NFL Super Bowl XXXV: Ravens 34 Giants 7
The Ravens Defeat the Giants 34-7 to win Super Bowl XXXV, Ravens LB Ray Lewis named MVP
The Balitmore Ravens defense completed a dominating season by allowing the Giants just 152 yards, forcing 5 turnovers, recording 4 sacks, and not allowing an offensive touchdown en route to the franchise's first Super Bowl victory.
Jermaine Lewis's punt return into Giants' territory midway through the first quarter was followed two plays later by Trent Dilfer's 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley, which gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Jessie Armstead intercepted a short pass by Dilfer and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown, but the play was nullified by a penalty. Dilfer's 36-yard pass to Qadry Ismail in the second quarter set up Matt Stover's 47-yard field goal with 1:48 left in the half.
Tiki Barber's 27-yard run gave the Giants their deepest penetration of the game, to the Ravens' 29, but Chris McAlister intercepted Kerry Collins's pass on the next play to preserve a 10-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Duane Starks stepped in front of Amani Toomer and intercepted Collins's pass. Starks returned it 49 yards untouched for a 17-0 lead.
The Giants immediately cut the lead to 10 points when Ron Dixon returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. However, Jermaine Lewis then matched Dixon's kickoff return as he cut across the field and raced 84 yards for a 24-7 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter. The 3 touchdowns in 36 seconds were a Super Bowl record.
The Giants gained just 1 first down on their final four possessions. Jamal Lewis's 3-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter game Baltimore a 31-7 lead, and Robert Bailey recovered Dixon's fumble on the ensuing kickoff return to set up Stover's 34-yard field goal with 5:27 remaining to finish the scoring.
Dilfer completed 12 of 25 passes for 153 yards and 1 touchdown. Jamal Lewis had 27 carries for 102 yards. Collins was 15 of 39 for 112 yards, with 4 interceptions. Ray Lewis was named Super Bowl most valuable player
Super Bowl XXXV: MVP Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Becoming only the seventh defensive player to win a Super Bowl MVP award, Lewis inspired Baltimore to a 34-7 win over the Giants
In the span of a year, Ray Lewis went from Super Bowl sideshow to Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Standing atop the Super Bowl winners' celebratory stage after the game, the same player who oftentimes found himself vilified, testified to a faith in his maker and his team.
"The man upstairs tells you: I never will take you through hell without bringing you to triumph," Lewis said after his Baltimore Ravens' 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. "And that's why I'm sitting up here now."
There's a reason why just seven defenders now have been selected Most Valuable Player in 35 Super Bowls. Voters usually lean toward tangible statistical factors from the big game's offensive stars.
Lewis' statistical stats from Super Bowl XXXV (3 tackles, 2 assists and 4 passes defensed) weren't necessarily his best. The NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn't intercept a pass or return a fumble for a touchdown.
The select panel of voters and Internet voters simply recognized that he was the heart, soul, and leader of perhaps the best defensive unit and performance in Super Bowl history. And in accordance with his role, Lewis evoked confidence during his postgame press conference.
"I told Shannon Sharpe and I told Jamal Lewis: Give us 10 points and the game is over," Lewis said. "That's not boasting. If you give us 10 points, game over. You go down against our defense, you're in a whole lot of trouble. We've dominated people like that all year. And they didn't score on us. Make sure you quote that. They didn't score on our defense."
Lewis repeatedly used the spotlight of the most valuable player press conference to praise his defensive teammates and promote their place in history.
"It was incredible to see the way we came out and played as a team," Lewis said. "Our defense has been doing this all year. And never, never got the credit. No one can ever take this away from us. We're the best ever."
Amidst the postgame fireworks, confetti, and championship acclaim, Lewis seemed once, and for all, to be at peace when contemplating his journey through the past year.
"To be where I was last year and to hear everyone say that it's going to affect me, I had a higher power that said everything's going to be all right," he said. "And that's why I'm here right now. If you put this in a storybook, nobody would believe it."
Despite the afterglow of winning the biggest game of his career, Lewis couldn't help but take the opportunity to address any critics who still want to see him fail.
"If the world wants to see me stumble now," he said. "I'll stumble with a [Super Bowl] ring on my finger."
Super Bowl XXXV
SUPER BOWL XXXV SCORING
BAL Stokley 38 pass from Dilfer (Stover kick), 8:10
BAL FG Stover 47, 13:19
BAL Starks 49 interception return (Stover kick), 11:11
NYG Dixon 97 kickoff return (Daluiso kick), 11:29
BAL Je. Lewis 84 kickoff return (Stover kick), 11:47
BAL Ja. Lewis 3 run (Stover kick), 6:15
BAL FG Stover 34, 9:33
January 28, 2001
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)
Super Bowl XXXV: Ticket and Championship Ring
Super Bowl Games & Super Bowl MVP History
Super Bowl I
Green Bay Packers 35 Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II
Green Bay Packers 33 Oakland Raiders 14
Super Bowl III
New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7
Super Bowl IV
Kansas City Chiefs 23 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl V
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Super Bowl VI
Dallas Cowboys 24 Miami Dolphins 3
Super Bowl VII
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Super Bowl VIII
Miami Dolphins 24 Minnesota Vikings 7
Super Bowl IX
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Super Bowl X
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Super Bowl XI
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Super Bowl XII
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Super Bowl XIII
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Super Bowl XIV
Pittsburgh Steelers 31 Los Angeles Rams 19
Super Bowl XV
Oakland Raiders 27 Philadelphia Eagles 10
Super Bowl XVI
San Francisco 49ers 26 Cincinnati Bengals 21
Super Bowl XVII
Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17
Super Bowl XVIII
Los Angeles Raiders 38 Washington Redskins 9
Super Bowl XIX
San Francisco 49ers 38 Miami Dolphins 16
Super Bowl XX
Chicago Bears 46 New England Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXI
New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
Super Bowl XXII
Washington Redskins 42 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXIII
San Francisco 49ers 20 Cincinnati Bengals 16
Super Bowl XXIV
San Francisco 49ers 55 Denver Broncos 10
Super Bowl XXV
New York Giants 20 Buffalo Bills 19
Super Bowl XXVI
Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
Super Bowl XXVII
Dallas Cowboys 52 Buffalo Bills 17
Super Bowl XXVIII
Dallas Cowboys 30 Buffalo Bills 13
Super Bowl XXIX
San Francisco 49ers 49 San Diego Chargers 26
Super Bowl XXX
Dallas Cowboys 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Super Bowl XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35 New England Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXII
Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24
Super Bowl XXXIII
Denver Broncos 34 Atlanta Falcons 19
Super Bowl XXXIV
Saint Louis Rams 23 Tennessee Titans 16
Super Bowl XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34 New York Giants 7
Super Bowl XXXVI
New England Patriots 20 Saint Louis Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48 Oakland Raiders 21
Super Bowl XXXVIII
New England Patriots 32 Carolina Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX
New England Patriots 24 Philadelphia Eagles 21
Super Bowl XL
Steelers 21 Seahawks 10
Super Bowl XLI
Colts 29 Bears 17
Super Bowl XLII
New York Giants 17 New England Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLIII
Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23
Super Bowl XLIV
New Orleans Saints 31 Indianapolis Colts 17