The Giants began the 2000 season hoping to get over the hump of coming short during their past two seasons. They would go on to finish the year with a 12-4 record and represented the in Super Bowl XXXV.
With revived quarterback Kerry Collins the passing game improved from a previously mediocre attack. The running game averaged 256.5 yards per game and became known as the �thunder and lightning backfield�. The defense allowed just 246 points, with its greatest strength being against the run allowing a second best 3.2 yards per carry.
Early in the season the Giants� record stood at 7-2 and coming off two double digit wins, before they lost two straight to decline to 7-4. That was when Head coach Jim Fassel made a bold move and guaranteed that his team would make the playoffs. This became the defining moment of the season and is said to be the motivation that got them to the Super Bowl.
In that game, however, the Giants were unable to get anything going offensively and couldn�t build from small gains of territory. The result was that they lost Super Bowl XXXV 7-34 to the Baltimore Ravens.