Ray Lewis beat reporters to the punch at his post-game press conference on Sunday.
“Is this my last game as a Raven? Absolutely not,” Lewis said. “Let me answer that question before somebody asks it.”
Lewis had an erratic game against the Patriots. He started out missing tackles and getting victimized in coverage, but settled down in the second half especially. He finished with 12 tackles.
The Ravens have now made it back to the playoffs seven times since the organization won the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, and they have yet to make it back to the big game.
“God has never made a mistake. Ever,” Lewis said via the Baltimore Sun. “Somebody is going to feel like this tomorrow, and somebody is going to feel like this in two weeks in the Super Bowl. And whomever wins it, that’s their year. That’s a fact, and there ain’t nothing nobody else can do about it.”
While Lewis was clear about his intentions after the game, center Matt Birk said he had to think about his future. Ed Reed didn’t talk to reporters, choosing to sing Teddy Pendergrass in the locker room instead.