Flashback Friday is coming a day early this week since the game is on Thursday. There isn't much history in Redskins vs. Ravens but at the time this one looked like a pretty big win. The teams slugged it out and the much-hyped 2000 Redskins came out of the game 5-2 on their way to 6-2. Washington collapsed in the second half while the Ravens went on the win the Super Bowl. But the mental picture of Stephen Davis giving a stiff arm to the just-inducted Rod Woodson makes this game worth remembering.
From the pages of The Redskins Chronicle:FedEx Field—An interception by linebacker Kevin Mitchell just before halftime gave the Redskins a huge boost and propelled them to victory over Baltimore.
The game was tied at three when a pass interference call gave the Ravens a first and goal at the one with 10 seconds left in the half. Banks dropped back and fired the ball towards tight end Shannon Sharpe in the back of the end zone. Both Mitchell and fellow LB Derek Smith were in the vicinity and Mitchell stepped in front of Sharpe to get the interception.
The Redskins returned the favor, although in a less dramatic fashion, when a good drive to open the second half was ended at the Baltimore 25 when Brad Johnson's first-down pass intended for Albert Connell was intercepted. Both defenses kept the opposing offenses at bay until the Redskins took possession at their own 20 with 2:34 left in the third.
Runs by Stephen Davis and Johnson completions to Larry Centers and Stephen Alexander moved Washington down to the Baltimore 33 after the first play of the fourth quarter. On second down from there, Davis followed blocks by Centers and tackle Chris Samuels and broke into the clear down the left side. Safety Rod Woodson had the only shot at stopping Davis, but the running back dismissed him with a classic stiff arm and completed the scoring run.
The Ravens never seriously threatened in their last two possessions and the Redskins held the ball the last five and a half minutes.
Davis gained 91 yards rushing and the Washington defense held Baltimore to 199 yards of offense, 109 of them passing.