Ron Dixon

Game 20: Purple reign

Game 20: Purple reign

Now there can be no doubt.

The Ravens claimed their place in history last night with one final dissertation on great defense. A team that swaggered into Super Bowl XXXV delivered on its sound and fury of the past week with a 34-7 demolition of the New York Giants before 71,921 at Raymond James Stadium.

It was the crowning glory, and defining moment, of a season that produced Baltimore's first Super Bowl championship in 30 years, since the Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys, 16-13, in Super Bowl V in 1971.

Collecting four interceptions against overmatched quarterback Kerry Collins, the wild-card Ravens (16-4) completed the improbable turnaround from perennial loser to Super...