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The Stop Heard ‘Round the NFL’

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“That was probably one of the greatest plays of my career because of what we did as a team,” “You see a couple of big plays here or there, but I told the defense earlier, those third- and fourth-down goal-line stances will win us the ballgame,”

Linebacker Ray Lewis     Baltimoresun.com

 In a game that was a battle between two top teams it came down to a fourth and two.  Linebacker Ray Lewis gambled by rocketing through the Chargers offensive line to stop running back Darren Sproles in the backfield ending the game and sealing the victory for the Ravens. “The stop” by Ray Lewis was a play for the football purists and it may have been one of the greatest plays in Ravens history.

 Fourth and Two, Breaking it Down

On the fourth down Lewis recognized the formation of the Chargers offense. The previous week San Diego ran the same formation with Sproles who ran it in for the go ahead touchdown to beat the Raiders.  The Chargers also ran the play earlier in the game that day and Lewis didn’t “shoot the gap,” this time he took a gamble and made the stop. The play wasn’t supposed to be a blitz but Lewis instinctively made his decision and the rest his headlines.

 Beyond “The Stop”

The game ending tackle was amazing and Lewis made other impact plays during the game. He stopped Sproles from getting into the end zone by running him out of bounds and in a blitz play he forced Rivers to make a bad throw which led to an interception. While pass defense for the Ravens wasn’t good, Lewis led his defense in the red zone forcing San Diego to kick field goals.  Lewis finished with 12 tackles and three stops for losses in the win over San Diego.

 Stop Heard ‘Round the NFL’

Because of the dramatic ending to the game it got the attention of many following the NFL.  Several sports news and websites covered the play and gave the headlines to Lewis along with accolades for the team’s offensive consistency.   Additionally some of the NFL “power rankings” have the Ravens moving up into the top 5 going into week three. ESPN currently has the Ravens ranked number one going into the third week of the season.


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  1. […] Ravens Gab has a great post about Ray Lewis’ game-saving tackle, which has quickly emerged in Ravens circles as “The Stop Heard Round The NFL” […]

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