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<b>How will <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT008514" title="Ray Lewis" href="/topic/sports/football/ray-lewis-PESPT008514.topic">Ray Lewis</a> fare in his last ride?</b><br>
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This will be definitely an emotional night for the former <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="NFL" href="/topic/sports/football/nfl-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a> Defensive Player of the Year and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000004" title="Super Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/super-bowl-EVSPR000004.topic">Super Bowl</a> XXXV Most Valuable Player.<br>
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It's Ray Lewis' last ride, his last NFL game before retirement.<br>
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Lewis can write a storybook ending with a victory, but he has the responsibility of knocking heads with bullish <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000057" title="San Francisco 49ers" href="/topic/sports/football/san-francisco-49ers-ORSPT000057.topic">49ers</a> running back <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0013632" title="Frank Gore" href="/topic/sports/football/frank-gore-PESPT0013632.topic">Frank Gore</a>. Gore has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns in two playoff games.<br>
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Although Lewis leads the NFL with 44 tackles this postseason, he's also proven vulnerable on outside runs and against the pass. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000009016" title="Andrew Luck" href="/topic/sports/football/andrew-luck-PESPT000009016.topic">Andrew Luck</a> completed 5 of 8 passes in Lewis' direction for 60 yards in Lewis' first football game back from a torn right triceps that required surgery. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT004609" title="Peyton Manning" href="/topic/sports/football/peyton-manning-PESPT004609.topic">Peyton Manning</a> completed 8 of 8 passes in Lewis' direction for 97 yards. And <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000789" title="Tom Brady" href="/topic/sports/football/tom-brady-PESPT000789.topic">Tom Brady</a> completed 2 of 3 passes for 21 yards in Lewis' direction in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000000250" title="American Football Conference" href="/topic/sports/football/american-football-conference-ORSPT000000250.topic">AFC</a> championship game.<br>
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Lewis typically just allows the catch then tries to make the offensive player pay for having the temerity to catch a pass on him.<br>
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For the season, according to Pro Football Focus, Lewis surrendered 30 completions in 40 attempts in his direction for 373 yards, no touchdowns and a 103.4 quarterback rating. He allowed an average of 12.4 yards per reception.<br>
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If Lewis gets isolated against former Maryland tight end <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0013501" title="Vernon Davis" href="/topic/sports/football/vernon-davis-PESPT0013501.topic">Vernon Davis</a>, it could go badly for the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000161" title="Baltimore Ravens" href="/topic/sports/football/baltimore-ravens-ORSPT000161.topic">Ravens</a>' defense.<br>
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Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees would probably be better off blitzing Lewis on third downs rather than having him cover, which is clearly no longer his forte.<br>
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Emotions are a huge factor in any game, particularly on this stage. Lewis will do everything he can through his body, his mind and his will to affect the game positively for his team.<br>
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After this game, the 37-year-old can rest and head to a television studio to launch a second career.<br>
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This is his last football game and Lewis has every intention of finishing his ride hoisting the Lombardi trophy with confetti raining down on him.<br>
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So, the question remains: Will Lewis' advanced age for a inside linebacker prevent him from doing so? Or will his experience trump the 49ers' youth?<br>
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We'll find out tonight.

( Reuters photo / February 1, 2013 )

How will Ray Lewis fare in his last ride?

This will be definitely an emotional night for the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl XXXV Most Valuable Player.

It's Ray Lewis' last ride, his last NFL game before retirement.

Lewis can write a storybook ending with a victory, but he has the responsibility of knocking heads with bullish 49ers running back Frank Gore. Gore has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns in two playoff games.

Although Lewis leads the NFL with 44 tackles this postseason, he's also proven vulnerable on outside runs and against the pass. Andrew Luck completed 5 of 8 passes in Lewis' direction for 60 yards in Lewis' first football game back from a torn right triceps that required surgery. Peyton Manning completed 8 of 8 passes in Lewis' direction for 97 yards. And Tom Brady completed 2 of 3 passes for 21 yards in Lewis' direction in the AFC championship game.

Lewis typically just allows the catch then tries to make the offensive player pay for having the temerity to catch a pass on him.

For the season, according to Pro Football Focus, Lewis surrendered 30 completions in 40 attempts in his direction for 373 yards, no touchdowns and a 103.4 quarterback rating. He allowed an average of 12.4 yards per reception.

If Lewis gets isolated against former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis, it could go badly for the Ravens' defense.

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees would probably be better off blitzing Lewis on third downs rather than having him cover, which is clearly no longer his forte.

Emotions are a huge factor in any game, particularly on this stage. Lewis will do everything he can through his body, his mind and his will to affect the game positively for his team.

After this game, the 37-year-old can rest and head to a television studio to launch a second career.

This is his last football game and Lewis has every intention of finishing his ride hoisting the Lombardi trophy with confetti raining down on him.

So, the question remains: Will Lewis' advanced age for a inside linebacker prevent him from doing so? Or will his experience trump the 49ers' youth?

We'll find out tonight.

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