Perhaps the most telling moment of the Ray Lewis Show tonight occurred when a caller asked the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker to comment on coach Brian Billick's decision to call two passing plays when the offense needed just one yard to get a first down on its final drive of the game -- which also would have taken more time off the clock.
Before Lewis could speak, co-host Anita Marks threw out a block that Jonathan Ogden might have been proud of.
"I'm going to have Ray Lewis plead the Fifth here because we don't need his comments all over SportsCenter, all over NFL Live, all over the NFL Network," Marks interceded. "We've been here, we've been down this path again. Déjà vu. Got the free T-shirt. We don't need it again. Second-and-one, third-and-one, you'd hope by now that Brian would at least run the ball once. He didn't. I'll say it. I don't think they'll put my comments on SportsCenter and the NFL Network."
Earlier, Lewis protested the way officials reversed their initial ruling on Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson's game-tying field goal at the end of regulation.
"I know officials make mistakes – don't get me wrong – but I've never seen a mistake made and then the final score of the game … it said final score. That means it's final. So if a mistake was made, that's like going back and trying to re-correct every other play that was ever made. You made a mistake, and I just think it was bad to have it like that. The game is over, and everybody has run off the field and then you come back and on a play that was not reviewable. I don't know if a lot of people know that, but a field goal is not reviewable. So for them to come back and change that, wow."
Later, Lewis expressed his pride with the team's character.
"When you're in that game the way you're in that game and with all of the things that went down, I think the greatest thing you come out of there with is a pat on your young guys' backs, especially [quarterback] Kyle [Boller] and especially [wide receiver Devard] Darling, and saying, 'You know what? The next man stepped up no matter what. No matter our record, we went out there and we played yesterday.' I'm proud of my team. I'm not proud of what happened in the outcome."