What you need to know about the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the London Game

The Ravens are the pride and joy of Baltimore nowadays, but they're actually the city's second pro football team.

Maryland's biggest city was once home to the Colts before that franchise relocated to Indianapolis in 1984. The area was left without a team for 12 years until the Cleveland Browns relocated and rebranded as the Ravens. 

The Ravens mascot, which was voted on by local fans, is inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the city's most famous historical residents. Quoth the raven, "Are you ready for some football?"

Baltimore has two Super Bowl titles to boast over its opponent this Sunday. The Ravens won both Super Bowls XXXV and XLVII to culminate the 2000 and 2012 seasons, respectively. Since 2000, Baltimore has made the playoffs 10 times, with quarterback Joe Flacco winning more playoff games than any other current quarterback aside from Tom Brady. 

Take a look through the history of the Baltimore Ravens:

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10 Aug 1996: The helmet of the new Baltimore Ravens during the Ravens 37-27 preseason victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
1 Sep 1996: Baltimore''s legendary Memorial Stadium host the return of the NFL to Baltimore as the Ravens defeated the Oakland Raiders 19-14 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/Allsport
BALTIMORE, MD - CIRCA 1997: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde #12 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass circa 1997 during an NFL football game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Testaverde played for the Ravens from 1996-97. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
26 Oct 1997: Running back Brian Mitchell of the Washington Redskins moves the ball during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Raljon, Maryland. The Ravens won the game, 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Ted Mathias /Allsport
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 1: Jim Harbaugh #4 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during an NFL Football game November 1, 1998 at Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards. Harbaugh played for the Ravens in 1998. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
29 Jul 1999: Tony Banks #12 of the Baltimore Ravesn listens to Brian Billick during the Ravens Training Camp at West Maryland College in Westminister, Maryland. Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Fans give voice to their emotions at pep rally for the Baltimore Ravens in the city's Inner Harbor. The Ravens face the New York Giants Sunday at Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Baltimore Ravens' Ray Lewis, named the game's MVP, celebrates after his team crushed the New York Giants, 34-7, at the Raymond James Stadum in Tampa to win Super Bowl XXXV. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens' Ed Reed (20), Anthony Weaver (98), and David Nugent (70) combine to stop Cleveland Browns running back William Green for no gain in the second quarter at Ravens' Stadium in Baltimore December 22, 2002. Browns offensive tackle Barry Stokes (L) arrives too late to prevent the tackle. REUTERS/Joe Giza JG
The newest member of the Baltimore Ravens, cornerback Deion Sanders (R) laughs at a comment made by head coach Brian Billick, during a press conference at the clubs' training facility in Owings Mills, Maryland September 1, 2004. Sanders, who hasn't played a game in the NFL since playing for the Washington Redskins during the 2000 season, signed a one year contract with the Ravens. REUTERS/Joe Giza JG
Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick (L) sends his quarterback Steve McNair back into the game in the fourth quarter during their NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore, Maryland, November 5, 2006. Photo taken November 5. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES)
Baltimore Ravens first year head coach John Harbaugh, right, talks with quarterback Joe Flacco during the Ravens training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, Monday, August 4, 2008. (Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 28: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game on December 28, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Matt Birk #77 of the Baltimore Ravens centers the ball against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) Torrey Smith #82, Jacoby Jones #12 and Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate after Jones scored on a 56-yard touchdown pass by Flacco in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) A general view of fans cheering as the San Francisco 49ers play against the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the air after winning Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 05: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) holds up a jersey given to him by head coach John Harbaugh (C) and general manager Ozzie Newsome (R) after welcoming members of the National Football League Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens during a South Lawn ceremony on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Kamar Aiken #11 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a touchdown pass in the first quarter against Patrick Chung #23 on the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 27: Chris Matthews #84 of the Baltimore Ravens, right, celebrates with his teammate Kamar Aiken #11 after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown during a game against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 4: Wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after making a catch against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Ravens also seem to be in the habit of creating legends. In the team's first-ever NFL Draft in 1996, Baltimore took Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, the latter of whom is already in the NFL Hall of Fame. Ray Lewis will become eligible for enshrinement in 2018. 

Though this is the franchise's first trip to London, one of the team's stars is sure to feel at home this weekend. Jermaine Eluemunor, an offensive tackle, grew up in the London suburb of Chalk Farm.

The Ravens are set to face off against the Jaguars at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday, September 24, with kickoff scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET

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