Lewis rebounded to win Super Bowl MVP
Jan. 28, 2001 - Ray Lewis traveled a long way in a year: From a jail cell to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. From being indicted for murder in a double-homicide case in Atlanta (and having the charges dropped) to a starring role in the Baltimore Ravens' NFL title run that led to one final game against the New York Giants.
The middle linebacker established an early tone when he broke up quarterback Kerry Collins' first pass. The Ravens grabbed a 10-0 halftime lead, their defense suffocating Collins and choking off New York's running game.
"They took everything away," said Giants running back Tiki Barber.
The Ravens ran away to a 34-7 victory, with the Giants' only touchdown coming on Ron Dixon's 97-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.
Lewis finished with five tackles, four passes defensed and the game's MVP award. He proclaimed Baltimore's defense the best ever and said, "I just won a world championship. I might never stop smiling."
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