Disaster averted, Ravens build lead

Second Quarter

Super Bowl Xxxv

Ravens 34, Giants 7

January 29, 2001|By Jamison Hensley

The second quarter was a near repeat of the first.

The Ravens relied heavily on their defense to keep the New York Giants off the scoreboard and used another big pass play to set up another scoring drive.

The quarter started off with Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper slamming Giants receiver Ike Hilliard into the ground on an incompletion as the game got increasingly more physical.

But the Ravens had to avoid their biggest scare of the first half just five minutes into the quarter.

Trying to escape a sack, Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer hastily threw the ball into the left flat, where linebacker Jessie Armstead picked it off and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.

The turnover, however, was nullified by a holding penalty on Giants tackle Keith Hamilton, as the Ravens dodged disaster.

The Ravens increased their lead on the strength of a 44-yard, third-down reception by Qadry Ismail to New York's 36-yard line. Three plays later, kicker Matt Stover hit a 47-yard field goal with 1:48 left in the first half for a 10-0 lead.

The Giants were looking to answer, moving down the field with a 16-yard pass to Ron Dixon and a 27-yard run by Tiki Barber off a draw. At the Ravens' 29, Giants quarterback Kerry Collins threw into double coverage near the end zone for Hilliard. But Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister elevated to intercept the pass at the 3-yard line.

The Ravens ran out the rest of the half to go into intermission with a 10-0 lead.

The Ravens held the ball for nearly nine minutes in the quarter, and the Giants finished the first half without a third-down conversion, failing on all seven attempts.

Key Play

Score: Ravens, 10-0

Situation: Giants' first-and-10 at the Ravens' 29

Play: Deep slant with the Giants in a four-receiver set

Result: The Giants had Ike Hilliard (88) lined up in the slot to Kerry Collins' left. Collins (5) dropped back and pump-faked to Hilliard, who then tried to beat cornerback Chris McAlister (21) on a slant. McAlister stayed with Hilliard and converged on the ball at the same time as safety Kim Herring (20). The pass was slightly underthrown and McAlister outjumped Herring at the 3-yard line for the interception.

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