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Posted: Thursday January 25, 2001 11:40 AM

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Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun says Ravens rookie RB Jamal Lewis explains that his falloff in the playoffs is a result of a left knee injury suffered a month ago. It occurred on his final play against the Denver Broncos in a 21-3 wild-card win. "It feels great right now," says Lewis, who was not listed on the injury report. "After the Oakland game, I felt relieved because I knew we had some time in between to get some rest. I took some time off. It's going to pay off in this game."
John Harper of the New York Daily News writes had this Super Bowl surprise happened in 1997, the first time they made the playoffs under Jim Fassel, the Giants might be the ones acting like tough guys. "I don't think we would have been mature enough to handle all this," says defensive tackle Keith Hamilton. "There might have been some incidents, some talking going on. But not now. We've grown up."
Leonard Shapiro of The Washington Post says some time when he has a few idle minutes this week, Ravens QB Trent Dilfer will get in a car and drive past the big house on the bay. He and his wife Cassandra had built their "dream home" two years ago, but decided to sell last year when the Buccaneers decided he was too expensive to keep around. When one dream fades in the middle of the night, another one almost always follows. That certainly has been the case for Dilfer's life, now in an almost surreal season that will culminate Sunday, when Dilfer will start at quarterback for Baltimore against New York in Super Bowl XXXV.
Kevin Kernan of theNew York Post reports this Super Bowl experience has brought Giants rookie WR Ron Dixon home in so many ways. Being home also enables Dixon to see how far he has traveled in life. "Dixon has come a long way," says TE Pete Mitchell. "He's young and he made some mistakes earlier in the year, but he's come back to really understand what it is all about. He's obviously helped us out quite a bit in the playoffs."


 
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