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Austin Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in 2012

Saints FB Austin Johnson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in 2012 before joining the Saints in 2013…Ravens TE Benjamin Watson caught passes from Drew Brees from 2013-15, posting 113 receptions for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns over his Saints career… Ravens defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt played DB for the Saints for three seasons, 1997-99…Saints assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt began his coaching career as a quality control coach with the Baltimore Colts. He also was a three-year letterman (1974–75, 1977) as a linebacker at Towson State University…Saints offensive assistant Brendan Nugent was an offensive quality control coach with the Chicago Bears from 2013-14 under Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman while Trestman was the head coach there, following Trestman south of the border after serving under him in the Canadian Football League in 2012 in Montreal as the Alouettes special teams assistant and offensive quality control coach...Saints WR Brandon Coleman grew up in Forestville, MD near Baltimore…New Orleans WR R.J. Harris is from Gambrills, MD…Ravens DB Anthony Levine Sr. was born in Abbeville, LA…Ravens S Kendrick Lewis was born in New Orleans and attended O. Perry Walker HS…Ravens WR Mike Wallace is a New Orleans native as well as a graduate of O. Perry Walker HS. Wallace was a teammate of Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe while both were with the Miami Dolphins from 2013-14. In 2014, they were joined by Saints CB Cortland Finnegan. Ellerbe was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He helped seal the Ravens' victory in the 2013 AFC Championship by intercepting Tom Brady in the fourth quarter…Ravens DB Lardarius Webb attended Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, LA…Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA…Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen served in the same role at Louisiana State University in 1999. Saints area scoutJon Sandusky was Director of Player Personnel in Cleveland while Cullen was the defensive line coach there…Ravens assistant special teams coachChris Horton is a graduate of De La Salle HS in New Orleans…Ravens head coach John Harbaugh won his first and only Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in 2013… From 2013-15, Saints OL Marcus Henry and Ravens LB Kamalei Correa played together at Boise State…In 2007, Saints DE Cameron Jordan and Ravens RB Justin Forsett played together for the Cal Golden Bears… Saints QBGarrett Grayson played offense for three years from 2011-13 with Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore at Colorado State…New Orleans K Connor Barth and Baltimore CJeremy Zuttah played together while both were with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-13...New Orleans DB Ken Crawley and Baltimore OT Stephane Nembot played together for four consecutive years at Colorado, 2012-15…From 2007-09, Saints LS Justin Drescher played at Colorado with Ravens DB Jimmy Smith…Saints RB Sione Houma, Ravens LB Brennen Beyer and Ravens DT Willie Henry were all teammates at the University of Michigan for three years, 2012-14…In 2012, the UNC Tar Heels football team was home to Saints LB Jeff Schoettmer, Saints OL Landon Turner, and Ravens OLJames Hurst…Saints OT Tyrus Thompson played with Ravens CB Julian Wilson for three years at the University of Oklahoma, 2011-13…Saints K Kai Forbath and Ravens CBSheldon Price played at UCLA together from 2009-10...Ravens area scout Dwaune Jones was a scout for the Saints from 2004-15...Baltimore offensive line coach Juan Castillo is the father of New Orleans scouting intern Greg Castillo.

Official team photos of fans from the New Orleans Saints vs Baltimore Ravens game on Monday, November 24, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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