For Ravens and Giants, 2000 was year of the defense

January 28, 2001

How the Ravens' and Giants' defenses performed on the way to tonight's meeting in Super Bowl XXXV.

Week 1

Ravens: Hold Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis to 8 yards on nine carries. ... Record first shutout. Giants: Hold Arizona to 43 yards rushing. ... Allow season-high 312 yards passing.

Week 2

Ravens: Allow season-high 36 points to Jacksonville. ... WR Jimmy Smith catches 15 passes for 291 yards. Giants: Limit Philadelphia's Duce Staley to 11 yards on seven carries. ... Record three sacks.

Week 3

Ravens: Give up first rushing touchdown. ... Allow season-high 69 percent completion rate. Giants: Limit Chicago to 48 yards rushing on 16 carries. ... Record four sacks.

Week 4

Ravens: Limit Cincinnati's Corey Dillon to 9 yards on 12 carries. ... Record second shutout. Giants: Surrender 284 yards passing to Washington's Brad Johnson. ... Allow 110 yards rushing.

Week 5

Ravens: Allow a season-low 4 yards rushing against Cleveland. ... Record third shutout. Giants: Allow season-high 436 yards against Tennessee. ... Give up season-high 152 yards rushing -- 125 to Eddie George.

Week 6

Ravens: Set a franchise-record by forcing six turnovers (three fumbles, three interceptions) against Jacksonville. ... Ray Lewis has 13 tackles and recovers a fumble. Giants: Hold Atlanta to 13 yards rushing and no rushing first downs, best performance of season. ... Hold opponent out of end zone for first time.

Week 7

Ravens: Washington's Stephen Davis rushes for 91 yards, most by an opposing back this season. ... Allow season-high 57 percent third-down conversions. Giants: Get season-high five interceptions against Dallas. ... Hold Emmitt Smith to 61 yards on 19 carries.

Week 8

Ravens: Hold Tennessee to seven first downs. ... Knock RB Eddie George out of the game on his first carry. Giants: Bye week.

Week 9

Ravens: Allow a season-high 120 yards rushing to Pittsburgh. ... Sack QB Kordell Stewart five times. Giants: Allow season-low eight first downs against Philadelphia. ... Hold opponent below 200 yards of total offense for first time.

Week 10

Ravens: Hold Cincinnati RB Corey Dillon to 23 yards on 16 carries. ... Allow Bengals inside Ravens' 40 once in 11 possessions. Giants: Limit Cleveland to 11 first downs. ... Record four sacks.

Week 11

Ravens: Hold Tennessee's Eddie George to 28 yards on 12 carries. ... Recover two fumbles. Giants: Allow season-high four TD passes against St. Louis. ... Rams get 28 first downs.

Week 12

Ravens: Allow a season-best 10 percent third-down conversion against Dallas. ... Record fourth shutout. Giants: Give up three TD passes against Detroit. ... Hold James Stewart to 52 yards on 22 carries.

Week 13

Ravens: Record season-high six sacks. ... Allow only 26 yards after the Browns' first drive. Giants: Record season-high six sacks against Arizona ...Force four turnovers (three fumbles, one interception).

Week 14

Ravens: Bye week. Giants: Hold Washington's Stephen Davis to 29 yards on 13 carries. ... Intercept two passes.

Week 15

Ravens: Set team record by allowing 64 yards passing against Chargers. ... Recover four fumbles and intercept one pass. Giants: Allow Pittsburgh's Jerome Bettis 39 yards on 17 carries. ... Record two sacks.

Week 16

Ravens: Last-minute defensive stand in red zone preserves win over Arizona. ... Allow one touchdown or fewer for 11th time. Giants: Allow a season-low 145 yards against Dallas. ... Fourth straight game of holding opponent to one touchdown.

Week 17

Ravens: Allow season-high 473 yards passing. ... Set NFL record for points allowed in a 16-game season. Giants: End Fred Taylor's streak of 100-yard games at nine.. ... Record two sacks and force two turnovers.

Week 18

Ravens: Hold Denver -- the NFL's No. 2 ranked offense -- to three points and 177 total yards in wild-card playoff victory. ... Allow Broncos to cross midfield once. Giants: NFC's No. 1 seed gets bye.

Week 19

Ravens: Ray Lewis' interception return for touchdown clinches divisional playoff win over Tennessee. ... Give up season-high 126 yards rushing. Giants: Hold Philadelphia to 11 first downs and 186 total yards in divisional victory. ... Eagles convert only two of 15 third-down plays.

Week 20

Ravens: Hold NFL's No. 1 rushing offense to 24 yards on 17 carries in AFC championship game win at Oakland. ... Force five turnovers and record four sacks. Giants: Record first shutout, blanking Minnesota in NFC championship game. ... Hold Vikings to nine first downs and 114 total yards.

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