Brandon Stokley offers a salute after his 38-yard TD catch in the first quarter.(AP)
The Ravens' defense completed a dominating season by permitting just 152 yards, forcing 5 turnovers, recording 4 sacks, and not allowing an offensive touchdown en route to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory.
Jermaine Lewis’s punt return into Giants’ territory midway through the first quarter was followed two plays later by Trent Dilfer’s 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley, which gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Jessie Armstead intercepted a short pass by Dilfer and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown, but the play was nullified by a penalty. Dilfer’s 36-yard pass to Qadry Ismail in the second quarter set up Matt Stover’s 47-yard field goal with 1:48 left in the half.
Tiki Barber’s 27-yard run gave the Giants their deepest penetration of the game, to the Ravens’ 29, but Chris McAlister intercepted Kerry Collins’s pass on the next play to preserve a 10-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Duane Starks stepped in front of Amani Toomer and intercepted Collins’s pass. Starks returned it 49 yards untouched for a 17-0 lead.
The Giants immediately cut the lead to 10 points when Ron Dixon returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. However, Jermaine Lewis then matched Dixon’s kickoff return as he cut across the field and raced 84 yards for a 24-7 lead with 3:13 left in the third quarter. The 3 touchdowns in 36 seconds were a Super Bowl record.
The Giants gained just 1 first down on their final four possessions. Jamal Lewis’s 3-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter game Baltimore a 31-7 lead, and Robert Bailey recovered Dixon’s fumble on the ensuing kickoff return to set up Stover’s 34-yard field goal with 5:27 remaining to finish the scoring.
Dilfer completed 12 of 25 passes for 153 yards and 1 touchdown. Jamal Lewis had 27 carries for 102 yards. Collins was 15 of 39 for 112 yards, with 4 interceptions. Ray Lewis was named Super Bowl most valuable player.