Ravens give emotional Reed a game ball

With his brother’s health very much at the front of his mind as he suited up for this afternoon’s playoff game against the Chiefs, Ed Reed gave an inspired performance.

Reed’s stat line (four tackles, no interceptions) wasn’t the finest of his career, and he was seemingly the only member of the Ravens defense not to contribute a turnover - a tribute to the defense, not a knock on Reed - but the veteran safety played a solid, smart game under trying circumstances.

He helped take away the dangerous Dwayne Bowe, who led the NFL in receiving touchdowns, and confused and intimidated Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who completed just nine passes for 70 yards and looked gun shy throughout much of the game.

Reed also delivered the hit of the day when he came up from his deep safety spot to lay a bone-rattling shot on running back Dexter McCluster, who had just caught a pass from Cassel out of the backfield.

And he did all that while still not knowing the whereabouts of his younger brother Brian, who went missing Friday.

Brian Reed jumped into the Mississippi River in an attempt to elude police, and has not yet been found. Authorities have since called off the search, but the Reed family is still praying and hoping for a miracle.

Despite the ongoing family tragedy, Ed Reed decided to travel with the team to Kansas City and play today, saying that his brother would have wanted him to be a part of this afternoon’s game.

After the Ravens’ 30-7 win, Derrick Mason gave Reed the game ball, and the safety delivered an emotional speech which you have to see if you haven’t already.

Reed couldn’t be with his family this weekend because he wanted to be in Kansas City, but as head coach John Harbaugh has said, you can tell that he’s got a family in the Ravens’ locker room.

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