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Posted: Sunday January 28, 2001 4:14 PM

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Ken Murray of The Baltimore Sun says Super Bowl XXXV won't simply mark the end of the season for Baltimore linebacker Jamie Sharper, it could also mean the end of his four-year Ravens career. Sharper is one of 14 Ravens who will become unrestricted free agents this offseason. Given the stellar season Sharper had and the Ravens' tight salary-cap situation, the team may be unable to re-sign him.
Johnette Howard of Newsday says the Giants didn't steam into town rumbling about turning Sunday's game into a "war", a word the Ravens love to use. They've got nobody yammering like Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who has guaranteed a victory and wore dog tags around his neck like some solider of fortune all last week. But the Giants? They haven't said squat. If anything, it felt like the Giants were playing Rope-A-Dope with Baltimore all last week. "Hey, I like boring," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said, suppressing a grin. "When we got boring, we started to win games."
Kathy Orton of The Washington Post says 10 years ago in this town, the Super Bowl came down to a field goal. Had Buffalo's Scott Norwood made the 47-yard attempt with eight seconds left, the Bills would have won Super Bowl XXV. But Norwood missed, bringing lasting fame to the words "wide right," and the Giants won 20-19. Baltimore place kicker Matt Stover recalls that kick vividly. Stover, who spent the bulk of that season on injured reserve with the Giants, remembers standing on the sideline, watching the ball sail through the air with enough momentum to clear the crossbar. But the kick needed more than distance.
Kevin Manahan of The Star-Ledger says the Giants had just lost to the Redskins, and looked awful doing it. As critics questioned his game plans and wondered if the new, forever-shifting offense was too complicated to learn, offensive coordinator Sean Payton was undaunted. Payton is young, cocky and quiet, possibly the best combination for an offensive coordinator. All week he has been telling the offense to relax, that "you're at the Super Bowl. The rest is gravy. There's no reason to be uptight. We're going to have fun."

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