- Super Bowl XXXV
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January 28, 2001
stadium = Raymond James Stadium
city = Tampa Bay, Florida
attendance = 71,921
odds = Ravens by 3
MVP = Ray Lewis,
Marcus Allen, Ottis Anderson, Tom Flores, Bill Parcells
Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Bligeand *NSYNC
Greg Gumbeland Phil Simms
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Super Bowl XXXV was an
American footballgame played on January 28, 2001at Raymond James Stadiumin Tampa, Floridato decide the National Football League(NFL) champion following the 2000 regular season. The American Football Conference(AFC) champion Baltimore Ravens(16-4) defeated the National Football Conference(NFC) champion New York Giants(14-5), 34–7. The Ravens became the third wild card team to win the Super Bowland the second in four years. Also, the city of Baltimore had its first Super Bowl title in 30 years.
The Ravens joined the
Miami Dolphinsin Super Bowl VIIand the Pittsburgh Steelersin Super Bowl IXas the only teams in Super Bowl history to shut out the opposing offense. All three teams gave up points on special teams plays, and so there has still never been a complete shutout in a Super Bowl. Furthermore, Baltimore allowed only 152 yards of offense by the Giants (the third lowest total ever in a Super Bowl), recorded 4 sacks, and forced 5 turnovers. All 16 of the Giants possessions ended with punts or interceptions, with the exception of the last one which ended when time expired in the game.
Linebacker Ray Lewis made 11 tackles, 6 assists, and blocked 4 passes and was named
Super Bowl MVP. Lewis became the first linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP award on a winning team. Chuck Howleywon the Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl Vbut remains the only player of any position to win it as a member of the losing team.
NFL owners awarded Super Bowl XXXV to Tampa during their
October 31, 1996meeting in New Orleans. Tampa became the fourth metropolitan areato host the game at least three times, joining New Orleans, Miami, Florida, and the Greater Los Angeles Area.
The Ravens entered the game with having the best defense in the league, having the fewest points allowed (165) and the fewest rushing yards allowed (970) during the regular season. At the time they were the only team in NFL history (in a 16 game schedule) to hold the opposition to under 1000 yards rushing for the season. Baltimore's 165 points allowed broke the record set by the 1986
Chicago Bears, who had given up 187 points.
The defense was led by a trio of outstanding linebackers:
Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper, and Ray Lewis. During the regular season, Boulware recorded 7 sacks, while Sharper recovered 2 fumbles and caught one interception. Lewis was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Yearby recording 3 sacks, recovering 3 fumbles, and intercepting 2 passes. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams and veteran Tony Siragusaanchored the defensive line. Baltimore also had an outstanding core of defensive backs led by Pro Bowl veteran safety Rod Woodson, who along with Kim Herring, Duane Starks, and Chris McAlistercombined for 17 interceptions.
On offense, the Ravens' main strength was rushing, led by running backs
Jamal Lewis(1,364 yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 27 receptions, 296 yards) and Priest Holmes(588 yards, 32 receptions, 221 yards). Also, tight end Shannon Sharperecorded 67 receptions for 810 yards and 5 touchdowns. The offensive line was anchored by tackle Jonathan Ogden, who was named to the Pro Bowlfor the 4th consecutive season.
However, the Baltimore offense was mediocre, ranking only 13th in the league in scoring (333 points), 16th in total yards (5,301), and 23rd in passing yards (3,102). The team had a lot of trouble scoring, and at one point they went through five games without making an offensive touchdown (although they managed to win two of those games). But they managed to regroup, as head coach
Brian Billickforbade anyone to use the "P-word" (presumably "postseason" or "playoffs") until the team actually played in it. The Ravens' outspoken defensive lineman Tony Siragusa did utter the word "playoffs" on two separate occasions and was fined, albeit a measly sum of $500. Since the fine (and Billick's ban) were clearly symbolic and playful, Billick explained himself by saying, "He got a $400 fine for doing it on national television and $100 for doing it on his radio show. The reason being because no one listens to his show anyway." In place of the "P-word," the word " Festivus" was used, the nondenominational holidayfeatured in an episode of the popular American television sitcom " Seinfeld". (The Ravens organization played along with this theme for that year's playoffs by showing a clip of Kramer saying "A Festivus miracle!" on the stadium screen during the team's only home playoff game that year.) The Super Bowl was thereafter referred to as "Festivus Maximus."
The Ravens eventually won their last seven regular season games to finish in second place in the
AFC Centralwith a 12-4 record and entered the playoffs as a wild-card team.
New York Giants
The Giants advanced to Super Bowl XXXV after posting a 7-9 record in the previous year. Their big draft acquisition during the offseason was
running back Ron Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophywinner. The plan was to have his power running style complement running back Tiki Barber's speed and pass-catching ability. The two would be called the Giants' "Thunder and Lightning" backfield. Although Dayne had a solid rookie year by rushing for 770 yards, the breakout star during the regular season was Barber. Barber had 1,006 rushing yards in 213 attempts, caught 70 receptions for 719 yards, and scored 10 touchdowns. He also returned 44 punts for 506 yards and gained 266 yards returning kickoffs, giving him 2,495 total yards. Kerry Collinsentered the season as the Giants' unquestioned starting quarterback. Although he helped lead the Carolina Panthersto the 1996 NFC Championship Game, problems with alcohol, conflicts with his teammates, and questions about his character led to his release from the Panthers in 1997. After spending the 1998 season with the New Orleans Saints, Collins was signed in 1999 as the Giants' second-string quarterback, but soon claimed the starting job. In leading the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV, Collins recorded 311 out of 529 completions for 3,610 yards and 22 touchdowns during the regular season. His favorite targets, in addition to Barber, were wide receivers Amani Toomer(78 receptions, 1,094 yards, 7 touchdowns), and Ike Hilliard(55 receptions, 787 yards, 8 touchdowns).
The Giants also had a powerful defense, led by Pro Bowl defensive end
Michael Strahan, who recorded 9.5 sacks, and defensive tackle Keith Hamiltonwho recorded 10. Defensive backs Jason Sehorn, Emmanuel McDaniel, Reggie Stephens, and Shaun Williamscombined for 14 interceptions.
But the Giants fell to 7-4 record midway through the season and their playoff prospects seemed dim at best. In what would be his defining moment, head coach
Jim Fassel, at a press conference following the Giants' loss to the Detroit Lions, guaranteed that his team would make the playoffs. The Giants responded by winning their last 5 regular season games to reach 12-4 and win the NFC East.
With an explosive defense and a "play-it-safe" offense, the Ravens became the eighth wild-card team to reach the Super Bowl, and third in four seasons, after allowing only a combined one touchdown and three field goals in their playoff wins over the
Denver Broncos, the Tennessee Titans, and the Oakland Raiders. Meanwhile, the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-10, and shut out the Minnesota Vikings, 41–0.
Television and entertainment
The game was broadcast in the
United Statesby CBS(their first since Super Bowl XXVIin 1992). Play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbelbecame the first African-Americanannouncer to call a major sports championship. He was joined in the broadcast booth with color commentator Phil Simms. Jim Nantzhosted all the events with help from his then-fellow cast members from " The NFL Today": Mike Ditka, Craig James, Randy Cross, and Jerry Glanville. The desk reporting was done aboard the famous "Buccaneer Cove" pirate ship at the endzone of Raymond James Stadium.
The broadcast also featured an array of cameras (dubbed ""EyeVision" by CBS) set up throughout the stadium that allowed for
bullet timeeffects, similar to the effect used in the movie " The Matrix". This system proved more than just a gimmickwhen it helped to uphold a replay challenge on a Jamal Lewisfourth quarter touchdown.
This was the first Super Bowl to be aired on CBS in nine years (XXVI). Following the 1993 season, FOX bought the rights to air the NFC package leaving CBS without the NFL for the next four years until 1998, when they began broadcasting the AFC package, bringing an end to
NBC's 33 year stint.
Along with being the first African-American to be the play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl, Greg Gumbel also became the third person to both host a Super Bowl pre-game show and call the game. Gumbel was the host during his first stint with CBS for
Super Bowl XXVIand he was the pre-game host for Super Bowls XXX and XXXII when he was with NBC. He joined Dick Enbergand Al Michaels.
To honor the 225th anniversary of the birth of the United States, singer
Ray Charlesperformed "America the Beautiful". To honor the 10th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War, 10 military veterans from the conflict including former general Norman Schwarzkopf were introduced on the field. The pop group (and Florida natives) The Backstreet Boys then sang the national anthem.
The coin toss ceremony honored the two previous Super Bowls that were played in Tampa. Representing the
New York Giantswin in Super Bowl XXVwas the game's MVP Ottis Andersonand former head coach Bill Parcells. Representing the Los Angeles Raiders win in Super Bowl XVIIIwas that game's MVP Marcus Allenand former head coach Tom Flores.
The halftime show was produced by
MTVand featured Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, and Tremors & The Earthquake Horns. The show featured a back-and-forth medley between Aerosmith and 'N Sync, featuring the songs "Jaded" and " I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith and " Bye Bye Bye" and " It's Gonna Be Me" by 'N Sync. The show ended with all of the performers singing Aerosmith's " Walk This Way".
Both defenses dominated early in the first quarter as the first five possessions of the game ended in punts. On the 5th punt, Ravens kickoff/punt returner
Jermaine Lewisreturned the ball 33 yards to the New York 31-yard line. Although a holding penalty on the return moved the ball back to the 41-yard line, Baltimore took only 2 plays to score on quarterback Trent Dilfer's 38-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Stokley.
Then early in the second quarter, a holding penalty against the Giants nullified linebacker
Jessie Armstead's 43-yard interception return for a touchdown that would have tied the game. Later in the period, Dilfer completed a 44-yard pass to receiver Qadry Ismailto set up a 47-yard field goal by Ravens kicker Matt Stoverto extend Baltimore's lead, 10–0. With the aid of a 27-yard run from running back Tiki Barber, the Giants advanced all the way to the Ravens' 29-yard line on their ensuing drive, but Baltimore defensive back Chris McAlisterintercepted a pass from Kerry Collinsto keep New York scoreless by halftime.
The Giants then forced the Ravens to punt on the opening drive of the second half. But 5 plays later, Baltimore safety
Kim Herringintercepted Collins at the New York 41-yard line. The Ravens then advanced to the 24-yard line, but the drive stalled and Stover missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.
After an exchange of punts, Baltimore defensive back
Duane Starksintercepted a pass from Collins and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, setting off a chain of events unseen before in Super Bowl history: three touchdowns on three consecutive plays in just 36 seconds. On the ensuing kickoff, Ron Dixonreturned the ball 97 yards for the Giants' first score of the game. But Jermaine Lewisreturned the next kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, making the score 24–-7 for the Ravens. It was the first time in history two kickoffs were returned for touchdowns in the same Super Bowl game, and on back-to-back kickoffs.
But by that point, the game was already over. The Giants gained only 1 first down on their final four possessions, and was never able to move the ball into Baltimore territory. Meanwhile the Ravens added 10 more points to their lead, making the final score 34-7. A few possessions after Lewis' touchdown, New York punter
Brad Maynard's short 34-yard punt from his own 4 to the 38-yard line and tight end Ben Coates' 17-yard reception set up a 3-yard touchdown run by running back Jamal Lewisrun early in the fourth quarter. Then Dixon fumbled the ensuing kickoff to Baltimore defender Robert Baily, setting up Stover's 34-yard field goal with 5:27 left in the game.
* BAL- TD: Brandon Stokley 38 yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Matt Stover kick) 7-0 BAL
* BAL- FG: Matt Stover 47 yards 10-0 BAL
* BAL- TD: Duane Starks 49 yard interception return (Matt Stover kick) 17-0 BAL
* NYG- TD: Ron Dixon 97 yard kickoff return (Brad Daluiso kick) 17-7 BAL
* BAL- TD: Jermaine Lewis 84 yard kickoff return (Matt Stover kick) 24-7 BAL
* BAL- TD: Jamal Lewis 3 yard run (Matt Stover kick) 31-7 BAL
* BAL- FG: Matt Stover 34 yards 34-7 BAL
Dilfer threw for 153 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. Jamal Lewis rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown (only the second rookie to rush for 100 yards, joining
Timmy Smithin Super Bowl XXII), and caught a pass for 4 yards. Stokley was the top receiver of the game with 3 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jermaine Lewis recorded 152 total offensive yards (111 kickoff return yards, 34 punt return yards, 7 receiving yards, 1 rushing yard) and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Collins threw four interceptions and completed only 15 of 39 passes for 112 yards. (Collins' 4 interceptions tied a then Super Bowl record, since surpassed by the
Oakland Raidersquarterback Rich Gannonin Super Bowl XXXVII). Barber was the Giants' leading rusher with 49 yards, while also catching 6 passes for 26 yards and returning 2 punts for 13 yards. Dixon returned 6 kickoffs for 154 yards and a touchdown, and caught a pass for 16 yards. Giants punter Brad Maynardset a rather undesirable Super Bowl record with 11 punts. Baltimore punter Kyle Richardsonhad 10 punts, which would have been the record had it not been for Maynard.
Overall, both teams combined for only 396 total yards, the lowest in Super Bowl history. The Ravens became the second team in Super Bowl history to score an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown in the same Super Bowl. Only the Los Angeles Raiders (in
Super Bowl XVIII) also have accomplished this feat.
The main contributors for the Ravens on offense, defense, and special teams were all people named Lewis. Jamal Lewis was the top rusher of the game, Jermaine Lewis made big plays on special teams, and Ray Lewis won the MVP award. In addition, the Ravens defense was coached by
* Umpire: Chad Brown
* Head Linesman:
* Line Judge: Walt Anderson
* Field Judge: Bill Lovett
*Side Judge: Doug Toole
*Back Judge: Bill Schmitz
* Alternate Referee:
* Alternate Umpire: Jeff Rice
Notes and references
* [http://www.superbowl.com/ Super Bowl official website]
* [http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/superbowl/ The Sporting News: History of the Super Bowl] (Last accessed December 4, 2005)
* http://www.pro-football-reference.com - Large online database of NFL data and statistics
* [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/super/superbowl-plays.htm Super Bowl play-by-plays] from
* [http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=nfl/superbowl/2005/superbowl-alltime-odds.htm All-Time Super Bowl Odds] from The Sports Network (Last accessed October 16, 2005)
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