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Game At A Glance

Ravens 34, Giants 7

January 29, 2001|By Mike Preston

Quarterback -- C -- Trent Dilfer was his usual erratic self, especially in the first half. If he was a little more consistent in the first half, the Ravens would have blown the Giants out in the second quarter. But he found his touch in the third quarter, especially with some passes over the middle.

Offensive line -- C -- The Ravens didn't get much push on run-blocking in the first half, but they started to wear the Giants down a little in the second. New York got a lot of pressure with its pass rush, and the Ravens' coaching staff should have given right offensive tackle Harry Swayne more help on end Michael Strahan.

Running backs -- C+ -- Rookie running back Jamal Lewis had several nice runs, but the Ravens didn't give him much room inside the tackles. But Lewis helped the Ravens control the clock in the second half. Lewis' goal-line run in which he bowled over linebacker Mike Barrow was highlight-reel material.

Receivers -- B -- For most of the game, the Ravens' receivers were open, and they simply blew by Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn on a couple of plays. The Ravens also got big plays from wide-outs Qadry Ismail and Brandon Stokley, who scored the first touchdown on a 38-yard catch.

Defensive line -- A+ -- Tackles Tony Siragusa and Sam Adams were not only effective against the run, but also got a good push on the pass rush. Left end Rob Burnett set the tone early with pressure on quarterback Kerry Collins, and right end Michael McCrary was much too fast for left offensive tackle Lomas Brown.

Linebackers -- A+ -- This group, especially Jamie Sharper, punished the Giants' receivers on short routes over the middle, and had no problems covering running back Tiki Barber in the flat. If middle linebacker Ray Lewis was distracted from all the media coverage, he didn't show it.

Secondary -- A+ -- The Giants felt they had an advantage in the matchup with the Ravens' cornerbacks, but Duane Starks and Chris McAlister were much too physical and athletic for receivers Ike Hilliard and Amani Toomer. Starks had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Special teams -- B -- Punter Kyle Richardson was superb on directional kicking, pinning the Giants inside their own 20-yard line several times. The Ravens gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, but also scored one by Jermaine Lewis on the ensuing kickoff.

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