By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
11:31 PM EST, January 12, 2013
Emotional and jubilant following the Ravens' dramatic 38-35 double-overtime victory over the top-seeded Denver Broncos on Saturday, star inside linebacker Ray Lewis has more football ahead of him.
Retiring at the end of the season, Lewis' stellar career was extended by at least one more game as the Ravens advance to the AFC championship game next week.
"God is amazing," Lewis said. "When you look back at it and be able to recap and let the emotions calm down, it will probably be one of the greatest victories in Ravens history. It's partly because of the way everything was stacked up against us coming in.
"I challenged my team this week to not listen to anything outside of our building to buy into who we are as a team, everything we've been through injury-wise. Now for us to be here, I think this will go down as one of the greatest victories in Ravens history."
Lewis and the AFC North champions knocked Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and the AFC West champions out of the playoffs.
Lewis, who displayed obvious signs of rust the previous week during a 24-9 AFC wild-card victory over the Indianapolis Colts where he dropped an interception, recorded a game-high 17 tackles against Denver.
"For us to come in here and win, underdogs, that's the beautiful thing about sports," Lewis said. "That's the thing that I'll probably miss anything about my career, it will be to listen to what people say you can't do and then to go do it. The plane ride is going to be so awesome. If I can give anything bac, it's faith, hope and love. It's overwhelming."