Just prior to the wildcard game on January 6th, 2013, the man above, defensive captain Ray Lewis announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season. Fans and spectators reeled upon hearing the news, but his fellow Ravens, having barely made it to the Playoffs, were determined to send him off with a Superbowl Championship. First they had to get past the Indianapolis Colts, who managed to rally behind a golden boy rookie quarterback and a coach who was diagnosed with cancer. With such motivation, how could the Ravens possibly win?
And even if they did, this would be their last game at M&T Bank Stadium, and this would be the last time 70,000 Ravens fans would see Ray’s entrance dance.