- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Two future Hall of Famers will meet Sunday when quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots faces linebacker Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's AFC Championship Game. This is the final meeting between these two football legends. Lewis announced that he will retire after the postseason.
It's fitting that Brady and Lewis will compete for the final time with a chance to go to the Super Bowl on the line. Brady and Lewis are arguably the top offensive and defensive players of this generation and have four combined championships. They have defined elite quarterback and linebacker play for at least the past dozen years.
Here is Brady vs. Lewis by the numbers, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:
Brady is 5-2 in his career against Lewis. Baltimore’s only two victories against the Patriots came in the regular season in Week 3 and the wild-card playoffs following the 2009 season.
In seven games Lewis has just one career sack against Brady, recorded in the 2009 playoff game.
Since 2008, Brady is has a 63.1 Total Quarterback Rating against the Ravens, which is his second-lowest total against any team. Brady’s lowest QBR since 2008 is 59.1 against the New York Jets.
Brady has handled the blitz well. He has an 85.6 Total Quarterback Rating against five or more rushers, which was second in the NFL this season. He was 13-of-17 for 118 yards against Baltimore’s blitz in Week 3.
The Ravens and Patriots are a combined 6-2 in the playoffs the past two seasons.
Brady's Patriots and Lewis' Ravens have been the two dominant teams in the AFC the past two years. But the road ends Sunday for one of these great players.