Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/19/14

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND - MAY 8: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens runs during minicamp at the practice facility on May 8, 2009 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is playing for the chance to extend his 17-year NFL career.  Having announced his impending retirement on Jan. 2, the future Hall of Famer knows that each playoff game could be his last.  On Saturday, Lewis will face another future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning, whose beaten the Ravens nine consecutive times, including the Broncos' 34-17 victory Dec. 16 at Baltimore. "It's always those close games (you remember)," Lewis said. "It's those classic memories that you reminisce about when the game is over. The warrior side of me remembers all those times being a heck of a battle." In terms of Saturday's AFC division-round playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Lewis said Manning's win streak means nothing. "It's a whole new game now," Lewis said. "There are so many people who have never played Peyton before who are on this team, outside of a couple weeks ago. I don't think you're able to get into that scenario because that scenario's irrelevant. The only thing that's relevant right now is if we win this week." In the Ravens wild-card playoff victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Lewis recorded 13 tackles, his first time playing since tearing his right triceps Oct. 14. Asked about Lewis, Manning said he would personally wish him well at a later time. "I think sometimes when you say it in front of a lot of people, it's not quite the same and as personal," Manning said. "I think Ray Lewis knows how I feel about him and I think I'll share that with him at the appropriate time." "(Lewis) is an excellent player," Manning said Tuesday. "He's made a huge difference for their team coming back; you could see the energy that he brought to that team on Sunday." The Ravens will be playing with a lot of emotion on Saturday, but Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard said everyone will be ready to play. "Of course they're going to be amped up this weekend," Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. "But it's a playoff game, and everybody's emotions are going to be running high." Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, whose played in seven career playoff games - five with the Broncos, said he will make sure teammates know how big of an opportunity it is to be playing in the playoffs.  "I think one thing I probably need to do more is just emphasize it to my teammates," Bailey said. "I was young in this league at one point and my first year I made the playoffs. After that, I didn't make it for the next four years. These opportunities don't come by that often. I think once everybody understands that, it gives everybody else a different perspective." Photo Credit

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