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Ravens 20, Dolphins 3

Baltimore 0 7 7 6 - 20

Miami 3 0 0 0 - 3

Ravens Extra

January 14, 2002|By Jamison Hensley

Thumbs up: The Ra- vens' defense. It allowed only 151 yards of total offense and didn't surrender a drive over 33 yards. The Ravens' defense has allowed only one touchdown in five playoff games.

Thumbs down: Return specialist Jermaine Lewis. His fumble on the opening kickoff was the Ravens' only turnover and kept the team from registering a shutout. He averaged 1.5 yards on two punt returns and 11 yards on two kickoff returns.

Stat of game: 37:54. The dominating time of possession by the Ravens. During the regular season, the Ravens had averaged only 29:39.

Quotable: "These are the January Ravens. The September, October, November and December Ravens - we got rid of those guys." - Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, who won his NFL record 12th consecutive playoff game.

"When we play the way we're capable of anywhere in the continental United States, I believe we have the best football team in America." - Ravens safety Rod Woodson.

"It was very old school. Whoever was going to hit the hardest was going to win. Miami played hard, but I think we had that Super Bowl pride on our mind. We wanted to defend our title so we came out and made a statement." - Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden.

"I think the Steelers are the best team in the league right now. This game is the Super Bowl to me." - Ravens defensive end Peter Boulware.

Trainer's room: Sharpe (knee) and defensive end Adalius Thomas (knee) had to come off the field because of injuries but they returned to the game. Both injuries are not considered serious.

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