Ray Lewis just had his last dance in Baltimore this afternoon. Lewis, who has made it his signature to come dancing out of the Ravens tunnel at the beginning of games, made his signature dance for the final time in his career as a member of the Ravens active roster.
While Lewis may have trotted out of the tunnel for the last time in Baltimore, he and the Ravens will live to fight another day as they dispensed of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts Sunday afternoon. Lewis accounted for 13 of the Ravens tackles, and sprinted around the stadium in a victory lap after the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock.
“I knew how it started, but I never knew how it was going to end here in Baltimore,” Lewis said after the win. “For it to go the way it went today, I wouldn’t change nothing. There were so many moments, so many fans, just the things that were said. The tears that I saw from people, and I was trying to hold it in myself trying to play a game.”
Lewis broke into his signature dance as the Ravens took the final kneel down of the game, as Lewis had been subbed in on offense.
As for the Colts, Andrew Luck suffered from the lack of Bruce Arians on the sidelines, who was hospitalized before the game with the flu. Without Arians, who hadn’t missed a game all season long, Luck seemed to lose his magic and the Colts lost their luster.
But while the Chuck Pagano story comes to an end in 2012, the Ray Lewis farewell tour will continue next week in Denver. Lewis will face Peyton Manning in what will be another magical game between titans of football’s yesteryear.
Both Manning and Lewis are in the twilight of their careers, but both are still arguably the best at what they do.