The Ravens didn’t just earn a 37-13 win over the Panthers today, they also re-wrote the record books in about 2,000 different categories.
Take a look at how many milestones were reached today during Baltimore’s win over Carolina:
- With his three catches on the day, wide receiver Derrick Mason topped the 900-reception mark for his career, becoming just the 13th player in NFL history to get to that number.
- On his 56-yard touchdown grab early in the first quarter, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh reached the 600-catch mark for his career. He’s the 53rd player in league history to top 600 receptions. Houshmandzadeh got to that mark in style, too, giving the Ravens an early lead on a beautiful touchdown catch.
- Safety Ed Reed’s fourth quarter interception of Panthers quarterback Brian St. Pierre was the 50th INT of Reed’s career. He’s the 32nd player to hit that milestone.
- Reed wasn’t done moving up in the record books. His 20-yard return after the pick (prior to his lateral to Dawan Landry) also puts Reed past Deion Sanders for the third-most interception return yards in his career. Reed now has 1,329 return yards after his 50 picks.
- Ray Lewis’ interception gave him a personal milestone as well; the linebacker now has 30 interceptions in his career. He is just the eighth linebacker in NFL history to get to 30 INTs.
- On Joe Flacco’s touchdown pass to Houshmandzadeh, the Ravens’ quarterback tied Vinny Testaverde for most passing touchdowns in franchise history with 51. Flacco is already the team’s all-time passing yards leader with 9,017 yards.
- And finally, while this isn’t exactly on the level of the previous milestones I’ve listed, defensive end Paul Kruger reached a personal milestone today, notching his first career sack. The second-year man out of Utah had an interception last year against the Steelers, but this was the first sack of his pro career.