Ravens Legends: The Top 5 Ray Lewis Moments

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4. 4th & 2

The Ravens were battling the San Diego Chargers in 2009 when Lewis had one of those special plays that only he could deliver. It was fourth down with two yards to go for the Chargers offense with less than a minute remaining in the game. It was the final drive and the entire game rested on this play on 4th & 2.

Phillip Rivers took the snap and handed the ball off to Darren Sproles, who immediately got crushed by Lewis. It was one of the greatest gambles you’ll ever see on the football field. If that was a play-action pass, Lewis would have left the middle of the field wide open. If he shot the wrong gap, the play could have had much different results. Lewis immediately fired into the backfield in a straight line for Sproles. For anybody else that would have been a gamble for Ray it was instinct.

Ray Lewis read that it was a run up the gut and he knew it from the first second the Chargers lined up. Lewis was right and he made one of the most exciting plays in NFL history. It was the kind of play that showed you just how amazing Lewis was on the football field. The play was symbolic of what Lewis ultimately is, a lightning bolt of positive energy that cannot be stopped.

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