Baltimore Ravens: Ed Reed Watch

Ed Reed Watch: No. 1 moment

September, 22, 2013
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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. Here is No. 1 ...

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No. 1: Making history again -- the 107-yard return

Date: Nov. 23, 2008

What happened: Reed eclipsed his previous NFL record by a yard on a fourth-quarter runback that led to a 36-7 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Ravens ahead 22-7, Reed picked off Philadelphia backup quarterback Kevin Kolb in the end zone and immediately broke up the sideline. Reed made his first cut back to sidestep Kolb and then pushed running back Brian Westbrook off to the side. He eluded a diving tackle by lineman Todd Herremans, leaving one more Eagle to beat. After faking out tight end Brent Celek at the Philadelphia 20-yard line, Reed jaunted the rest of the way for his 10th career touchdown. It wasn't as dramatic as his previous record return -- that one sealed a win over Cleveland -- but this comes in ranked No. 1 because it's tough to top history.

What Reed said: "We're on a mission. It's to get to the next level and the playoffs. I'm not satisfied until we get to the Super Bowl and win it."

Stat to remember: 1,541 -- Interception return yards by Reed, the most in NFL history. It's 58 more yards than Rod Woodson, who ranks second on the list. Reed has averaged 25.3 yards per return.

Ed Reed Watch: No. 2 moment

September, 21, 2013
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In honor of Ed Reed making his possible return to Baltimore on Sunday, the ESPN.com 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. 2: Grasping the elusive Lombardi Trophy

Date: Feb. 3, 2013

What happened: It was fitting that Reed was able to finish his decorated Ravens career with a championship. He also won the Super Bowl at New Orleans' Superdome, which is five minutes from where he grew up. Reed's interception of an overthrown Colin Kaepernick pass was key in the Ravens building their big lead in the second quarter. It marked the first time a 49ers quarterback had been intercepted in a Super Bowl. Reed later forced an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter when the 49ers were trying to tie the score on a two-point conversion. After the game, Reed brandished an unlit cigar and busted out Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise." Yes, Reed had finally reached football's promised land.

What Reed said: "To do it for the hometown, in the hometown, to do it for Baltimore -- there can't be a better feeling than that. I'm blessed and grateful. I'm just so grateful."

Stat to remember: 9 -- Reed's postseason interceptions, which ties an NFL record. The other players who have picked off nine passes in the playoffs are: Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott. The only active player who has more than four interceptions in the postseason is Asante Samuel (seven).

Ed Reed Watch: No. 3 moment

September, 20, 2013
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In honor of Ed Reed making his possible return to Baltimore on Sunday, the ESPN.com 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. 3: The first history-making return

Date: Nov. 7, 2004

What happened: With the Ravens leading the Browns 20-13, Reed saved the game with historic flair. He caught Jeff Garcia's deflected pass off his shoetops deep in the end zone, and rather than take a knee, he sped down the right sideline for the score with 26 seconds left in the game. His 106-yard interception return set an NFL record at the time. Reed was so far ahead of any Cleveland player as he headed toward the end zone that he began galloping and dancing. The turnover did come with controversy. The Browns believed linebacker Ray Lewis should have been flagged for pass interference. He got tangled up with tight end Aaron Shea and the ball went off the intended receiver's hands.

What Reed said: "We definitely weren't thinking they were going to score. We never give up. We never quit."

Stat to remember: 20 -- Years since a safety won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award before Reed earned it in 2004. He finished with nine interceptions, 78 tackles, three forced fumbles and two sacks that season. In his third season, Reed received 20 votes from a national panel of writers and broadcasters who cover pro football, beating Steelers linebacker James Farrior, who had 16. Kenny Easley of Seattle was the last safety to take the award, in 1984.

Ed Reed Watch: No. 4 moment

September, 19, 2013
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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. 4: Stealing a win from the Redskins

Date: Oct. 10, 2004

What happened: The Ravens needed a spark in a regular season game at Washington. Reed delivered it three times. He scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery after stripping quarterback Mark Brunell on a safety blitz, stopped Clinton Portis for a two-yard loss on a third-and-1 on the next series, then threw a block that sprung rookie free agent B.J. Sams for a 78-yard punt return -- all in a 2 1/2-minute span in the third quarter. As a result, the Ravens rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to score 14 points without their offense taking the field.

What Reed said: "Don't quit. That's what we preach to each other. We stuck together as a team, and we fought hard for 60 minutes and prevailed in the end."

Stat to remember: 10 -- Touchdowns that Reed scored at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. He reached the end zone only three times on the road: a touchdown off a blocked punt in Arizona (2003), this fumble return in Washington (2004) and a punt return for a score in Cincinnati (2007).

Ed Reed Watch: No. 5 moment

September, 18, 2013
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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:

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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.

Ed Reed Watch: No. 6 moment

September, 17, 2013
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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:

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No. 6: Sparking a comeback against the Seahawks

Date: Nov. 23, 2003

What happened: With the Ravens trailing the Seahawks by 17 points (41-24) in the fourth quarter, it was Reed's play on special teams that ignited the rally for the Ravens. His 16-yard touchdown return off his own blocked punt with 6:41 left in the game closed the Ravens within 41-31 and started a run of 20 straight points. Matt Stover tied the game with a 40-yard field goal on the last play in regulation and won it with a 42-yarder in overtime. This thrilling victory turned the season around for the Ravens, who won five of their last six games and captured their first division title. And it all began with a big play from Reed.

What Reed said: "You don't come back and win a game like that against a great team like Seattle and not come together as a team."

Stat to remember: 3 -- Blocked punts returned for touchdowns by Reed in his career. He recorded the first blocked punt in Ravens history on Sept. 30, 2002, which was the same game Chris McAlister returned a missed field goal 107 yards for a touchdown against the Broncos. Reed's last blocked punt was the one against the Seahawks.

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