This is the third and last time that Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis will face off in the playoffs. Saying a lot is on the line would be an understatement.
Manning leads the Denver Broncos, the NFL's hottest team, at home against the Baltimore Ravens, who are playing for Lewis and to assure he leaves the game as a two-time Super Bowl champion. But it won't be easy.
Once regarded for their unstoppable defense, the Ravens haven't been the same in 2012. A lot of that has to do with Lewis' absence. They rank in the bottom half of the league in both pass and rush defense.
But his presence in the Wild Card Game against Indianapolis helped change all of that, as they kept Andrew Luck's offense out of the end zone.
It'll be much harder to do against Manning, who is an elite quarterback and playing at an insane level. Picking apart the middle of the field is his expertise, and that's exactly where Lewis will be residing.
If big Ray can have an incredible game Saturday, it'll make a world of difference and delay his retirement for at least one more week. But if Manning tops him, Lewis will be walking off the field for the last time.