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    Simms: D's, big plays are key

    By SHARON GINN

    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 28, 2001


    CBS analyst and former Giants quarterback Phil Simms talked with staff writer Sharon Ginn about the matchup:

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    I think the offensive production will be low to the standards we anticipate in an NFL game. As for the scoring, you never know. It could go into the 20s for both teams, and it would happen because of turnovers or a big play on offense.

    Kerry Collins is a franchise quarterback. And if anybody doesn't see that, then I don't think you know anything about football. He's got what it takes to be a star in the NFL. Physically, he's got it all. Everything. There is nothing he can't do to be a big-time quarterback.

    I'm sure Trent Dilfer will be a little emotional. I've talked to him a few times. Trent's doing it the right way. I think he's enjoying what's going on rather than playing for vengeance.

    Never in the years of doing TV have I compared one player to Lawrence Taylor, but Ray Lewis is that guy. He can be the difference in games, and I think that's a pretty amazing thing to say about a middle linebacker. He has, of course, great physical ability, but he has tremendous athletic instincts that allow him to be a special player.

    The Giants defense is the big reason they're here. Of course it's the same for the Ravens, but the Giants defense since that Washington game has been unbelievable. I think they are comparable in a lot of ways to the Ravens defense, but do I think they are as dynamic or over the top like the Ravens? No. The Ravens did it for the whole year, from start to finish. The Giants did it when it counted.

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