff from scrimmage.
It was the longest rushing play in Ravens history and the second-longest rushing touchdown in NFL postseason history.
"When you can do something that special in a playoff game in another team's stadium, that was huge," Rice said. "And that's something that I'll cherish for the rest of my life. And obviously, we didn't go on and win the Big Dance, but playoffs are [what] separates everybody. There's a reason why there's only four teams, and there's only one true champion at the end of the year. But when you can do something special in the playoffs, it's definitely remembered. And, that's something that I'll definitely take with me for the rest of my life."
But how many Patriots really remember it? Only two starters from that New England front seven will start Sunday against Rice and the Ravens (defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo).
"I think they've gotten over it," Rice said of his playoff run. "Obviously, they're back in the AFC Championship Game, and if I'm not mistaken, besides the playoffs, the last time we faced them we didn't win that game. And they did a great job of containing me."
In the last meeting (October 2010), Rice was limited to 88 yards on 28 carries, a 3.1-yard average. His longest run was eight yards.