The Ravens dominated the Giants from start to finish, the only highlight for New York being Ron Dixon’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Other than that, the Giants were miserable. The Giants cost themselves their only other touchdown when Jesse Armstead returned an interception for a score, only to have it nullified by a holding penalty.
Quarterback Kerry Collins, brilliant in a 41-0 mashing of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, turned into a pumpkin against the Ravens. He threw four interceptions and completed just 15-of-39 passes for a measly 112 yards. The Giants compiled just 152 yards of total offense in the game.
The Giants had gone 12-4 in the regular season and won the NFC East under then-coach Jim Fassel. In the playoffs New York defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round, 20-10, and then Minnesota in the NFC title game.