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2001 ‐ Super Bowl XXXV ‐ Baltimore Ravens vs New York Giants

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Baltimore Ravens 34
New York Giants 7

January 28, 2001

Super Bowl XXXV was at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. The AFC champion Baltimore Ravens (16-4) faced the NFC champion New York Giants (14-5). The game was viewed by 131.2 million, the fifth most-watched program in TV history.

Baltimore went ahead in the first quarter with a 38-yard touchdown pass. It added a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter to lead 10-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Baltimore’s Duane Starks picked off a pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. On the next play, Giants returner Ron Dixon ran the ball back for a 97-yard touchdown. Baltimore’s Jermaine Lewis then returned the following kickoff 84 yards to give Baltimore a 24-7 lead. The 3 touchdowns in 36 seconds set a Super Bowl record.

The Ravens added a 3-yard touchdown run and a 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, clinching their first Super Bowl victory.

The Ravens’ defense allowed 152 total yards, forced 5 turnovers, registered 4 sacks, and allowed no offensive touchdowns.

Ray Lewis had 11 tackles, 6 assists, and blocked 4 passes. He was Super Bowl XXXV’s MVP, the first linebacker on a winning team to be honored.

Around the World on January 28:

  • Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates pledged $100 million to AIDS research.

Around the NFL in 2001:

  • January 17 – The NFL approved additional league-wide revenue sharing.
  • February 28 – Commissioner Tagliabue was named Sports Industrialist of the Year.
  • March 26 – The NFL set a record attendance in 2000, reaching the 20-million mark for the second time. The Redskins set a regular-season home attendance record with 656,599.
  • May 21 – A Los Angeles state jury rejected a lawsuit against the NFL by the Raiders claiming the league ended their 1995 Hollywood Park stadium deal and that they own the Los Angeles market.
  • May 22 – The NFL approved realignment with the league split into eight four-team divisions in 2002.
  • June 30 – The Berlin Thunder beat the Barcelona Dragons 24-17 to win World Bowl IX.
  • August 25 – Pittsburgh opened Heinz Field with a 20-7 preseason win over Detroit. Denver opened INVESCO Field with a 31-24 preseason win over New Orleans.
  • September 9 – President Bush tossed a coin via satellite to start the 2001 season from the White House.
  • September 13 – Week 2 games were postponed due to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
  • September 18 – Week 2 games were re-scheduled for January 6-7.
  • September 19 – The NFL and its referees agreed to a six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement, ending a two-week lockout.
  • October 3 – Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from January 27 to February 3.
  • November 26 – President Bush designated Super Bowl XXXVI as a “National Special Security Event.”
  • December 8 – George Young, the NFL’s senior vice president of football operations and the Giants former general manager, died at 71.
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