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Encyclopedia > Super Bowl XXXI
Super Bowl XXXI
Image:SuperBowlXXXI.png
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 0 7 0 21
Packers 10 17 8 0 35
Date January 26, 1997
Stadium Louisiana Superdome
City New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner
Favorite Packers by 14
National anthem Luther Vandross
Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert
Referee Gerald Austin
Halftime show James Brown, ZZ Top, and The Blues Brothers
Attendance 72,301
TV in the United States
Network FOX
Announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden
Nielsen Ratings 43.3
Market share 65
Cost of 30-second commercial US$1.2 million

Super Bowl XXXI was the 31st championship game of the modern National Football League (NFL). The game was played on January 26, 1997 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana following the 1996 regular season. Image File history File links Super Bowl XXXI logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... “Packers” redirects here. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The new Wembley Stadium in London is the most expensive stadium ever built; it has a seating capacity of 90,000 This article is about the building type. ... Superdome redirects here. ... NOLA redirects here. ... // The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player or Super Bowl MVP, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Desmond Howard (born May 15, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver and kick returner in the NFL. He played for the Washington Redskins (1992-1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997-1998) and Detroit Lions (1999-2002). ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... Spread betting is a term used to describe various types of wagering on the outcome of an event, where the pay-off is based on the precision of the wager, rather than a simple binary outcome (win or loss). ... “Packers” redirects here. ... The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States, with lyrics written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ... Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... Hank Stram (January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005), was an American Football coach. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Thomas R. Tom Flores (born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California) is a retired Mexican-American football quarterback and coach. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ... George Seifert (born January 22, 1940 in San Francisco, California) is a former NFL head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers. ... NFL officials (striped shirts) and guests prepare to toss the coin to start the 40th annual Pro Bowl. ... Dr. Gerald Gerry Austin is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since 1982. ... The following is a list of Super Bowl halftime shows. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOXs NFL telecasts, and in... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... “USD” redirects here. ... NFL redirects here. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Superdome redirects here. ... NOLA redirects here. ... The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League. ...

The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers (16-3) defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots (13-6), 35–21. This was the Packers' third overall Super Bowl victory, and their first one since Super Bowl II. The Packers also extended the league record for the most overall NFL championships to 12. National Football Conference logo. ... “Packers” redirects here. ... American Football Conference logo. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Date January 14, 1968 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 13½ National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Jack Vest Halftime show Grambling State University Band Attendance 75,546 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray...


Kick returner/punt returner Desmond Howard was named Super Bowl MVP, the first special teams player ever to do so. He ran for 154 kickoff return yards, and scored the game-clinching touchdown on a Super Bowl record 99-yard kickoff return. Howard also recorded a Super Bowl record 90 punt return yards, thus setting the Super Bowl records of total return yards (244) and combined net yards gained (244). Howard became the 4th Heisman Trophy winner to be named Super Bowl MVP. Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... Desmond Howard (born May 15, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver and kick returner in the NFL. He played for the Washington Redskins (1992-1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997-1998) and Detroit Lions (1999-2002). ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ...


Background

NFL owners awarded Super Bowl XXXI to New Orleans during their October 26, 1993 meeting in Chicago. This was the eighth time that New Orleans hosted the game. is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Green Bay Packers

Further information: 1996 Green Bay Packers season

After winning Super Bowl II after the 1967 regular season, the Packers became a losing team for much of the 1970s and 1980s, only making the playoffs in 1972 and the strike-shortened 1982 season. In addition to having the reputation of being a poor team, the Packers were unable to attract good players because many did not want to play in Green Bay's cold winter climate and the fact that they were a small market team. The 1996 Green Bay Packers season resulted in the Packers a league-best win-loss record at 13-3. ... Date January 14, 1968 Stadium Miami Orange Bowl City Miami, Florida MVP Bart Starr, Quarterback Favorite Packers by 13½ National anthem Grambling State University Band Coin toss Game referee Referee Jack Vest Halftime show Grambling State University Band Attendance 75,546 TV in the United States Network CBS Announcers Ray... The 1967 NFL season was the 48th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1972 NFL season was the 53rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1982 NFL season was the 63th regular season of the National Football League. ... Green Bay is the county seat of Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ...


All that changed when Mike Holmgren became the Packers head coach in 1992. During his first year, the team improved to a 9-7 regular season record, barely missing the playoffs. One of the significant players on the 1992 Packers team was second year quarterback Brett Favre, who spent his rookie season playing for the Atlanta Falcons. During a September 20, 1992 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Favre replaced injured starter Don Majkowski and proceeded to lead the team to a comeback victory. Afterwards, Favre became the starter for the rest of that season. Michael George Holmgren (born June 15, 1948 in San Francisco, California) is a National Football League American football coach, and was named as the sixth head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 8, 1999. ... The 1992 NFL season was the 73th regular season of the National Football League. ... Brett Hillbilly Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, and White Head Coach Bobby Petrino Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West (1970... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team... Don Majik Majkowski (born February 25, 1964 in Buffalo, New York) was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. ...


Green Bay then made the playoffs in the 1993, 1994, and the 1995 seasons. As Holmgren, Favre, and the Packers continued to win, they were able to attract impact free agents like veteran defensive end Reggie White, nicknamed the "Minister of Defense", who joined the team in 1993. The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... NFL 75th season anniversary logo The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was a professional American football player. ...


In 1996, the Packers posted an NFC-best 13-3 regular season record after winning 8 of their first 9 games to start the season. After losing two straight games in November (one to the rival Dallas Cowboys), they finished off the regular season winning their remaining five games, including dominating wins over playoff teams Denver Broncos, 41-6, and Minnesota Vikings, 38-10. The Packers also had the best defense in the league in both points and yards. They allowed 210 points and also scored an NFL best 456 points, becoming the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to score the most points in the league and allow the fewest. They set an NFL record with seven wins by at least 25 points. City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner H. Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference...


Favre won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight season after throwing for 3,899 yards and an NFC record 39 touchdown passes during the 1996 regular season, with only 13 interceptions. His 39 touchdown passes was the third highest total in league history at that time. Favre was also a good runner, ranking third on the team with 136 rushing yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press, to the player who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ...


The Packers also had a triple-whammy in a sense with game-breaking kick returner Desmond Howard. The former Heisman Trophy winner's NFL career as a wide receiver was widely viewed as a disappointment up until this point, recording just 92 receptions in his first 4 NFL seasons. After joining Green Bay before the 1996 season, the team used him as a kick returner. Howard excelled in this role and ended up setting an NFL record with 875 punt return yards, while also leading the league in yards per return (15.1) and punt return touchdowns (3). He also caught 13 passes for 95 yards and added another 460 yards returning kickoffs. Desmond Howard (born May 15, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver and kick returner in the NFL. He played for the Washington Redskins (1992-1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997-1998) and Detroit Lions (1999-2002). ... “Heisman” redirects here. ...


Green Bay also had a number of offensive weapons. Wide receiver Antonio Freeman led the team with 933 yards and 9 touchdowns. Multi-talented veteran wide receiver Don Beebe was also a constant breakaway threat, catching 39 passes for 606 yards and adding another 403 yards, and a touchdown returning kickoffs. Beebe was a member of Buffalo Bills during their 4 Super Bowl losses, and was thus extremely eager for another shot at a Super Bowl win. The Packers also had 2 outstanding tight ends: Pro Bowler Keith Jackson recorded 40 passes for 504 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Mark Chmura had 28 receptions for 370 yards. Antonio Freeman (born May 27, 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former American NFL wide receiver, most notably for the Green Bay Packers. ... Don Lee Beebe (born December 18, 1964 in Aurora, Illinois) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He was drafted by the Bills out of Chadron State College (after transferring from Western Illinois University... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... For the former professional American football player, see Keith Jackson (football player). ... Mark Chmura (born February 22, 1969 in Deerfield, Massachusetts) is a former American Football tight end who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1993-1999). ...


Although Green Bay's running game did not have any standout backs or Pro Bowlers, running backs Dorsey Levens, Edgar Bennett, and fullback William Henderson were all very good at blocking, running and receiving. Bennett was the team's leading rusher with 899 yards, while also catching 31 passes for 176 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Levens rushed for 566 yards, caught 31 passes for 226 yards, returned 5 kickoffs for 84 yards, and scored 10 touchdowns. Henderson had 130 rushing yards, caught 27 passes for 203 yards, and returned 2 kickoffs for 38 yards. Up front, Pro Bowl center Frank Winters anchored the offensive line, along with guard Adam Timmerman. Dorsey Levens is a former American NFL running back. ... Edgar Bennett III (born February 15, 1969) is a former National Football League running back who played for the Green Bay Packers (1992-1996) and the Chicago Bears (1998-1999), in a professional career lasting for 7 years. ... William Terrelle Henderson (born February 19, 1971 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American Football fullback who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He has been with the Packers for his entire professional career, since the organization selected him out of the University of North Carolina at... Frank Winters was a center in the NFL. Category: ... Adam Larry Timmerman (Born:August 14, 1971) is a National Football League offensive lineman for the Saint Louis Rams. ...


On defense, White continued to be a weapon, recording 29 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, and led the team with 8.5 sacks. Defensive tackle Santana Dotson was also a big asset, recording 5.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. In the secondary, the team was led by safety Eugene Robinson, who recorded 55 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 107 return yards. Defensive back LeRoy Butler was also a major force, recording 65 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumbles recoveries, and 5 interceptions for 149 return yards and a touchdown. Santana N. Dotson was a defensive tackle in the NFL. Category: ... Eugene Robinson (born May 28, 1963) is a former professional American football player who played free safety for the Seattle Seahawks from 1985-95, the Green Bay Packers (1996-1997), Atlanta Falcons (1998-1999), and Carolina Panthers in 2000. ... LeRoy Butler (born July 19, 1968) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). ...


New England Patriots

Further information: 1996 New England Patriots season

The Patriots were also considered a losing team for much of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including a dismal 1-15 regular season record in 1990. Then in 1993, New England turned to veteran head coach Bill Parcells to lead the team, hoping to repeat the success he had with the New York Giants. The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1996 season with a record of eleven wins and five losses, and finished first in the AFC East division. ... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1993 NFL season was the 74th regular season of the National Football League. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ...


Although the Patriots posted a 5-11 regular season record during Parcells' first year, eight of their losses were by 7 points or less. To Parcells credit, much of the improvement was the result of the contributions from their draft picks that they made before the season: linebackers Willie McGinest and Chris Slade. Tight end Ben Coates also became a major contributor as a favorite target of Bledsoe. With that improvement, the team was sold to Robert Kraft in January of 1994 for a (then) record price of $200,000,000—an astonishing price considering the Pats had generally been considered a laughing-stock and second rate team, had the worst stadium in the league, and couldn't sell out save for select home games resulting in most games going without television coverage—sports in New England centered on the beloved Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, not the NFL team orphaned in remote Foxboro Massachusetts forty miles outside Boston.[1] Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... To see the American football player see Chris Slade (football player) Chris Slade (born Christopher Rees, 30 October 1946, in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales) is a rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career. ... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ... Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ...


The team then posted a 10-6 record in 1994 after staring the regular season at 3-6, but were eliminated by the Cleveland Browns in their first playoff game. The Krafts had also eliminated the practice of TV blackouts (and courted and nailed deals with local affiliates), and the season resulted in a resurge of interest in the NFL game across the region. Nontheless, New England then seemed to return to form and failed to make the playoffs in 1995, a year when many organizations were coming to grips with the new salary cap put in by the NFL to improve competition in the league. In the off season, Parcells hired his old Giants defensive co-ordinator Bill Belichick in January of 1996 as Assistant Head Coach and receivers position coach. Part of the teams spotty performance might have been that the new coach and the new owner did not really get along well, and Belichick came to serve during the 2006 season as the head coaches interface with the Kraft family and the non-football operations side of the business.[2] NFL 75th season anniversary logo The 1994 NFL season was the 75th regular season of the National Football League. ... “Browns” redirects here. ... The 1995 NFL season was the 76th regular season of the National Football League. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


After losing their first two games in the 1996 regular season with lackluster performances, they would run through the rest of the season competitive in every game to finish with an 11-5 record, their best in the Parcells era. The Patriots offense became the 7th best unit in the league in terms of yards, and 2nd best in points after the Packers. Their pass offense, led by Bledsoe and wide receiver Terry Glenn, ranked third in the NFL. Bledsoe would throw for 4,086 yards and 27 touchdowns with just 15 interceptions, and Glenn would set a rookie record with 90 receptions to go along with his 1,132 yards and 6 touchdowns. Tight end Ben Coates was also a big contributor, catching 62 passes for 682 yards and 9 touchdowns. Wide receiver Shawn Jefferson recorded 50 receptions for 771 yards and 4 touchdowns. Terrell Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. // Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track, and a two-year letterman... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ... Shawn Jefferson is a former American Football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ...


Running back Curtis Martin would be the focal point of the rushing attack with his 1,152 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground, while also catching 46 passes for another 333 yards and 3 touchdowns. Pro Bowl running back Dave Meggett provided the team with a good special teams threat, gaining 1,369 yards and a touchdown returning kickoffs and punts, while also rushing for 122 yards and catching 33 passes for 292 yards. Curtis Martin is a former American football running back. ... Dave Meggett (born April 30, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina), is a former professional American Football running back who played for the New York Giants (1989-1994), New England Patriots (1995-1997), and the New York Jets (1998). ...


On defense, the team's main weapon was Pro Bowler McGinest, who recorded 49 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, an interception which he returned 46 yards for a touchdown, and a team leading 9.5 sacks. New England also had a solid secondary, led by defensive backs Willie Clay (72 tackles, 1 fumble recovery. 4 interceptions, 50 return yards), Ty Law (56 tackles, 3 interceptions, 45 return yards, 1 touchdown), and Lawyer Milloy (54 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions). Willie Clay (b. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... Lawyer Milloy (born November 14, 1973 in St. ...


Playoffs

For more details on this topic, see NFL playoffs, 1996-97.

Aided by Martin's 166 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the Patriots first eliminated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-3. New England gained a total of 346 yards in the game, while limiting Steelers quarterback Mike Tomczak to just 110 passing yards, with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The NFL playoffs following the 1996 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXI. // Wild-card round December 28, 1996 AFC: Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Buffalo Bills 27 at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game Weather: 52 degrees (cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann Aired at 1... “Steelers” redirects here. ... Mike Tomczak (born October 23, 1962 in Calumet City, Illinois) is a former American football player. ...


The Patriots then defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6, in the AFC Championship Game. The 1995 expansion team Jaguars advanced after upsetting the AFC top seeded Denver Broncos. However, New England took advantage of several key Jacksonville miscues in a game dominated by defense. A bad snap allowed Patriots defensive back Larry Whigham to tackle Jaguars punter Bryan Barker at the Jacksonville 4-yard line, setting up Martin's 1-yard touchdown run a few plays later. The Jaguars scored a field goal in the second quarter, but Jacksonville punt returner Chris Hudson's fumble set up Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri's 29-yard field goal. Eventually the teams exchanged field goals and the Patriots led 13-6 going into the fourth quarter. With under 4 minutes left in the game, the Jaguars reached the New England 5-yard line, but Patriots defensive back Willie Clay intercepted a pass in the end zone. After New England was forced to punt, cornerback Otis Smith recovered a fumble from Jaguars running back James Stewart and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Willie Clay (b. ...


Meanwhile, the Packers first eliminated the San Francisco 49ers, 35-14. Green Bay's defense and special teams dominated the game, forcing 5 turnovers, and helping the team score 35 points even though Favre was limited to just 79 passing yards. San Francisco starting quarterback Steve Young, who was still suffering from a rib injury substained during their 14-0 playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles, had to leave the game in the first quarter. Howard opened up the scoring by returning a punt 71 yards for a touchdown. Later, he returned a punt 46 yards to set up Favre's 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rison. By the time the first half ended, Green Bay had a commanding 21-7 lead. San Francisco cut their deficit to 7 points with a third quarter touchdown, but the Packers responded by driving 72 yards to score a touchdown, in which Bennett's fumble was recovered in the end zone by Freeman. Green Bay then put the game away with an 11-yard touchdown run by Bennett. City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA), is a former quarterback for the National Football Leagues San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League. ... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Andre Previn Rison (born March 18, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former American football wide receiver who played professionally for the National Football Leagues Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts. ...


Green Bay then defeated the Carolina Panthers, 30-13, in the NFC Championship Game. Like the Jaguars, the Panthers were also a 1995 expansion team that advanced to the conference title game. But unlike Jacksonville, Carolina came into the contest as the NFC #2 seed and had eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 27-13. In NFC Championship Game, Carolina scored first with a 3-yard touchdown reception by Howard Griffith, but Green Bay scored on 2 touchdown passes by Favre and a field goal in the second quarter to take a 17-10 halftime lead. The Packers then dominated the second half, only allowing one more field goal from the Panthers. Levens recorded 5 catches for 117 yards and a touchdown, along with 88 rushing yards. Bennett rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Favre threw for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Kicker Chris Jacke scored 3 field goals. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue (PMS 661), Silver-Green (PMS 8280), Silver (PMS 8240), and Navy Blue (PMS 282) Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Northern Conference (1960... Howard Griffith (born November 17, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American football fullback who spent 11 seasons in the NFL (1991-2000). ... Chris Jacke (born March 12, 1966, in Richmond, Virginia) was a professional American Football Placekicker most known for playing for the Green Bay Packers. ...


Super Bowl pregame news and notes

The Packers were favored to win the game by 14 points, largely because many thought the Patriots were a Cinderella team, and because of the recent dominance of the NFC in Super Bowl games. In United States sports, a Cinderella refers to a team or player who advances much further in a tournament than expected. ...


Much of the pregame hype surrounded the conflict between Parcells and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Kraft took control of the team after Parcells was hired, and the two of them had different ideas on how to run the organization. Six days before the Super Bowl, in an article by Will McDonough, the Globe reported Parcells would leave the Patriots after the Super Bowl to become the coach of the New York Jets. The book Patriot Reign alleges the Patriots have cell phone records showing Parcells was in constant contact with the Jets during the week. Then Patriot defensive coordinator (and now head coach) Bill Belichick is quoted as saying Parcells' plans to leave for the Jets were a distraction, "Yeah, I'd say it was a little bit of a distraction all the way around. I can tell you first-hand, there was a lot of stuff going on prior to the game. I mean, him talking to other teams. He was trying to make up his mind about what he was going to do. Which, honestly, I felt [was] totally inappropriate. How many chances do you get to play for the Super Bowl? Tell them to get back to you in a couple of days. I'm not saying it was disrespectful to me, but it was in terms of the overall commitment to the team." Parcells even refused to travel back with the rest of the Patriots after the game, and was eventually hired by the rival New York Jets later on. Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... Will McDonough (July 6, 1935 - January 9, 2003) gave the American Football League honest exposure in his articles and columns in a nationally prominent newspaper, the Boston Globe. ... Patriot Reign is a best-selling book by Boston Globe/New York Times sports writer Michael Holley resulting from two years he was given unprecedented access (as if he were a fly on the wall) to the inner sanctums of the world champion New England Patriots football operations as they... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


To honor the recent death of former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, who died on December 6, 1996, each player wore a special helmet decal with Rozelle's signature, "Pete," printed across the NFL logo. Tributes to Rozelle were also published in the game program. Alvin Ray Pete Rozelle (March 1, 1926–December 6, 1996) was the commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from January 1960 to November 1989, when he retired from office. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Television and entertainment

The game was the first Super Bowl to be televised in the United States by the FOX network. Play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall and color commentator John Madden, both previously of CBS, called the game. James Brown hosted all the events with help from his fellow FOX NFL Sunday cast members Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Ronnie Lott. The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... George Allen Pat Summerall (born May 10, 1930 in Lake City, Florida) is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOXs NFL telecasts, and in... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, head coach, and a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... James Brown James Brown (born February 25, 1951), commonly called J.B., is a TV personality known for being the host of the Fox networks NFL pregame show FOX NFL Sunday. ... NFL on FOX logo. ... Terry Paxton Bradshaw (born September 2, 1948), is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL). ... Howard Michael Howie Long (born January 6, 1960 in Somerville, Massachusetts) played football as a defensive end, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


This was the first of three Super Bowls to be called by Summerall and Madden while with FOX (Super Bowls XXXIII and XXXVI being the others). Date January 31, 1999 Stadium Pro Player Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP John Elway, Quarterback Favorite Broncos by 7 1/2 National anthem Cher Coin toss Raymond Berry, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Art Donovan, Gino Marchetti, Frank Gifford, Roosevelt Brown, Don Maynard, Sam Huff, Tom Landry Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX...


Starting with this game, through Super Bowl XXXVII, the Super Bowl logo was painted at the 50-yard line, and the teams helmets were placed on the 30-yard lines. During the past Super Bowl games since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger (Super Bowl VI), the NFL logo was painted on the 50-yard line, except for Super Bowls XXV and XXIX. The Super Bowl XXV logo was painted at midfield, and the NFL 75th Anniversary logo was painted at midfield in Super Bowl XXIX. The league started to put the NFL logo at midfield again for Super Bowl XXXVIII. Date January 26, 2003 Stadium Qualcomm Stadium City San Diego MVP Dexter Jackson, Safety Favorite Raiders by 4 National anthem Dixie Chicks and Celine Dion (God Bless America) Coin toss 1972 Miami Dolphins: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield Referee Bill Carollo... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... Date January 16, 1972 Stadium Tulane Stadium City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Roger Staubach, Quarterback Favorite Cowboys by 6 National anthem U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Coin toss Jim Tunney Referee Jim Tunney Halftime show Salute to Louis Armstrong with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U... Date January 27, 1991 Stadium Tampa Stadium City Tampa, Florida MVP Ottis Anderson, Running back Favorite Bills by 6 National anthem Whitney Houston Coin toss Pete Rozelle Referee Jerry Seeman Halftime show New Kids on the Block Attendance 73,813 TV in the United States Network ABC Announcers Al Michaels... Date January 29, 1995 Stadium Joe Robbie Stadium City Miami, Florida MVP Steve Young, Quarterback Favorite 49ers by 18½ National anthem Kathie Lee Gifford Coin toss Otto Graham, Joe Greene, Ray Nitschke, and Gale Sayers Referee Jerry Markbreit Halftime show Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine Attendance... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock...


The telecast ended up being the highest-rated program in the history of the then ten-year-old FOX network, and it still is today. Afterwards, FOX broadcasted an episode of The X-Files. The X-Files is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning science fiction television series created by Chris Carter, which first aired on September 10, 1993, and ended on May 19, 2002. ...


Pregame ceremonies

The pregame show featured Los del Río who performed their multi-platinum smash hit "Macarena", the dance craze that became a worldwide summer hit in 1996. Country singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and Cajun musical group Beausoleil also appeared. Los del Río on the cover of their album A Mi Me Gusta. ... Macarena is a song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be unclassifiable. ... Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Catholics of Canada. ... Beausoleil (from left) David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Billy Ware, Al Tharp, Jimmy Breaux, Tommy Alesi. ...


R&B singer Luther Vandross later sang the national anthem and Miss Louisiana 1996 Erika Schwarz Wright performed sign language for the national anthem For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. ...


The coin toss ceremony featured the following past Super Bowl winning head coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, and George Seifert. Coin flipping or coin tossing is the practice of throwing a coin in the air to resolve a dispute between two parties or otherwise choose between two alternatives. ... Hank Stram (January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005), was an American Football coach. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... Thomas R. Tom Flores (born March 21, 1937 in Fresno, California) is a retired Mexican-American football quarterback and coach. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... Charles Henry Chuck Noll (born January 5, 1932) is a former American football coach, having served as the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League from 1969 to 1991. ... George Seifert (born January 22, 1940 in San Francisco, California) is a former NFL head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Carolina Panthers. ...


Halftime show

The halftime show was titled "Blues Brothers Bash" and featured actors Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and James Belushi as the Blues Brothers. The show highlighted blues music and also had performances by the rock band ZZ Top and singer James Brown, nicknamed "The Godfather of Soul". Daniel Edward Aykroyd CM (born July 1, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and musician. ... Not to be confused with Johnny Goodman (TV producer), Johnny Goodman, or John C. Goodman. ... James Edgar Belushi (born June 15, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, musician and younger brother of the late comedian John Belushi. ... The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi The Blues Brothers is the name of a blues band fronted, incognito, by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. ... “Blues music” redirects here. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... ZZ Top is an American blues rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ...


While practicing for the show, Laura Patterson, one of a 16-member professional bungee jumping team, died of massive cranial trauma when she jumped from the top level of the Superdome with improperly handled bungee cords and smashed head-first into the concrete-based playing field. The bungee jumping portion of the show was removed from the program and a commemoration of Patterson was added.


Game summary

The Packers dominated the Patriots on both sides of the ball, outgaining New England 323 yards to 257 and intercepting quarterback Drew Bledsoe four times. Packers defensive lineman Reggie White set a Super Bowl record with three sacks, including back-to-back takedowns in the 3rd quarter. Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was a professional American football player. ...


Green Bay forced New England to punt on the opening possession of the game and started their first drive with great field position after receiver Desmond Howard returned the ball 32 yards to the Packers 46-yard line. Green Bay then opened up the scoring with Brett Favre's 54-yard touchdown pass to Andre Rison on their second offensive play of the game. Then on the Patriots' ensuing drive, Packers defensive back Doug Evans intercepted a pass from Bledsoe at the New England 28-yard line. On the first play after the turnover, New England lineman Ferric Collons sacked Favre for a 10-yard loss, but running back Dorsey Levens rushed for 4 yards and caught a pass for 14 over the next two plays, setting up Chris Jacke's 37-yard field goal to make the score 10-0. Desmond Howard (born May 15, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football wide receiver and kick returner in the NFL. He played for the Washington Redskins (1992-1994), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995), Green Bay Packers (1996, 1999), Oakland Raiders (1997-1998) and Detroit Lions (1999-2002). ... Brett Hillbilly Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... Andre Previn Rison (born March 18, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former American football wide receiver who played professionally for the National Football Leagues Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts. ... Doug Evans (born 5/13/1970) is a former cornerback in the NFL. Evans was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round of the 1993 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. ... Ferric Collons (born December 4, 1969 in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois) is a National Football League player who played defensive end for the New England Patriots. ... Dorsey Levens is a former American NFL running back. ... Chris Jacke (born March 12, 1966, in Richmond, Virginia) was a professional American Football Placekicker most known for playing for the Green Bay Packers. ...


New England stormed back, scoring touchdowns on each of their next 2 possessions. On the second play of the Patriots ensuing drive, Bledsoe completed a 32-yard screen pass to fullback Keith Byars and followed it up with a "dump-off" pass to running back Curtis Martin, who caught the ball near the line of scrimmage and ran 20 yards to the Packers 27-yard line before being tackled. Bledsoe then threw three straight incompletions, but on the third one, Packers defensive back Craig Newsome was called for a 26-yard pass interference penalty, giving New England a first down at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Bledsoe completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Byars to cut his team's deficit to 10-7. A screen pass is a type of trick play in American football, much like a draw. ... Byars in Tikrit, Iraq, signing autographs during a Feburary 2006 troop visit. ... Curtis Martin is a former American football running back. ...


New England's defense then forced the Packers to punt from their own 17-yard line after a three-and-out, giving the Patriots the ball back after running back Dave Meggett received Craig Hentrich's 39-yard punt at the New England 43-yard line. After a 7-yard reception and a 2-yard run by Martin on their first 2 plays, Bledsoe completed a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Terry Glenn to advance to the Green Bay 4-yard line. From there, tight end Ben Coates's 4-yard touchdown reception that gave New England a 14-10 lead. The Packers and Patriots combined for a total of 24 points, the most ever scored in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. Three and out is an American Football term used to describe a game situation where the team with the ball is unable to get a first down on their possesion and is forced to punt after they run 3 plays. ... Dave Meggett (born April 30, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina), is a former professional American Football running back who played for the New York Giants (1989-1994), New England Patriots (1995-1997), and the New York Jets (1998). ... Craig Hentrich (born May 18, 1971 in Alton, Illinois) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He lettered four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as both the placekicker and punter. ... Terrell Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. // Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track, and a two-year letterman... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ...


New England's lead was short lived. After both teams exchanged punts, Favre threw a Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass to receiver Antonio Freeman, putting the Packers back in the lead, 17-14. A third down, 9-yard sack by safety LeRoy Butler forced the Patriots to punt on their ensuing drive, and Howard returned Tom Tupa's punt 34 yards to the New England 47-yard line. The Packers then drove to the 14-yard line to score on Jacke's 31-yard field goal to increase their lead, 20-14. Antonio Freeman (born May 27, 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former American NFL wide receiver, most notably for the Green Bay Packers. ... LeRoy Butler (born July 19, 1968) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). ... Tom Tupa is a National Football League punter. ...


Meggett returned the ensuing kickoff 21 yards to the Patriots 25-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Bledsoe completed a 19-yard pass to Coates to advance to their own 44-yard line. But two plays later, Packers defensive back Mike Prior intercepted a long pass that was intended for wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, and returned it 8 yards to the Green Bay 26-yard line. After the turnover, the Packers went on a 9-play, 74-yard drive that took 5:59 minutes off the clock and scored on Favre's 2-yard touchdown run to give Green Bay a 27-14 lead with just 1:11 left in the half. Michael Mike Robert Prior (born November 14, 1963 in Chicago Heights, Illinois), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 1985 NFL Draft. ... Shawn Jefferson is a former American Football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ...


After a 24-yard kickoff return by Meggett, Bledsoe completed an 18-yard pass to Coates, and followed it up with a 10-yard pass to Glenn. Then after a 1-yard run by Meggett on the next play, Bledsoe completed a 7-yard pass to receiver Vincent Brisby to bring up 3rd down and 2 yards to go from the Packers 42-yard line. But Green Bay's defense forced 2 pass incompletions from Bledsoe, causing the Patriots to turn the ball over on downs with just 19 seconds left before halftime. The Packers tried to get into scoring range by calling a pass on the next play, but linebacker Willie McGinest sacked Favre, and the score remained 27-14 at halftime. Vincent Cole Brisby (born January 25, 1971 in Houston, Texas), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ...


Howard returned the second half kickoff 23 yards to the Green Bay 25-yard line. From there, Favre led the Packers all the way to the New England 37, but the Patriots made a key defensive stand, stopping Green Bay running back Dorsey Levens for no gain on third down and one, and then tackling him again for a 7-yard loss on a fourth down conversion attempt. Then after driving to the Packers 41-yard line, New England was forced to punt, but they managed to pin Green Bay deep in their own territory when Howard made a fair catch of Tupa's 29-yard punt at the 12-yard line. On the ensuing drive, a 7-yard sack by Patriots cornerback Otis Smith helped the New England defense force the Packers to punt, and the Patriots got the ball back with great field position after Meggett returned Craig Hentrich's 48-yard punt 6 yards to the New England own 47-yard line. Dorsey Levens is a former American NFL running back. ... A fair catch is a play in American football and several other forms of football. ... Otis Smith (born October 22, 1965) is an American football player. ... Craig Hentrich (born May 18, 1971 in Alton, Illinois) is an American football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He lettered four years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as both the placekicker and punter. ...


Taking advantage of their excellent starting field position, New England drove 53 yards in 7 plays and scored on an 18-yard touchdown run by Martin to cut the Packers' lead 27-21. But on the ensuing kickoff, Howard returned the ball a Super Bowl record 99 yards for a touchdown -- the longest play in Super Bowl history. Favre then completed a pass to tight end Mark Chmura for the successful two-point conversion, giving the Packers a 35-21 lead. Mark Chmura (born February 22, 1969 in Deerfield, Massachusetts) is a former American Football tight end who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1993-1999). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The score proved to be the last one of the contest as the defenses of both teams took over for the rest of the game. The Patriots limited the Packers to 3 punts and a missed 47-yard field goal attempt by Jacke. Green Bay did even better, not allowing New England to advance past their own 32 yard line. Furthermore, White sacked Bledsoe on back-to-back plays on the Patriots first drive after Howard's game-clinching touchdown return. White then recorded a third sack late in the fourth quarter. Bledsoe was also intercepted twice in the final period (one by Newsome and the other one by linebacker Brian Williams).


After the game, Favre reflected on his long road to becoming a Super Bowl champion, which included the death of his friend Mark Harvy in a car accident during the season. "Through everything I really believed I'd be here today. "Right here in this stairwell, talking about being world champions. My best friend's gone forever. Trouble never seems to be far away, and the future won't be all rosy, but they can't take this away from me. Thirty years from now, the kids will be getting ready for Super Bowl LXI, and NFL Films will drag out Steve Sabol -- he'll be around 102 then -- and he'll talk about how Brett Favre fought through such adversity. And there will be other players and coaches. But I know this: We etched our place in history today."[1] NFL Films is a Mount Laurel, New Jersey-based company devoted to producing commercials, television programs, feature films, and documentaries on the National Football League, as well as other unrelated major events and awards shows. ... Steven Sabol is the president, and one of the founding members, of NFL Films. ...


Freeman was the top receiver of the game, finishing with 105 receiving yards and a touchdown on only 3 receptions. Dorsey Levens was the game's leading rusher with 61 rushing yards, and caught 3 passes for 23 yards. Favre completed 14 out of 27 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns, and had 12 rushing yards and another touchdown on 4 carries. Favre became the first Super Bowl winning quarterback to have at least three touchdowns (Favre had 2 throwing, 1 rushing) and not be named Super Bowl MVP. Dorsey Levens is a former American NFL running back. ...


Bledsoe finished the game with 11 more pass completions (25) then Favre, but only 7 more total passing yards (253). His four interceptions tied a Super Bowl record. Martin was limited to just 41 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 11 carries, but he also caught 3 passes for 28 yards. Meggett recorded 155 combined net yards (117 kick return, 30 punt return, 8 receiving). Coates was the Patriots leading receiver with 6 catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.


Scoring summary

  • First Quarter
    • GB - TD: Andre Rison 54 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick) 7-0 GB
    • GB - FG: Chris Jacke 37 yards 10-0 GB
    • NE - TD: Keith Byars 1 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick) 10-7 GB
    • NE - TD: Ben Coates 4 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick) 14-10 NE
  • Second Quarter
    • GB - TD: Antonio Freeman 81 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick) 17-14 GB
    • GB - FG: Chris Jacke 31 yards 20 -14 GB
    • GB - TD: Brett Favre 2 yard run (Chris Jacke kick) 27-14 GB
  • Third Quarter
    • NE - TD: Curtis Martin 18 yard run (Adam Vinatieri kick) 27-21 GB
    • GB - TD: Desmond Howard 99 yard kickoff return (2-pt conv: Mark Chmura pass from Brett Favre) 35-21 GB

Starting Lineups

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Green Bay Position New England
OFFENSE
Andre Rison WR Terry Glenn
Bruce Wilkerson LT Bruce Armstrong
Aaron Taylor LG William Roberts
Frank Winters C Dave Wohlabaugh
Adam Timmerman RG Todd Rucci
Earl Dotson RT Max Lane
Mark Chmura TE Ben Coates
Antonio Freeman WR Shawn Jefferson
Brett Favre QB Drew Bledsoe
Edgar Bennett RB Curtis Martin
William Henderson FB Keith Byars
DEFENSE
Reggie White LE Ferric Collons
Gilbert Brown LDT Pio Sagapolutele
Santana Dotson RDT Mark Wheeler
Sean Jones RE Willie McGinest
Wayne Simmons LOLB Todd Collins
Ron Cox MLB Ted Johnson
Brian Williams ROLB Chris Slade
Doug Evans LCB Ty Law
Craig Newsome RCB Otis Smith
LeRoy Butler SS Lawyer Milloy
Eugene Robinson FS Willie Clay

Andre Previn Rison (born March 18, 1967 in Flint, Michigan) is a former American football wide receiver who played professionally for the National Football Leagues Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts. ... Terrell Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. // Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track, and a two-year letterman... Bruce Wilkerson was an American football player who played tackle for three NFL teams from 1987 to 1997. ... Bruce Armstrong was an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1987 to 2000, playing all fourteen seasons with the Patriots. ... Aaron Taylor is a former NFL offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers out of De La Salle High School in Concord, CA and a graduate of University of Notre Dame who is currently a college football analyst for ABC Sports. ... William Roberts (born August 5, 1962 in Miami, Florida) is a former American football guard who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. ... Frank Winters was a center in the NFL. Category: ... David Vincent Wohlabaugh (born April 13, 1972 in Hamburg, New York) is a former American football center who played 9 seasons for three NFL teams. ... Adam Larry Timmerman (Born:August 14, 1971) is a National Football League offensive lineman for the Saint Louis Rams. ... Todd Rucci (born July 14, 1970) is a former NFL guard who played seven seasons in the NFL from 1993-1999. ... Earl Christopher Dotson was an offensive tackle in the NFL. He played for the Green Bay Packers for 10 seasons. ... Max Lane (born February 22, 1971) is a former NFL tackle who played seven seasons in the NFL from 1994-2000. ... Mark Chmura (born February 22, 1969 in Deerfield, Massachusetts) is a former American Football tight end who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1993-1999). ... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ... Antonio Freeman (born May 27, 1972 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former American NFL wide receiver, most notably for the Green Bay Packers. ... Shawn Jefferson is a former American Football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ... Brett Hillbilly Favre (pronounced Farv, born on October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi [1]) is an American football player, currently starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... Edgar Bennett III (born February 15, 1969) is a former National Football League running back who played for the Green Bay Packers (1992-1996) and the Chicago Bears (1998-1999), in a professional career lasting for 7 years. ... Curtis Martin is a former American football running back. ... William Terrelle Henderson (born February 19, 1971 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American Football fullback who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. He has been with the Packers for his entire professional career, since the organization selected him out of the University of North Carolina at... Byars in Tikrit, Iraq, signing autographs during a Feburary 2006 troop visit. ... Reginald Howard Reggie White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was a professional American football player. ... Ferric Collons (born December 4, 1969 in Scott Air Force Base, Illinois) is a National Football League player who played defensive end for the New England Patriots. ... Gilbert Brown is a former American football defensive tackle. ... Pio Sagapolutele (November 28, 1969) was an American football defensive lineman who played seven seasons in the National Football League. ... Santana N. Dotson was a defensive tackle in the NFL. Category: ... Mark Wheeler (April 1, 1970) was an American football defensive lineman who played eight seasons in the National Football League. ... Sean Jones is a former American Football defensive end who played for the Los Angeles Raiders (1984-1987), Houston Oilers (1988-1993), and the Green Bay Packers (1994-1996). ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Wayne General Simmons (December 15, 1969 - August 23, 2002) was a former American football linebacker in the NFL, who was drafted in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, with whom he earned a Super Bowl ring in [[1996].He was well known for... Todd Collins (born May 27, 1970) is a former NFL linebacker. ... Ron Cox (born February 2, 1968 in Fresno, California) is a former American Football linebacker who played eight seasons in the National Football League. ... Ted Curtis Johnson (born December 4, 1972) is a former American football player in the National Football League. ... Brian Marcee Williams (born December 17, 1972 in Dallas) is a retired National Football League linebacker. ... Chris Slade (born January 30, 1971) is a former linebacker who played in the NFL who played most of his career with the New England Patriots. ... Doug Evans (born 5/13/1970) is a former cornerback in the NFL. Evans was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 6th round of the 1993 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... [[]]Craig Newsome (Born:August 10, 1971) is a former NFL cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. ... Otis Fitzgerald Smith (born January 30, 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player and current co-general manager of the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... LeRoy Butler (born July 19, 1968) is a former American football strong safety who played his entire career with the Green Bay Packers (1990-2001). ... Lawyer Milloy (born November 14, 1973 in St. ... Eugene Robinson (born May 28, 1963) is a former professional American football player who played free safety for the Seattle Seahawks from 1985-95, the Green Bay Packers (1996-1997), Atlanta Falcons (1998-1999), and Carolina Panthers in 2000. ... Willie Clay (b. ...

Officials

  • Referee: Gerald Austin
  • Umpire: Ron Botchan
  • Head Linesman: Earnie Frantz
  • Line Judge: Jeff Bergman
  • Field Judge: Phil Luckett
  • Side Judge: Tom Fincken
  • Back Judge: Scott Steenson
  • Alternate Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • Alternate Umpire: Neil Gereb

Dr. Gerald Gerry Austin is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since 1982. ... Ronald Leslie Ron Botchan (born February 15, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York) was an American football linebacker in the American Football League from 1960 to 1962 and later as American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 1980 to 2002. ... Phil Luckett is a back judge in the National Football League. ... National Football League referee Ed Hochuli signals a touchdown during the January 22, 2006 NFC Championship Game between the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks. ...

See also

The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1996 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXI. // Wild-card round December 28, 1996 AFC: Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Buffalo Bills 27 at Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, New York Game Weather: 52 degrees (cloudy) TV announcers (ABC): Mike Patrick and Joe Theismann Aired at 1...

External Links

  • Super Bowl XXXI Memories Video.

References

  1. ^ Michael Holly. Patriots Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins. 
  2. ^ Michael Holly. Patriots Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins. 
  3. ^ Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. 1994 ISBN 0312114354

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Super Bowl XXXI was the 31st Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL).
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The Super Bowl XXV logo was painted at midfield, and the NFL 75th Anniversary logo was painted at midfield in Super Bowl XXIX.
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Super Bowl XXXII was the 32nd Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL).
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Shanahan was previously Denver's offensive coordinator during those Super Bowl losses, but was fired in 1991 after a power struggle between him and then-head coach Dan Reeves over the offensive personnel.
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