Familiar combo: defense, 1 big play

First Quarter

Ravens 34, Giants 7

Super Bowl Xxxv

January 29, 2001|By Jamison Hensley

The Ravens grabbed the edge in Super Bowl XXXV with their usual stifling defense and an unexpected early appearance by their offense.

The Ravens' defense established the tone, allowing 28 yards and one first down. The New York Giants could do little, with four three-and-outs and never moving beyond their 41-yard line.

Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis made his presence known, deflecting two passes and making three tackles. Defensive end Rob Burnett added three tackles and a sack.

Giants quarterback Kerry Collins was 3-for-9 for 17 yards and had to scramble twice.

But Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer didn't have much better numbers, completing two of nine passes for only 42 yards, but one pass was enough to get the Ravens on the board first.

Dilfer barely missed getting the Ravens in the end zone on the second possession.

His 54-yard pass hit off the fingertips of receiver Patrick Johnson, who had beaten New York cornerback Jason Sehorn.

But Dilfer wouldn't miss on the next series.

Going after Sehorn again, Dilfer connected with Brandon Stokley for a 38-yard touchdown catch with 6:50 left in the quarter. Stokley freed himself with a stutter step against Sehorn, who had appeared to expect help down the middle of the field from safety Shaun Williams.

It was the first points scored by the Ravens in the first quarter during the playoffs. That reception also was the longest of Stokley's two-year career.

Overall, the Ravens out-gained the Giants, 54-28.

Neither team converted a third-down play. The Ravens were 0-for-4, the Giants 0-for-5.

Key Play

Score: 0-0

Situation: Ravens' second-and-seven at the Giants' 38

Play: A fly pattern

Result: Receiver Brandon Stokley (80) beats Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn (31) deep with a stutter-step move at the 35. Safety Shaun Williams (36) fails to come over to help. Trent Dilfer (8) hits Stokley with the pass at the 10. Sehorn attempts to tackle Stokley from behind at the 5, but Stokley drags him into the end zone.

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