Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: cropped version of a previously transmitted photo) Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (middle) waves to fans as he walks off the field after the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Linebacker Ray Lewis will keep his storybook ending to his upcoming retirement alive as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 28-13.
Lewis couldn’t even make it through the National Anthem without becoming emotional and fanned that flame the entire game although it seemed that the Ravens could be in trouble at first as the Patriots seemed to have their way with them in the first half.
However the Ravens didn’t allow any second half points from the usual potent Tom Brady lead offense and came up with two crucial turnovers during the game and a third being an endzone interception by Ravens cornerback Cary Williams with a little over one minute to play in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
While the Patriots defense seemed to get pressure on a regular basis, the Ravens were good at mixing up the run and the pass in order to gain crucial first downs late in the game.
With a little over two minutes left in the game, Lewis seemed to be celebrating and pulling his jersey up as if to sit out the rest of the contest but went back onto the field as the Patriots took the ball back right before the two minute warning and appeared to argue with a staff member as he prepared to suit back up.
The Ravens will now head to New Orleans to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd at 5:30 p.m. CST and will be broadcast on CBS.