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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ray Lewis And Co.
Alex Smith ran off the field at Candlestick Park two weeks ago to a standing ovation and cheers from the sellout crowd, not much different from the reception last January when he took the San Francisco 49ers oh so close to a Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens did everything imaginable to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game. They got a fine game, a better-than-Tom Brady game, out of Joe Flacco, their under-fire quarterback. They extracted three turnovers from the Patriots - normally very stingy in that department - and had only one giveaway. They made the Pats settle for field goals three times when touchdowns might have changed the complexion of things.