6 pm (CBS) - Giants - Ravens - Super Bowl XXXV
Super Bowl XXXV
were just too much for the Giants this time out.
Kerry Collins threw four interceptions.
Giants only scoring was off a kickoff return by
Ravens Jermaine Lewis ran one back on the very next
It's the first time successive kickoffs were run
back for TDs in a Super Bowl.
The Giants had a good run - Wait until next year.
was a good ride while it lasted.
it was, and I'll treasure some of the great moments
we had this season. Now it's over. It's finally
over, and I can't believe how stressed out I've
been over this one game. The two weeks before the
Super Bowl seemed to last forever. I was reading
everything I could get my hands on. There were so
many stories on all the players and the Giants organization.
It was great! We have to do this again next year
and come away with the win."
You don't sound so disappointed
"Oh of course I am, but overall it was
a great season. The Giants were never expected to
get this far. They came together and played like
a real team and gave us a shot at the big game.
They're always out there playing their best. Did
you notice at the end of the game, they didn't fold
like Minnesota did against us two weeks ago? They
were putting stops on the Ravens, trying to get
the ball back. That's my Giants!"
what went wrong?
"It looks like the Ravens defense was
better than what we expected. Collins looked terrible
trying to pass against them. We're on the other
side of what we've done to other quarterbacks we've
faced, and it's not pretty. You have to remember
though, just as they brought their teams to the
playoff games that they lost against us, Kerry brought
us all the way to the Super Bowl."
"Sure, some, but like you said it was a nice
ride while it lasted. The Giants were 7-9 last year,
finished this season at 12-4, and won two post season
games that included a seven game winning streak.
Next season we'll have mostly the same top players,
a few extra draft picks, and a whole year to figure
out the Ravens defense."
was a tough loss to take.
and a loss not so totally unexpected the way the
game started. The Ravens were able to stop the Giants
right away on the first drive, and that was after
spotting them 5 yards on an encroachment penalty.
The Giants failed to get a first down, starting
out on a 1st and 5. The Ravens offense did no better
when they got the ball, and so it became a punting
war with the Giants losing more and more field position
each punt, until Baltimore scored. It went like
this. The Giants started at the NYG 21. The next
time they had it at the NYG 13, and then the NYG
Meanwhile during this time, Baltimore was improving
their field position first from the BLT 37, and
then, the BLT 49, and next the NYG 41. So you knew
what was going to happen."
Ravens were going to score first.
"Right, and they did, and not with a field
goal as you might expect since they had made no
first downs in their 'march' downfield, but instead
with a 38 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley.
Dilfer throwing deep caught the Giants by surprise,
and besides, would you expect the Ravens to throw
to Stokley if you were covering? He had only 1 catch
in 1999, and just 11 this whole season. Shaun Williams
should have been deeper, and Sehorn couldn't catch
up with Stokley who raced in for the touchdown,
and the score became Baltimore 7, Giants 0."
was a real big play for the Ravens.
"The next big excitement for the Tampa crowd
was a Kerry Collins pass intended for Toomer that
was intercepted, followed up on the very next play
by a Trent Dilfer pass that was intercepted by Armstead
and run in for a 43 yard touchdown. The trouble
is, it won't make it into the record books, because
of a defensive holding call on Keith Hamilton. Replays
didn't show too much, but the call stood. At the
end of the half, the score was Baltimore 10, Giants
Giants only score was on Ron Dixon's kickoff return.
"Another Kerry Collins pass intended for Toomer
was intercepted by Duane Starks who had studied
Collins, and noticed that when Collins dropped back
in a certain way, it was going to be a slant pass.
Starks was ready, got his interception, and ran
it back for a touchdown to make the score 17-0 Baltimore.
Ron Dixon took the next kickoff at the 3 and ran
it back 97 yards for a touchdown, and the Giants
were finally on the scoreboard.
That got the Giants fans going, but with the score
Baltimore 17, Giants 7, Jermaine Lewis took Brad
Daluiso's short kickoff from the 16, all the way
back for a Raven touchdown. In 36 seconds of playing
time, the score jumped up to Baltimore 24, Giants
7. The Ravens went on to score another touchdown
and field goal in the fourth quarter to make the
final score Baltimore 34, Giants 7."
quarterbacks got beat up in this game.
"Trent Dilfer got sacked three times and had
to leave the game for awhile. Kerry Collins got
sacked two times and continued playing even though
he suffered a separated shoulder in the third quarter."
would have made a difference in this game?
"If Keith Hamilton hadn't been called for that
penalty, the score would have been 7-7. If head
coach Jim Fassel had used Jaret Holmes for deeper
kickoffs instead of Daluiso, maybe the Giants would
have had better field position throughout the game,
and maybe Jermaine Lewis doesn't run one back for
However, then Fassel wouldn't have been able to
activate Joe Montgomery.
Montgomery was needed because the Giants had given
up on any ideas that Ron Dayne would be effective
against this Ravens defense, and if anything happened
to Tiki there would be no running game at all.
If Kerry Collins had been more effective with his
passing, things would have certainly have been better.
If the Giants had covered better in the secondary,
that would have been good too. In the end though,
even with all that, it's hard to say that the Giants
would have come away with a win against the Ravens
in that game."
Giants - Kerry Collins 15-38 for 110 yards, 4 INT.
Ravens - Trent Dilfer 12-25 for 153 yards, 0 INT,
Tony Banks 0-1 for 0 yards, 0 INT.
Giants - Tiki Barber 11-48, Kerry Collins 3-12,
Joe Montgomery 2-5.
Ravens - Jamal Lewis 28-102, Priest Holmes 4-8,
Trent Dilfer 1-0.
Giants - Ike Hilliard 3-30, Amani Toomer 2-24, Tiki
Barber 6-24, Ron Dixon 1-16, Howard Cross 1-7, Pete
Mitchell 1-7, Greg Comella 1-2.
- Brandon Stokley 3-52, Qadry Ismail 1-44, Ben Coates
3-30, Pat Johnson 1-8, Jermaine Lewis 1-6, Shannon
Sharpe 1-5, Priest Holmes 1-4, Jamal Lewis 1-4.
N.Y. Giants - Ron Dixon 6 for 150, Damon Washington
1 for 17.
Ravens - Jermaine Lewis 2 for 84.
Giants - Ike Hilliard 3 for 33, Tiki Barber 2 for
Ravens - Jermaine Lewis 1 for 23.
Ravens - Matt Stover 41.
Ravens - Jamie Sharper 1 for 2, Kim Herring
1 for 0, Duane Starks 1 for 49, Chris McAlister
1 for 4.
Ravens - Robert Bailey.
Giants - Shaun Williams 5-2-0, Michael Barrow 6-0-0,
Jason Sehorn 6-0-0, Michael Strahan 5-1-1.5, Sam
Garnes 5-0-0, Keith Hamilton 5-0-0, Ryan Phillips
4-0-0, Jessie Armstead 2-1-0, Christian Peter 2-0-0,
Cornelius Griffin 1-1-1.5, Emmanuel Mcdaniel 1-0-0,
Cedric Jones 1-0-0, Dave Thomas 1-0-0.
Ravens - Rod
Woodson 5-1-0, Duane Starks 5-0-0, Ray Lewis 3-2-0,
Keith Washington 4-0-1, Corey Harris 3-1-0, Rob
Burnett 3-1-1, Michael Mccrary 3-0-2, Jamie Sharper
2-0-0, Sam Adams 1-0-0, Chris Mcalister 1-0-0, Tony
Siragusa 1-0-0, Lional Dalton 1-0-0, James Trapp
Giants - 65
Ravens - 110
Ravens - 133
Time of Possession
Ravens - 34:06
BAL - Brandon Stokley 38 Yard TD Pass from
Trent Dilfer (Matt Stover Extra Point), 6:50. Baltimore
BAL - Matt Stover 47 Yard Field Goal,
1:41. Baltimore 10-0.
BAL - Duane Starks 49 Yard Interception Return
for TD (Matt Stover Extra Point), 3:49. Baltimore
NYG - Ron Dixon 97 Yard Kickoff Return for
TD (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 3:31. Baltimore 17-7
BAL - Jermaine Lewis 84 Yard Kickoff Return
for TD (Matt Stover Extra Point), 3:13. Baltimore
BAL - Jamal Lewis 4 Yard TD Run (Matt Stover
Extra Point), 8:45. Baltimore 31-7
BAL - Matt Stover 34 Yard Field Goal, 5:28.
Bowl records set or tied
Super Bowl XXXV play-by-play
During 36 seconds,
late in the third quarter 3 touchdowns were scored.
Two of them were
on back-to-back kickoff returns by the Giants' Ron
Dixon and Baltimore's Jermaine Lewis.
Ron Dixon's return
was the fourth longest in game history.
The teams set a
Super Bowl record with 21 punts.
Ravens tied a Super
Bowl record with their four interceptions.
Each team had only
one first down in the first quarter.
Ray Lewis was named the game's most valuable player.