Jan 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is hugged by Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) following the double overtime AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. The Ravens defeated the Broncos in double overtime 38-35. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Update: Ray Lewis And Baltimore Survive Denver

Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reacts following the game against the Denver Broncos during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. The Ravens defeated the Broncos 38-35 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In what was arguably one of the best playoff games in NFL post-season history (certainly one of the longest), Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens upset the Denver Broncos in double-overtime, 38-35.

With under a minute left in regulation, Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco heaved a last effort bomb, miraculously connecting with WR Jacoby Jones on a 70-yard touchdown strike that sent the game into overtime.   Had Flacco not connected with Jones, Lewis would be hanging up the cleats for good.

In a crazy back-and-forth contest, it was the Ravens’ rookie kicker, Justin Tucker, who connected on a 47-yard game-winning field goal clinching Baltimore a spot in the AFC Championship game.  Baltimore will face the winner of the New England Patriots-Houston Texans game.

Ray Lewis’ 17-year career isn’t to end just yet.

Following Baltimore’s epic win, Lewis told USA Today, “God is amazing.  When you look back at it and let the emotions calm down, it will probably be one of the greatest victories in Ravens history.”

Lewis had a monster game at Denver.  The 37-year old amassed 17 tackles in Baltimore’s double-overtime win.

When asked about facing Lewis, Broncos QB Peyton Manning told USA Today:

I’ve addressed it every time I’ve played against him.  He’s an excellent player.  He’s special.  That’s all you can say.”

Baltimore’s special teams was torched all day and just when the Ravens seemed to have flat-lined, they mustered up a pulse.

Manning threw a costly interception during the first overtime.  Following a series of Ray Rice scampers, Baltimore found themselves in field goal range, where Tucker capped the upset.

Lewis and the Ravens have lived to play another game.  They rallied as a team and took down the giant.  Let’s see if they can continue to ride this wave of momentum all the way through the AFC Championship game.




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