The Ravens' review: 2012 season
To keep you entertained during the 2013 NFL offseason, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will go back and review the performance of each significant Ravens contributor during the 2012 season. He started with the team's free agents and recent retires and will break down a new Ravens player every weekday.
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Ray Lewis, inside linebacker( Patrick Smith, Getty Images / February 5, 2013 )
GS: 6 | GP: 6 | Snaps: 443
Season in review: Lewis manned the middle of the Ravens defense until he tore his right triceps in a Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys. At first it appeared to be a season-ending injury, but the team kept the door open for a late-season return. Lewis rejoined the lineup at the start of the playoffs. While he understandably did not play at a Hall-of-Fame level, he played every defensive snap in the playoffs.
Signature moment: Four days before the wild-card round, Lewis lifted his teammates by announcing that the playoffs would be his last ride. Four games later, he lifted a Lombardi Trophy for a second time.
Stat that stands out: 51 -- tackles by Lewis in the playoffs, the most ever by a player in playoff history.
Pro Football Focus grade: -16.8 overall | -1.2 against the run | -2.9 as a pass rusher | -11.7 in pass coverage.
Outlook for 2013 and beyond: Lewis has retired and will take his talents to ESPN -- at the end of the day.