Of course the gunslinger in this AFC Division Playoff showdown was thought to be Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning who was having a phenomenal comeback season and had the team on an eleven game win streak.
In the end that is what undid Manning as he threw threw two interceptions. Both were to Ravens cornerback Corey Graham and he returned one for a touchdown and the other helped set the team up in a position to win the game with a Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal in double overtime.
The story almost ended for linebacker Ray Lewis who tore the triceps muscle in his right arm on October 14th and had to have it surgically repaired. He was determined to return to the field and did against the Indianapolis Colts in a Wild Card matchup last week.
More is vested in the upcoming AFC Championship Game since Lewis announced his plans to retire from football on January 2nd, telling his team that this would be his “last ride.”
Last night Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones kept the ride alive as he caught a 70-yard bomb from quarterback Joe Flacco with a little over thirty seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game and edge it into overtime.
As Tucker’s kick sailed into the uprights, Lewis collapsed onto the field and began to weep with his face planted in the ground, his sobs being heard by NFL microphones.
As NFL analyst Solomon Wilcots spoke with Lewis shortly after, the future Hall of Fame linebacker kept repeating Isaiah 54:17 from the Holy Bible:
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.
A reference to the odds that Lewis has faced in the past including a murder trial almost 13 years ago that resulted in a plea bargain deal where he was convicted on obstruction of justice.