4. Jamal Lewis:
Jamal Lewis was a rookie when he ran for 102 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV. Lewis was the star of a rather pedestrian offense. In that particular Super Bowl, he was critically important. Trent Dilfer only completed 12 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. The Ravens offense didn’t need to do much to win, but without Lewis, they could have been in trouble. Lewis ran the ball 27 times that game. His longest run was a fantastic 19 yard rush.
It gets lost in the story of this game, but the Giants defense wasn’t shabby. Lewis had to keep the ball moving and more importantly the clock moving. 20 of the Ravens 34 points were scored by Matt Stover, Jermaine Lewis’s return for a touchdown and Duane Starks. The Ravens offense only scored two touchdowns. The Ravens offense relied heavily on Lewis, to prevent bad things from happening.
Because Lewis was a work horse, the Ravens could lean on the run game completely. The Ravens offense just had to stay out of the way. The offense had no turnovers. When in doubt, the Ravens had Lewis run the rock.