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Gumbel: QBs must be mistake-free

By SHARON GINN

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 28, 2001


CBS play-by-play man Greg Gumbel talked with staff writer Sharon Ginn about the matchup:

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I told someone that unless both starting defenses are in an auto accident on the way to the stadium and they can't play, it's going to be a low-scoring game. There's no reason for them to fall out of character. They're just too good.

There are two things that get me. No. 1, the Ravens have allowed 16 points in the post-season. An explosive Broncos offense got three points against them. A Raiders team that was great at running the football got 24 yards. They've allowed 190-some yards in three games. Three games!

The Giants I think proved they are the most underrated team in the NFL. I don't think anybody realized how good they were, even coming down the stretch and knocking off teams in the post-season. But are the Giants going to be able to throw the football? I think that's the question, because I don't think there's anyone in the NFL who can run against the Ravens. If you're going to beat the Ravens, No. 1 they've got to turn the ball over, and No. 2, you've got to be able to throw the ball.

That brings in the Trent Dilfer factor. The Trent Dilfer who plays quarterback for the Ravens is not the Trent Dilfer who played quarterback here in Tampa. He is not mistake-prone. He has stopped trying to win the game all by himself and with his arm. He's got too good a team around him, so he executes a basic offense and he doesn't hurt himself.

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