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Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis, who tends to be fiery, liked what he saw from an enraged Joe Flacco Sunday.

Flacco complained bitterly to referee Walt Anderson that he had been kneed in the helmet by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith after getting sacked by defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson in the third quarter of the Ravens' eventual 30-24 win.

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On Wednesday, Lewis sided with his quarterback."I'm always with Joe," Lewis said. "I was pissed off, too. You don't get that out of Joe a lot, but when he does something like that, there's something on his mind. When you go back and watch the tape, he did hit him in the head."

Asked if he likes to see that emotion from Flacco, Lewis said, "Yeah. you have to love it. More importantly, I think the offense really needed to see that because then it turns into a whole different ball game. It's kind of like we are on defense. When somebody comes at one of us on defense, the whole game is personal from that point. I think that game became very personal when that happened to Joe."

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