FOXBORO -- If both the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals win their first-round games this weekend, the Ravens would then travel to New England to take on the Patriots in the Divisional Round.
And, according to Ray Lewis, Tom Brady would then have the opportunity to end Ray Lewis' career.
The veteran linebacker announced, on Wednesday, that he will retire after this season. And if it is truly more than just a motivational tactic on the part of Lewis, Brady said on Thursday that it was an honor to be able to play against him so many times.
"He was -- he still is an incredible player and a competitor," said the Patriots' quarterback before Thursday's practice. "Like I said, I know so many people that have said so many things about him, in terms of guys that have played with him. They can probably speak to him the best. But it was a privilege to play against him."
Brady was reminded of a quarterback sneak in Lewis' face that went for a touchdown in last year's AFC Championship game, in which he dove up and over to the ground before Lewis could stuff him at the goal line.
"I always enjoy beating the Ravens," said Brady. "So, yeah, anytime I can beat those guys. They got us once this year. There's nobody that's played that position better than him."