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How nervous was Ray Lewis during Ravens' Super Bowl victory?

The Baltimore Sun

Inside linebacker Ray Lewis ran through the gamut of emotions after the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night, but former teammate Trevor Pryce thought he displayed one major emotion during the game.


The former NFL defensive end, who played for the Ravens from 2006 to 2010, said in a Monday appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” that it looked like Lewis had the “yips” and was just hoping to get the game over with.

“He had it bad. He didn't look like himself, even his new self. Forget his old self, that guy's gone, that guy's named Patrick Willis," Pryce said, according to USA Today. "But even the guy he was [in the AFC championship game], he wasn't that guy. He had a case of it bad, badly. It was almost like he was just hoping let's get this over with."

Lewis made seven tackles in the 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers. That was his lowest total of the postseason. But with 51 tackles in the playoffs, he established a new NFL record for tackles in a postseason.

Still, Pro Football Focus gave Lewis his lowest performance grade of the 2012 season, with negative grades in both run defense and pass coverage. Meanwhile, follow inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe got high marks.

"Half of his playoff check should go to Dannell Ellerbe for making that last play on that last fade route,” Price said. "The other half to Greg Roman, the 49ers offensive coordinator … I think [Lewis] played with a case of the nerves. I think he had the yips. I really do."

Lewis hasn’t responded, but this picture is the only rebuttal he needs.

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