Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs thinks another reason was inside linebacker Ray Lewis’ retirement announcement four days prior to the team’s first playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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Suggs was then quite candid when asked if the Ravens would have won the Super Bowl if Lewis hadn’t announced his intention.
“No, probably not,” he said. “Because as a team, we know we’re really good – we needed something to get us over the hump. To do what we had to do – to beat the future in [the Colts’] Andrew Luck, to go into [Denver with] Peyton Manning having an MVP season and going there and winning, and then going up to Foxborough a place where we lost the previous year against arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of our time – without that emotional lift it probably would have been next to impossible. With the lead of No. 52, we had enough to do it.”
Lewis finished with a league-best 51 tackles in the postseason, but he struggled to cover receivers in the team’s 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. But it seems that Lewis’ presence was more important psychologically than physically to the Ravens.