Dungy a bit surprised by game's outcome
By BRIAN LANDMAN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 29, 2001
Tony Dungy, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and usually a backer of the NFC, predicted a 16-13 Baltimore victory based on his friendship with Ravens coach Brian Billick, with whom he served as assistant with at Minnesota, and his friendship with former Bucs quarterback Trent Dilfer. He offered this analysis to Times staff writer Brian Landman shortly after Super Bowl XXXV.
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The game went a little differently than I thought it was going to go, but the Baltimore defense and the turnovers are what did it.
Once the Ravens got a 10-0 lead at halftime, I felt it was going to be very tough for the Giants. They had to abandon the run and then had to throw. That put one-dimensional plays right into Baltimore's hand. Either team getting behind by 10 points in this game was going to be big.
The first score was important, but the big play, I thought, was when Jessie Armstead's interception for a touchdown was called back on a holding call, which I honestly didn't see. The Giants might have been able to get back into the game with that.
But Baltimore cornerback Chris McAlister's interception late in the half (at the Baltimore 1-yard line) was big, too. The Giants needed to get a score there; then it would have been a one-score game going into the second half. They didn't get that and it made it very difficult. The Giants had to go into the half closer.
I thought Trent Dilfer played really well. He missed a couple of throws early in the game, but he made the plays they needed to make. The Giants came up to the line and he got some single coverage, then took advantage of it. Dilfer made the throws to Brandon Stokley (a 38-yard touchdown) and Qadry Ismail (for 44 yards) to get the Ravens their first 10 points.
Kerry Collins didn't have a great game, but the Ravens defense had a lot to do with that. The Ravens did a great job of stuffing the run and that put pressure on Collins.
Obviously, third down was key. The Giants weren't able to convert third downs. (They were 2 of 14 for 14 percent compared to the Ravens 3 of 16 success). I really thought there'd be 20 punts total. (New York had 11, Baltimore had 10). Punting wasn't all bad in a game like this. But punting along with the five turnovers is hard to overcome.
Very hard to overcome.
After Duane Starks' interception return in the third quarter, you just didn't get the feeling the Giants would be able to score. Then after Ron Dixon's return, Jermaine Lewis' kickoff return put the game out of reach.
Am I surprised Ray Lewis was named the MVP? That's hard to say. The front four really stuffed the run, McAlister, Starks and (Kim) Herring had interceptions. I think you could have given the award to the whole defense. But Ray Lewis is definitely the ringleader of the defense.
Today's Super Bowl story lineup
- Rockin' Ravens
- MVP caps Lewis' strange journey
- 'We're the greatest of all-time'
- Q&A with Brian Billick
- Modell savors a Super year at last in a different city
- Ravens win doesn't improve Cleveland's mood
- I see your return, and raise you one
- Ravens defense stakes its claim
- Mizell: Trent in land of wonder
- Shelton: Baltimore's defense leaves a lasting impact
- Fry: QB Collins should shoulder the blame
- Ginn: CBS' new replay system a look into the future
- Zucco; For some, it's the party, not the game
- Deggans: Pregame coverage lacked local images
- Auman: Third quarter tests Internet's immediacy
- Trigaux: Ads, not football, supreme in Super Schmooze XXXV
- Giants grasp for answers
- Q&A with Jim Fassel
- Dungy a bit surprised by game's outcome
- Ravens rose on Giants' mistakes
Inside the game
- Super Bowl XXXV by the numbers
- Breathtaking returns: Starks, Dixon, Lewis
- Sehorn coverage error leads to touchdown
- Look familiar? Defense gets ball, offense runs
- First quarter: Play by play
- First quarter: Best & worst
- Penalty negates a big play for the Giants
- Second quarter: Best & worst
- Second quarter: Play by play
- Third quarter: Play by play
- Third quarter: Best & worst
- Best 36 seconds in Super Bowl history
- Fourth quarter: Play by play
- Fourth Quarter: Key Play
- Fourth quarter: Best & worst
- Big game and week before it seen as win for bay area
- What they're saying: Stupidity rules the roads
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- Big crowds, big spenders
- Altruism? That's the (free) ticket
- Many avoid traffic nightmares
- Tickets stolen? Too bad
- Unusual musical pairings bring fire to day's festivities
- Area dancers show pregame joy, nerves
- Corporate America buys star execs ultimate party
- Some just don't care about the big game
- On Super Bowl Sunday, the party's anywhere
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