Ravens made adjustment to hide Ray Lewis in Super Bowl

Ravens made adjustment to hide Ray Lewis in Super Bowl
February 7, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Vernon Davis gestures to Ray Lewis after making a play in the Super Bowl. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Everyone knew it was Ray Lewis' final career NFL game. What you might not have known until NBC Sports Network aired the Super Bowl edition of "NFL Turning Point" Wednesday night, was that it was an in-game adjustment made by Ravens head coach John Harbaugh that played a major role in sending the 17-year veteran out on top.

The 49ers enjoyed early success running routes around the 37-year-old middle linebacker, enticing vociferous tight end Vernon Davis to inform Lewis the he's in for a long day.

Both sidelines took notice.

Davis was caught on the NBC Sports Network show telling his coaches to keep devising plays that put him in Lewis' jurisdiction.

“He can’t match up,” Davis was recorded saying. “I don’t care what route I got.”

Meanwhile, the subsequent demand John Harbaugh delivered to his defensive coaching staff over the headsets may have altered the game.

“We can’t let Ray be matched up on 85 (Davis) or 15 (Michael Crabtree) all day when we’re playing quarters,” said Harbaugh.

While Davis went for 104 yards and Crabtree tallied 109 receiving yards and a score, Lewis' teammates ensured the Ravens defense had the last laugh by stopping three passing plays from the five-yard line with the Super Bowl in the boughs.

Though they hid him when it mattered in the Super Bowl, Lewis was front and center for the Ravens' championship parade in Baltimore Tuesday.