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Ravens' top plays: Jermaine Lewis' return

7/3/2014
Tom Hauck/ALLSPORT

This is one of three nominations for the most memorable play in team history. The Mile High Miracle was featured on Monday and Ray Lewis' 50-yard interception return against the Tennessee Titans will be profiled on Wednesday. Please vote for your choice as the Ravens’ most memorable play.

Score: Ravens 34, Giants 7

Date: Jan. 28, 2001 Site: Raymond James Stadium

The biggest play in the Ravens' first Super Bowl victory came from the smallest player on the team. At 5-foot-7, Jermaine Lewis secured the triumph with an electric 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

The Giants had returned a kickoff for a touchdown to cut the Ravens' lead to 17-7, but New York had the momentum for exactly 18 seconds. On the next kickoff, Lewis stepped up to make the catch, wiggled past a cluster of tacklers, bounced to his right where he squeezed down the sideline after receiving blocks from Corey Harris and Sam Gash, and sprinted all the way to the end zone.

Down 24-7 against the Ravens' record-setting defense, the Giants were finished.

"That emotional flop had to be devastating for them," Ravens coach Brian Billick said after the game.

When Lewis crossed the goal line, he pointed to the sky, a private moment on football’s biggest stage. A month earlier, Geronimo, the son of returner Jermaine Lewis, was stillborn.

"I just wanted to put everything into closure and move on," Lewis said after the game. "I know he's looking out for me. I really already had a message [to him]. I was confident that I was going to score today."