Ray Lewis: Legendary Linebacker Extends Career with Amazing Performance

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2013

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 12:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates as he walks off of the field after the Ravens won 38-35 in the second overtime against the Denver Broncos during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Ray Lewis refused to let his last ride derail in Denver.

Bloody finger and all, the legendary linebacker helped lead the Baltimore Ravens to an epic 38-35 double overtime victory over the Broncos.

Lewis was a monster throughout Saturday's game, racking up 17 total tackles. Ten of those were solo, and one was for a loss. He made several key stops on his final series of the fourth quarter, which allowed Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense to send the game to overtime.

In OT, Lewis and the Baltimore D stopped Denver's high-powered attack on consecutive drives. The defense, orchestrated by Lewis, confused Peyton Manning and forced him into a back-breaking interception that set up Justin Tucker's game-winning field goal.

Lewis had a great all-around game, despite dealing with a gruesome-looking finger injury for most of the night.

It was Lewis' second incredible performance in as many weeks. Last Sunday, Lewis recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) and anchored a Baltimore defense that gave up just nine points to the Indianapolis Colts

That would be spectacular production for any player. Considering that Lewis is 37 years old and still recovering from a torn triceps, his performance was almost unbelievable.

Lewis is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he is one of the three or four greatest linebackers of all time. It seemed like he couldn't possibly accomplish any more in this league, but his legend continues to grow this postseason.

Next up is a trip to either Houston or New England. Both teams will present some challenges, but as Lewis proved on Saturday, he can never be counted out.

The man is a football god, and we should all cherish his amazing final run.