Riding one of the best defensive units in NFL history, the Baltimore Ravens capped an incredible postseason run with a 34-7 win over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa.
Led by linebacker Ray Lewis, a ferocious pass rush and a stingy secondary, the Ravens posted a 12-4 regular season mark and earned a wild card berth after finishing behind Tennessee in the AFC Central. Baltimore yielded just 60.6 yards rushing per game, a league record for a 16-game season. The Ravens then allowed just 23 points in their four playoff wins. In the Super Bowl, Baltimore forced five turnovers. New York’s lone touchdown came on a kickoff return.
The Ravens’ title run came in their fifth season in Baltimore after relocating from Cleveland. The Browns (who returned to the NFL in 1999 after a three-year absence) are still looking for their Super Bowl appearance.