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Super Bowl XXXI

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Super Bowl XXXI took place on January 26, 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The final result was Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21.

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The game

The Packers were favored to win the game over what many thought was a Cinderella Patriots team, and they did not disappoint. The rumored departure of head coach Bill Parcells from New England didn't help that team either. After the game, Parcells refused to travel back with the rest of the Patriots and then found a job coaching the rival New York Jets.

On the field, the Packers dominated the Patriots on both sides of the ball, outgaining New England 323 yards to 257 and intercepting Drew Bledsoe four times. Bledsoe was also sacked three times by Reggie White.

Green Bay opened the scoring early, with a 54-yard Andre Rison touchdown catch on their second offensive play of the game. The first of Bledsoe's interceptions set up a Chris Jacke field goal to make it 10-0.

New England did storm back to take the lead by the end of the first quarter, with touchdowns by Keith Byars and Ben Coates.

The lead was short lived, as Antonio Freeman caught a Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown a minute into the second quarter to put the Packers back in the lead for good. Another field goal and Brett Favre scramble into the end zone put the Packers up by 13 points at halftime.

The Patriots' last gasp was an early third-quarter touchdown by Curtis Martin to make it a 6-point game. But the following play broke a record and broke the hearts of New England fans, when Desmond Howard returned the kickoff 99 yards for what would prove to be the last score of the game.

Howard was named MVP.

The game was the first Super Bowl to be televised by the FOX network. Pat Summerall and John Madden called the game.

Scoring Summary

  • GB- Rison 54 pass from Favre (Jacke kick)
  • GB- FG Jacke 37
  • NE- Byars 1 pass from Bledsoe (Vinatieri kick)
  • NE- Coates 4 pass from Bledsoe (Vinatieri kick)
  • GB- Freeman 81 pass from Favre (Jacke kick)
  • GB- FG Jacke 31
  • GB- Favre 2 run (Jacke kick)
  • NE- Martin 18 run (Vinatieri kick)
  • GB- Howard 99 kick return (2-pt Chmura from Favre)

Trivia

  • To honor the recent death of former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, each player wore a special helmet decal with Rozelle's signature, "Pete," printed across the NFL logo. Rozelle had died shortly before kickoff.

See also

NFL Super Bowls

I 1967 | II 1968 | III 1969 | IV 1970 | V 1971 | VI 1972 | VII 1973 | VIII 1974 | IX 1975 | X 1976

XI 1977 | XII 1978 | XIII 1979 | XIV 1980 | XV 1981 | XVI 1982 | XVII 1983 | XVIII 1984 | XIX 1985 | XX 1986

XXI 1987 | XXII 1988 | XXIII 1989 | XXIV 1990 | XXV 1991 | XXVI 1992 | XXVII 1993 | XXVIII 1994 | XXIX 1995 | XXX 1996

XXXI 1997 | XXXII 1998 | XXXIII 1999 | XXXIV 2000 | XXXV 2001 | XXXVI 2002 | XXXVII 2003 | XXXVIII 2004 | XXXIX 2005 | XL 2006

XLI 2007 | XLII 2008 | XLIII 2009 | XLIV 2010

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