In honor of Ed Reed making his possible return to Baltimore on Sunday, the ESPN Ravens team page is counting down the most memorable moments for the former Ravens safety all week. Because Reed built a career off the "pick six," I thought it would be appropriate to list his top six performances:
No. 5: Hounding Peyton Manning
Date: Jan. 13, 2007
What happened: Reed intercepted then-Colts quarterback Peyton Manning twice and nearly had two more. If the second-seeded Ravens had beaten the Colts in the divisional playoff game (Baltimore lost 15-6), this performance would be remembered as Reed's best. Reed made a nifty interception when Manning threw late down the middle of the field, and the Ravens moved to the Indianapolis 5-yard line before Antoine Bethea intercepted Steve McNair's third-down throw at the 1. It was a night of close calls as Reed later had a clean shot at returning a Manning pass for a touchdown but Ray Lewis knocked the ball down before it got to Reed. Still, Reed and the Ravens' defense held Manning to a season-worst 39.6 passer rating, 170 yards passing and no touchdowns.
What Reed said: "It hurts bad. But we are not defined by championships. We had a great year."
Stat to remember: 70 -- Career interceptions (including playoffs), which is easily tops in Ravens history. No Ravens player has even had half that many. Ray Lewis is second on the team's interceptions list with 33. Reed averaged one interception every 2.5 games for the Ravens.