Many factors played into the Ravens’ run to Super Bowl XLVII, including quarterback Joe Flacco’s inspired play, wide receiver-return specialist Jacoby Jones’ contributions and the revamped offensive line’s performances.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs thinks another reason was inside linebacker Ray Lewis’ retirement announcement four days prior to the team’s first playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
“You could say what sparked it was Ray [Lewis’] announcement when he said that this would be his last playoff run with us,” Suggs said Friday night as a guest of the NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” program. “I would definitely say that was hands-down what sparked it and got our minds going in the right place. But we’ve always been a pretty dangerous team in the playoffs so we knew with Ray announcing that he was retiring with how we normally play in the playoffs, those two combined together rallied one of the most emotional runs I’ve ever been a part of.”
Ravens would not have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis' retirement, Terrell Suggs says
Baltimore Sun | Feb 10