A phone call in the middle of the night. A long drive at 2 a.m. A devastating loss. A decision. A moment of silence.
Then Torrey Smith lit up the night.
Less than 24 hours after the death of his brother, Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, propelling the Ravens to a 31-30 win over rival New England Patriots.
The news was sudden and shocking. Nineteen year old Tevin Jones had been killed in a motorcycle accident. In the dark, early hours of the morning, Smith traveled to Virginia to be with his family.
Just hours before the game, and after only one hour of sleep, Smith rejoined his teammates in Baltimore. He would play. And he would shine.
The energy and support of his teammates and the home crowd were with Smith. He responded by reigniting Baltimore when New England dominated the scoreboard. Twice, Smith's touchdown passes brought the game back within the Ravens' reach.
His first grab in the end zone put the Ravens on the board after they had fallen ten points behind the Patriots. As his teammates celebrated the score, Smith knelt and pointed to the sky. Television cameras captured the tears in his eyes.