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Lewis had a fumble recovery in the third quarter that was negated by a questionable hands-to-the-face call on cornerback Cary Williams, but the Ravens, who were thumped at home by the Broncos 34-17 a month ago, shook it off.
The Broncos (13-4) became the ninth top-seeded team to lose at home in its first game in the playoffs, and to a team that was coming off a short week and playing at altitude, no less.
“When you look back at it and let the emotions calm down, it will probably be one of the greatest victories in Ravens history,” Lewis said. “It’s partly because of the way everything was stacked against us coming in.”
It was even better than his emotion-filled farewell to Baltimore last week, when he did his famous dance coming out of the tunnel and then again after lining up at fullback in victory formation.
“One thing about the playoffs,” Lewis said, “the only way to top it is to win the following week.”
He said he spoke to his team last week about dismissing all those who said they had no chance.
“What if we do the impossible?” Lewis recounted saying.
It wasn’t just the lead-up to the game that was so daunting. The Ravens allowed Trindon Holliday to become the first player in NFL playoff history to return a punt and a touchdown for scores, and both his 90-yard punt return and 104-yard kickoff return were the longest in league postseason history.
“For us to come in here and win, nine- to 10-point underdogs, that’s the beautiful part about sports,” Lewis said. “That’s the thing that, if I miss anything about my career, it will be to listen to what people say you can’t do and then to go do it.”
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