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Reversal of fortune

Sehorn's dream postseason becomes a nightmare

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Posted: Sunday January 28, 2001 10:13 PM
Updated: Sunday January 28, 2001 11:54 PM

  Brandon Stokley, Jason Sehorn Jason Sehorn (right) was repeatedly beaten by the Ravens' receiving tandem of Brandon Stokley (left) and Patrick Johnson. AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jason Sehorn's nearly perfect postseason was buried by three nightmarish plays in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.

Only one of them hurt the New York Giants, but it set the tone for a 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The New York Giants' cornerback was beaten by Baltimore wideout Brandon Stokley for a 38-yard touchdown pass -- the first of only two offensive touchdowns in the game.

Sehorn appeared to look back at safety Shaun Williams, who was late coming over to help from the other side. Sehorn, however, took the blame.

"I got beat and I can't place blame on anybody else," Sehorn said. "We all have a guy to cover, and we know our responsibility on the football field."

Sehorn was brilliant late in the season and the playoffs. He returned an onside kick for a touchdown in the season finale against Jacksonville, scored again after an acrobatic interception against Philadelphia in the playoffs and helped shut down Randy Moss in the 41-0 rout of Minnesota.

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His roll ended against the Ravens.

"They didn't march the ball up and down the field on us, but we didn't take the ball away like we had the last few weeks," Sehorn said.

Both offenses were struggling in the early minutes before Trent Dilfer dropped back and found Stokley over the middle behind Sehorn with 6:50 left.

Sehorn made the tackle, but he couldn't stop Stokley from falling into the end zone for the touchdown that put the Ravens ahead to stay.

"Getting that first score, the way our defense has been playing, we knew the Giants would struggle coming from behind on us," Stokley said.

Sehorn also was beaten about five minutes into the game when Patrick Johnson got behind him in the end zone, but the Ravens' receiver couldn't make the catch as the ball was thrown slightly behind him.

Sehorn's bad start nearly got much worse with 1:25 left in the first period when he slipped down near the line of scrimmage while in single coverage on Johnson.

Johnson ran down the field uncovered, and no Giants defender was within 20 yards of him when Dilfer overthrew the ball. If Dilfer had been on target, it might not have been a touchdown, but Johnson probably would have come close before the rest of the Giants secondary recovered.

"I've had bad games for 60 minutes before, but I felt like this was just a bad start," Sehorn said. "I just couldn't get going. The defense didn't do anything to change the game or help the offense out. It's disappointing to lose like this, especially with two weeks to prepare."

Sehorn's touchdown in the playoff win over Philadelphia was one of the most replayed plays of the postseason.

He leaped for a pass from Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, tipped the ball into the air, rolled over and caught it, then jumped to his feet and ran untouched for a touchdown.

It was a great play that will be overshadowed by the bad memories of the final game, and the engagement ring he gave to actress Angie Harmon will not have a Super Bowl ring to go along with it.

"It's not exactly how we planned for it to turn out," Sehorn said.

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