National Football League

Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
January 28, 2001
Attendance: 71,921
Baltimore Ravens (AFC)73141034
New York Giants (NFC)00707
Most Valuable Player: Ray Lewis
Jermaine Lewis' kick return was the stunning blow that put the Giants away.
Duane Starks returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and Jermaine Lewis ran back a kickoff 84 yards for another score within a 36-second span late in the third quarter, as Baltimore rolled to a 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium.

Baltimore (16-4) limited New York (14-5) to 152 total yards, including just 36 in the second half. The Ravens also came up with four sacks and four interceptions. The Ravens, who finished this season 16-0 when scoring at least 10 points, lived up to their billing as the league's top defensive club.Baltimore surrendered an NFL record-low 165 points during the regular season and just 23 in four post-season games.

Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis recorded five tackles and defensed four passes to garner MVP honors. He is just the seventh defensive player to win the MVP and the first since Dallas' Larry Brown in Super Bowl XXX. "We dominated everybody we played," said Ray Lewis. "That's why I truly believe, not without disrespecting anyone else, that this defense has been the best in history."

It's the first time in 30 years that a team from Baltimore has won the Super Bowl. The Colts beat Dallas in Super Bowl V.

The Giants lost for the first time in three Super Bowl games. New York upended Buffalo 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV in Tampa and defeated Denver 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI.

The Ravens ended the season by winning their final 11 games.

It was a power-packed 36 seconds late in the third, as Starks picked off Kerry Collins and raced down the center of the field to extend Baltimore's lead to 17-0. Collins' fourth interception tied a Super Bowl record, most recently set by New England's Drew Bledsoe in 1997.

On the ensuing kickoff, New York's Ron Dixon raced 97 yards to break the shutout with 3:31 left in the quarter. Dixon raced up the left sideline and then outran the coverage in the middle of the field. Dixon equaled his 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in New York's 20-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff game.

Baltimore then reciprocated when Jermaine Lewis took Brad Daluiso's kickoff at the 16-yard line, cut to the right sideline and scampered the rest of the way to the end zone. It marked the first time in Super Bowl history that two kickoffs were returned for touchdowns in the same game.

The Ravens salted away the win when Jamal Lewis pounded his way to a three-yard TD run with 8:45 left in the contest to make it 31-7. Jamal Lewis swept left and stuck out his left hand, with the ball barely breaking the plane of the goal line before he lost control of it. The Giants challenged the play, but the ruling on the field was held up. It was the first rushing touchdown for a rookie in a Super Bowl in 13 years.

Baltimore was able to chew away most of the remaining time after Dixon fumbled away the ensuing kickoff at the New York 34. Matt Stover kicked a 34-yard field goal to round out the scoring.

Collins finished the game completing 15-of-39 passes for 112 yards, while Baltimore QB Trent Dilfer hit on 12-of-25 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Jamal Lewis rushed 27 times for 102 yards, and was just the second back to go over 100 yards against the Giants this season. Tennessee's EddieGeorge was the other player to accomplish the feat.

Dilfer connected with Brandon Stokley on a 38-yard touchdown pass with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter, and Stover kicked a 47-yard field goal late in the second for the Ravens, who led 10-0 at halftime. The scoring pass capped a 41-yard drive and marked the longest reception of Stokley's two-year career.

The Giants appeared to score a touchdown early in the second quarter, as Jessie Armstead picked off a Dilfer pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown. However, the play was negated when New York's Keith Hamilton was whistled for defensive holding.

Dilfer departed the game early in the third quarter after he injured his left hand. Tony Banks replaced Dilfer at QB, but the Ravens were unable to put any points on the board following a Kim Herring interception at the New York 41-yard line. Stover missed a 41-yard field goal, wide left.

It was a sweet return to Tampa for Dilfer, who spent several years with the Buccaneers before joining the Ravens this past season.

In the final week leading up to the Super Bowl, Ray Lewis was questioned often by the media about his role in a double murder that resulted in the deaths of two men on an Atlanta sidewalk just hours after last year's Super Bowl between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans. Ray Lewis was acquitted, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was fined $250,000 by the NFL, a punishment hehas appealed.

"A lot of people said our offense couldn't score points," said Ray Lewis. "They said we couldn't ride on our defensive backs, but we did."

Game Notes

New York's Tiki Barber had 11 carries for 49 yards...The teams combined for a Super Bowl record 21 punts...Both teams struggled on third downs, as the Giants were 2-of-14 and the Ravens went 3-of- 16...Next year's Super Bowl will take place in New Orleans and the 2003 game will be held in San Diego...The Ravens became the third wildcard team to win the Super Bowl, joining the 1980 Oakland Raiders and 1997 Denver Broncos.