Ray Lewis refuses to be distracted from his goal
The Ravens who won the 2001 Super Bowl did it with defense, not allowing an offensive touchdown in a 34-7 rout of the New York Giants.
And with Trent Dilfer as their quarterback.
Today’s Ravens, who are playing the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, are averaging 28 points a game in the postseason behind quarterback Joe Flacco and his quick-strike weapons such as running back Ray Rice and receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.
They came from behind to beat the Denver Broncos on the road in a divisional playoff game as Flacco had TD passes of 59, 32 and 70 yards.
“This Ravens offense is spectacular,” said NFL Network analyst Brian Billick, who led the Ravens to their only championship as linebacker Ray Lewis was named MVP against the Giants. “I love Joe Flacco. Ray Rice, how do you stop him? The vertical threat of Torrey Smith.”
Billick, who was fired after a 5-11 record in 2007, pauses before cracking into a smile for the kicker: “They wouldn’t have scored, either.”
The 2001 title team only allowed 10.3 points per game, which was first in the NFL. They also had a plus-23 takeaway/giveaway margin.