The debate over the NFL's greatest defense has raged for some time. Fans in Dallas are squarely behind the Doomsday Defense. Minnesota had the "Purple People Eaters", while Chicago had the "46". Still, in 2000, the Baltimore Ravens were as good as any in that group, and possibly even better.
Statistically speaking, the Ravens' defense was without equal. Led by Pro Bowlers Ray Lewis, Sam Adams and Rod Woodson, Baltimore allowed the fewest points ever in a 16-game season - 165, average of just over 10 per contest. Amazingly, they played even better in the postseason, allowing just 16 points combined in wins over the Broncos, Titans and Raiders.
But it was the Ravens' efforts in Super Bowl XXXV against the Giants that clinched their inclusion amongst the greatest defenses of all time. Baltimore's offense, with Trent Dilfer at quarterback, held its own and the defense took care of the rest, five turnovers in one of the most dominating performances ever.
Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '00 Ravens. America's Game uses exclusive interviews with Lewis, Dilfer and Brian Billick who reminisce about their championship season and one of the NFL's greatest defensive units.