With Super Bowl 50 less than a week away, the Sentinel continues its series looking back at the history of the NFL's biggest game.
Today, we review Super Bowls XXXI-XL.
•SUPER BOWL XXXI
Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21
Jan. 26, 1997 at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
Coaches: GB: Mike Holmgren (USC); NE: Bill Parcells (Colgate)
MVP: Green Bay PR/KR Desmond Howard (Michigan) – 10 total returns for 244 yards, TD
How it played out: Green Bay scored 17 points in the second quarter off an 81-yard pass from Brett Favre (Southern Miss) to Antonio Freeman (Virginia Tech), a 31-yard field goal by Chris Jacke (UTEP) and a 2-yard run by Favre. The Packers led 27-14 at halftime before the teams traded TDs in the third. New England was intercepted four times.
Did you know: UCF's Shawn Jefferson appeared in his second Super Bowl, catching three passes for 34 yards for New England. … Parcells left the Patriots a week after the game to take over as head coach of the New York Jets. … The Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers and the Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in championship games, in just the second seasons for those teams. … Howard, who returned a kick 99 yards for a TD in the third quarter, played for the expansion Jags in 1995 after three years with the Washington Redskins. He joined the Oakland Raiders the following year. … Andre Rison (Michigan State), a former teammate of Favre's with the Atlanta Falcons in 1991, caught a 54-yard TD on Green Bay's second play from scrimmage. Rison split time between the Jags and Packers in 1996 before then joined the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason. … Don Beebe (Chadron St.), most known for forcing Leon Lett (Emporia State) to fumble at the goal line in Super Bowl XXVII, won a Super Bowl with the Packers after losing four in row with the Buffalo Bills. … Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon (BYU) finished his final NFL season as Favre's backup in the same stadium he won Super Bowl XX. … Jets coach Todd Bowles (Temple) was in his second and final year on Green Bay's player personnel staff. … Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Ray Perkins (Alabama) served as offensive coordinator with the Patriots. Perkins went 19-41 with the Bucs from 1987-90. … Patriots QB coach Chris Palmer (Southern Connecticut State) spent the next two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Jags. … The Blues Brothers, James Browns and ZZ Top performed at halftime.
Stats: GB: Favre finished 14 of 27 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a TD. … Freeman caught three passes for 105 yards and Rison had two receptions for 77 yards. … Dorsey Levens (Georgia Tech) rushed 14 times for 61 yards. … Edgar Bennett (Florida State) had 40 yards on 17 carries in his final game in Green Bay. … Reggie White (Tennessee) compiled three sacks and LeRoy Butler (Florida State) was in on a sack.
NE: Drew Bledsoe (Washington State) went 25 of 48 passing for 253 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. … Curtis Martin (Pittsburgh) rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. … Ben Coates (Livingstone) caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. … Keith Byars (Ohio State) caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and rookie Terry Glenn (Ohio State) caught four passes for 62 yards. … Rookie LB Tedy Bruschi (Arizona) was in on two sacks.
How they got there: Green Bay (13-3) won 30-13 vs. Carolina Panthers (12-4); New England (11-5) won 20-6 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-7).
•SUPER BOWL XXXII
Denver Broncos 31, New England Patriots 24
Jan. 25, 1998 at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Coaches: DEN: Mike Shanahan (Eastern Illinois); GB: Mike Holmgren (USC)
MVP: Denver RB Terrell Davis (Georgia) – 30 carries for 157 yards, 3 TDs
How it played out: The Packers tied the game twice in the second half before Davis eventually rushed for 1-yard touchdowns each time to help the Broncos reclaim the lead. Davis' third TD of the game came with 1:45to play. The final drive for Green Bay stalled at Denver's 31 following three straight incomplete passes.
Did you know: Denver ended the National Football Conference's run of 13 consecutive Super Bowl wins. … The three rushing touchdowns by Davis remains a Super Bowl record for most in one game. Davis joined San Francisco's Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), Rickey Watters (Notre Dame) and Roger Craig (Nebraska) as the only players to score three total touchdowns in a Super Bowl. … All four rushing touchdowns by the Broncos went for just one yard. Denver QB John Elway (Stanford) rushed for a touchdown in the second quarter. … Cornerback Tim McKyer, who won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, recovered a fumble for the Broncos in the second half of his final NFL game. McKyer was born in Orlando but played high school football in Texas. … Current Denver coach Gary Kubiak (Texas A&M) was offensive coordinator with the Broncos from 1995-05. … Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid (BYU) was an offensive assistant with the Packers from 1992-98. … Mike Sherman (Central Connecticut State) was in his first year as an offensive assistant with Green Bay. He later served as Packers head coach from 2000-05 and offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-13.
Stats: DEN: Elway finished 12 of 22 passing for 123 yards with an interception. … Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State) caught five passes for 38 yards. … Steve Atwater (Arkansas) intercepted a pass and Tyrone Braxton (North Dakota State) recorded a sack. … Neil Smith (Nebraska), in his first season with the Broncos, recovered a fumble.
GB: Brett Favre (Southern Miss) went 25 of 42 passing for 256 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. … Dorsey Levens (Georgia Tech) rushed for 90 yards on 19 carries and caught six passes for 56 yards. … Antonio Freeman (Virginia Tech) caught nine passes for 126 yards and two scores. … Mark Chmura (Boston College) caught four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown … Eugene Robinson (Colgate) intercepted a pass.
How they got there: Denver (12-4) won 24-21 at Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5); Green Bay (13-3) won 23-10 at San Francisco 49ers (13-3).
•SUPER BOWL XXXIII
Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19
Jan. 31, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami
Coaches: DEN: Mike Shanahan (Eastern Illinois); ATL: Dan Reeves (South Carolina)
MVP: Denver QB John Elway (Stanford) – 18 of 29 passing for 336 yards, 2 total TDs, 1 INT
How it played out: Denver led 17-6 entering the fourth quarter and extended its lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Howard Griffith (Illinois) and a 3-yard run by Elway. Atlanta turned the ball over four times in the second half.
Did you know: Lake Howell High alum Trevor Pryce (Clemson) won his second Super Bowl as a defensive lineman with the Broncos. … Kissimmee Osceola High product Tito Paul (Ohio State) played special teams in his only season in Denver. … Super Bowl XXXIII was Elway's final game after 16 seasons. He went 2-3 in Super Bowls and still holds the record for most career interceptions (8). … Reeves lost three Super Bowls as head coach of the Broncos between 1986-89 with Shanahan serving as offensive coordinator. … Denver RB Terrell Davis (Georgia) rushed for 102 yards on 25 carries. He played just 17 more games over three seasons before being forced into retirement due to injury. … Darrien Gordon (Stanford) intercepted two passes for 108 return yards, a Super Bowl record, in his final game with the Broncos. … Steve DeBerg (San Jose State) finished his final NFL season as backup quarterback in Atlanta. He played for the Broncos from 1981-83 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1984-87. DeBerg also split time between the Bucs and Miami Dolphins in 1993.
Stats: DEN: Rob Smith (Missouri Southern) caught five passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. … Ed McCaffrey (Stanford) caught five passes for 72 yards. … Bill Romanowski (Boston College) finished with a sack in his fourth Super Bowl win. … Griffith scored two rushing touchdowns for Denver on four carries for nine yards.
ATL: Chris Chandler (Washington) finished 19 of 35 passing for 219 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. … Terance Mathis (New Mexico) caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. … Jamal Anderson (Utah) rushed 18 times for 96 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards. … Tony Martin (Mesa) caught five passes for 79 yards. … Ronnie Bradford (Colorado) intercepted a pass. … Rookie Tim Dwight (Iowa) returned a kick 94 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and had 210 yards on five returns.
How they got there: Denver (14-2) won 23-10 vs. New York Jets (12-4); Atlanta (14-2) won 30-27 at Minnesota Vikings (15-1).
•SUPER BOWL XXXIV
St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16
Jan. 30, 2000 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta
Coaches: STL: Dick Vermeil (San Jose State); TEN: Jeff Fisher (USC)
MVP: St. Louis QB Kurt Warner (Northern Iowa) – 24 of 45 passing for 414 yards, 2 TDs
How it played out: Rams led 16-0 when Eddie George (Ohio State) scored on runs of one and two yards and Al Del Greco (Auburn) kicked a 43-yarder to knot the score with 2:12to play. Isaac Bruce (Memphis) caught a 73-yard touchdown pass the next play from scrimmage and Mike Jones (Missouri) made the game-saving tackle on Kevin Dyson (Utah) at the goal line with no time left.
Did you know: The Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in their respective championship games. … Rams defensive lineman Kevin Carter (Florida) recorded a sack. He later played for the Titans (2001-04) and Miami Dolphins (2005-06) before finishing his career with the Bucs (20078-08). … Rookie Jevon Kearse (Florida) finished with a sack for the Titans. … Mike Gruttadauria (UCF) started at center in his final game for the Rams. He played the next three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. … Warner was the third-string quarterback for the Rams in 1998. His 414 yards passing remains the most in a single Super Bowl. … Vermeil stepped down from his position in the offseason. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl following the 1980 season and later took over as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. … Fisher took over as head coach of the Rams in 2012. He served as defensive coordinator for the franchise while in Los Angeles in 1991. … Former Oilers player Mike Munchak (Penn State) coached the Titans offensive line and later became head coach from 2011-13. … Former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (Georgetown) was in his first year as a defensive assistant with the Titans. … The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee following the 1996 season and reached the Super Bowl in its first year under the Tennessee Titans name. The Oilers fell one game short of the Super Bowl following the 1967, 1978 and 1979 seasons. … Faith Hill performed the national anthem.
Stats: STL: Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), in his first season with the Rams, caught five passes for 90 yards and gained just 17 yards on 10 carries. … Bruce had six receptions for 162 yards and a TD and rookie Torry Holt (North Carolina State) had seven catches for 109 yards and a TD. … Jeff Wilkins (Youngstown State) gave the Rams a 9-0 lead on field goals of 27, 29 and 28 yards.
TEN: Steve McNair (Alcorn State) finished 22 of 36 passing for 214 yards and gained 64 yards rushing on eight carries. … George rushed for 95 yards and two scores on 28 carries. … Jackie Harris (Louisiana-Monroe) caught seven passes for 64 yards. … Frank Wycheck (Maryland) caught five passes for 35 yards. … Jason Fisk (Stanford) recorded a sack.
How they got there: St. Louis (13-3) won 11-6 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5); Tennessee (13-3) won 33-14 at Jacksonville Jaguars (14-2).
•SUPER BOWL XXXV
Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7
Jan. 28, 2001 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
Coaches: BAL: Brian Billick (Air Force); NYG: Jim Fassel (USC)
MVP: Baltimore LB Ray Lewis (Miami)
How it played out: Jermaine Lewis (Maryland) returned a kick 84 yards to give the Ravens a 24-7 lead late in the third quarter. Baltimore took a 17-0 lead on a 49-yard interception return by Duane Starks (Miami). New York was intercepted four times and lost a fumble.
Did you know: Rookie Ron Dixon (Lambuth), a Wildwood High alum, returned a kick 97 yards for the Giants in the third quarter to get New York within 17-7. Dixon finished with six returns for 154 yards with one fumble. … Baltimore QB Trent Dilfer (Fresno State), in his only season with the Ravens, won a Super Bowl in familiar surroundings. Dilfer was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1994 and was the starting quarterback when Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998. … Tight end Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State) won his third Super Bowl in four years after spending 12 seasons with the Denver Broncos. … New York's Brad Maynard (Ball State) still holds the Super Bowl record with 11 punts in a game. Baltimore's Kyle Richardson (Arkansas State) punted 10 times. … Billick, in his second season as head coach, was offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings (15-1) team that fell short of the Super Bowl in 1998. … Several Baltimore assistants went on to take head coaching jobs. Mike Smith (East Tennessee State), defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-07, coached the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-14. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan (Southwest Oklahoma State), Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis (Idaho State) and Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio (USC) were also on staff. Del Rio coached the Jags from 2003-11. … New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (Eastern Illinois) was offensive coordinator for the Giants and Chicago Bears coach John Fox (San Diego State) was defensive coordinator. Fox was head coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2002-10 and Denver Broncos from 2011-14, reaching the Super Bowl with both teams. … Fassel later served as offensive coordinator of the Ravens from 2005-06. … Orlando pop music acts Backstreet Boys (national anthem) and *NSYNC (halftime performers with Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly) were among the entertainers.
Stats: BAL: Dilfer finished 12 of 25 passing for 153 yards with a touchdown to Brandon Stokley (Louisiana-Lafayette) . … Stokley caught three passes for 52 yards. … Ben Coates (Livingstone) caught three passes for 30 yards in his final game. … Rookie Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. … Michael McCrary (Wake Forest) had two sacks. … Robert Bailey (Miami) recovered a fumble. … Matt Stover (Louisiana Tech) kicked field goals of 47 and 34 yards.
NYG: Kerry Collins (Penn State) finished 15 of 39 passing for 112 yards with four interceptions. … Tiki Barber (Virginia) rushed for 49 yards on 11 carries and caught six passes for 26 yards. … Ike Hilliard (Florida) caught three passes for 30 yards. … Lomas Brown (Florida) recovered a fumble. … Cornelius Griffin (Alabama) and Michael Strahan (Texas Southern) combined for three sacks.
How they got there: Baltimore (12-4) won 16-3 at Oakland Raiders (12-4); New York (12-4) won 41-0 vs. Minnesota Vikings (11-5).
•SUPER BOWL XXXVI
New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
Feb. 3, 2002 at Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans
Coaches: NE: Bill Belichick (Wesleyan); STL: Mike Martz (UC-Santa Barbara)
MVP: New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan) – 16 of 27 passing for 145 yards, TD
How it played out: New England led 17-3 entering the fourth quarter before Kurt Warner (Northern Iowa) scored on a 2-yard run then connected with Ricky Proehl (Wake Forest) on a 26-yard pass with 1:30left to play. Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State) kicked a 48-yard field goal to win it as time expired. St. Louis turned the ball over three times.
Did you know: Brady took over for injured Drew Bledsoe (Washington State) in the second game of the season and won 11 of the 14 regular season games he started. … Warner became the starter in his Super Bowl winning season two years earlier due to an injury to Trent Green (Indiana) in the preseason. … Terrell Buckley (Florida State) recovered a fumble for New England late in the second quarter. … The Patriots were out-gained 427-267 in total yards. … Belichick reached the Super Bowl in just his second season with the Patriots. … Assistant coaches with New England included offensive coordinator Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel (Western Kentucky), Eric Mangini (Wesleyan), Josh McDaniels (John Carroll) and Rob Ryan (Southwestern Oklahoma State). … Martz was offensive coordinator for the Rams during their Super Bowl winning season of 1999. He took over for Dick Vermeil (San Jose State) shortly after the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans. … Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith (Tulsa) was in his first year as defensive coordinator with the Rams. … Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Super Bowl winning quarterback Roger Staubach (Navy) took part in the ceremonial coin toss. … Mariah Carey sang the national anthem. … U2 performed a memorial tribute to the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, at halftime.
Stats: NE: Antowain Smith (Houston) rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries. … Troy Brown (Marshall) caught six passes for 89 yards. … David Patten (Western Carolina) caught one pass for an 8-yard touchdown. … Ty Law (Michigan) returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. … Otis Smith (Missouri) intercepted a pass. … Rookie defensive lineman Richard Seymour (Georgia) was one of three players to record a sack. … Vinatieri kicked two field goals in the second half.
STL: Warner finished 28 of 44 passing for 365 yards with two total touchdowns and two interceptions. … Proehl hauled in three passes for 71 yards and a TD. … Torry Holt (North Carolina State) caught five passes for 49 yards. … Isaac Bruce (Memphis) caught five passes for 56 yards. … Marshall Faulk (San Diego State) rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 54 yards. … Az-Zahir Hakim (San Diego State) had five catches for 90 yard. … Leonard Little (Tennessee) and Grant Wistrom (Nebraska) had sacks. … Jeff Wilkins (Youngstown State) kicked a 50-yard field goal.
How they got there: New England (11-5) won 24-17 at Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3); St. Louis (14-2) won 29-24 vs. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5).
•SUPER BOWL XXXVII
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48, Oakland Raiders 21
Jan. 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego
Coaches: TB: Jon Gruden (Dayton); OAK: Bill Callahan (Benedictine)
MVP: Tampa Bay DB Dexter Jackson (Florida State) – 2 interceptions
How it played out: Touchdown passes of five and eight yards from Brad Johnson (Florida State) to Keenan McCardell (UNLV) gave the Bucs a 27-3 lead in the third quarter. Tampa Bay took three interceptions back for touchdowns and scored on a blocked punt in the second half. The Bucs intercepted Rich Gannon (Delaware) five times, a Super Bowl record.
Did you know: Jackson became the third defensive back to be named Super Bowl MVP. … Apopka High's Warren Sapp (Miami) recorded a sack for the Bucs. … Seabreeze High's Sebastian Janikowski (Florida State) kicked a 40-yard field goal for the Raiders in the first quarter. … McCardell played with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1996-01 then spent two seasons with the Bucs. … Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State) caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Gannon in the fourth quarter and finished with five catches for 77 yards. Rice finished with career Super Bowl receiving records in catches (33), yards (589) and touchdowns (8) in four games. … Dwight Smith (Akron) returned two interceptions for touchdowns and Derrick Brooks (Florida State) returned an interception 44 yards for a score for Tampa Bay. No other Super Bowl team has returned more than one interception for a score. … Gruden, in his first season with the Bucs, coached the Raiders from 1998-01. … Callahan was offensive coordinator under Gruden and spent just two seasons as head coach in Oakland. Callahan coached the offensive line with the Washington Redskins in 2015 under Jay Gruden (Louisville), who was also on staff with the Bucs. … Monte Kiffin (Nebraska) served as defensive coordinator of the Bucs from 1996-08 and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin (William & Mary) coached defensive backs from 2001-05. Raheem Morris (Hofstra), who coached the Bucs from 2009-11, was also an assistant. … University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (Michigan) coached quarterbacks for the Raiders from 2002-03. … Don Shula (John Carroll) and members of the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins took part in the coin toss.
Stats: TB: Johnson finished 18 of 34 passing for 215 yards with two TDs and an interception. … Keyshawn Johnson (USC) caught six passes for 69 yards. … Joe Jurevicius (Penn State) caught four passes for 78 yards. … Michael Pittman (Fresno State) rushed for 124 yards on 29 carries. … Mike Alstott (Purdue) rushed of a touchdown and caught five passes for 43 yards. … Simeon Rice (Illinois) had two sacks. … Greg Spires (Florida State) finished with a sack.
OAK: Gannon finished 24 of 44 passing for 272 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. … Charlie Garner (Tennessee) caught seven passes for 51 yards. … Jerry Porter (West Virginia) caught four passes for 62 yards and a TD. … Doug Jolley (BYU) caught five passes for 59 yards. … Charles Woodson (Michigan) intercepted a pass. … Eric Johnson (Nebraska) returned a blocked punt 13 yards for a touchdown.
How they got there: Tampa Bay (12-4) won 27-10 at Philadelphia Eagles (12-4); Oakland (11-5) won 41-24 vs. Tennessee Titans (11-5).
•SUPER BOWL XXXVIII
New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
Feb. 1, 2004 at Reliant Stadium in Houston
Coaches: NE: Bill Belichick (Wesleyan); CAR: John Fox (San Diego State)
MVP: New England QB Tom Brady (Michigan) – 32 of 48 passing for 354 yards, 3 TDs, INT
How it played out: Teams combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter, the last of which came on a 41-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State) with four seconds remaining. Carolina tied the game with 1:08 to play on a 12-yard pass from Jake Delhomme (Louisiana Lafayette) to Rickey Proehl (Wake Forest).
Did you know: Rookie defensive back Asante Samuel (UCF) was in his first season with the Patriots. … Vinatieri's game-winning field goal negated Proehl's late heroics for the second time in three years. Proehl gave the St. Louis Rams the lead on a touchdown with 1:30 left in Super Bowl XXXVI before the Patriots prevailed. … Vinatieri was unsuccessful on two field goal tries earlier in the game. … Delhomme and Muhsin Muhammad (Michigan State) hooked up for the longest offensive play in Super Bowl history, an 85-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Panthers a 22-21 lead. Muhammad caught four passes for 140 yards. … Carolina kicker John Kasay (Georgia) kicked a field goal of 50 yards on the last play of the second quarter. He is the last of four kickers to connect on a kick of at least 50 yards in a Super Bowl. … The final drive for the Patriots started at their own 40 yard line after Kasay's kickoff went out of bounds. … New England linebacker Mike Vrabel (Ohio State) had two sacks and a forced fumble. He became the first defensive player since Super Bowl XX to score an offensive touchdown when he caught his only pass to give the Patriots a 29-22 lead. … Fox, coach of the Chicago Bears, led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in his second year as head coach. Carolina made the playoffs just three times in his nine years with the team. … Beyonce sang the national anthem. … Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock performed at halftime.
Stats: NE: Antowain Smith (Houston) rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. … Deion Branch (Louisville) caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. … Troy Brown (Marshall) caught eight passes 76 yards. … David Givins (Notre Dame) had five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. … Rodney Harrison (Western Illinois) recorded a sack to conclude his first season in New England.
CAR: Delhomme finished 16 of 33 passing for 323 yards and three touchdowns but was sacked four times. … Proehl caught four passes for 71 yards and a TD. … Steve Smith (Utah) caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. … Rookie DeShaun Foster (UCLA) rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on three carries. … Stephen Davis (Auburn) had 49 yards rushing on 13 carries. … Reggie Howard (Memphis) intercepted a pass.
How they got there: New England (14-2) won 24-14 vs. Indianapolis Colts (12-4); Carolina (11-5) won 14-3 at Philadelphia Eagles (12-4).
•SUPER BOWL XXXIX
New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
Feb. 6, 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville
Coaches: NE: Bill Belichick (Wesleyan); PHI: Andy Reid (BYU)
MVP: New England WR Deion Branch (Louisville) – 11 catches for 133 yards
How it played out: The Patriots broke a 14-14 tie early in the fourth on a 2-yard touchdown run by Corey Dillon (Washington) and a 22-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri (South Dakota State). Donovan McNabb (Syracuse) connected with Greg Lewis (Illinois) for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:48left, then was intercepted by Rodney Harrison (Western Illinois) with nine seconds remaining. Philly turned the ball over four times.
Did you know: Asante Samuel (UCF) started at cornerback in his second season with the Patriots. … DeLand High alum Tra Thomas (Florida State) started at left tackle for the Eagles. Thomas finished his career by playing one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009. … Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel (Ohio State) caught a touchdown pass in back-to-back Super Bowls. … New England became the seventh franchise to win consecutive Super Bowls (Pittsburgh did it twice) and the second to win three in four years. … New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) left after the season to become head coach of the Fighting Irish and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel (Western Kentucky) left to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns. … Reid took over as head coach of the Eagles in 1999 and lost three straight NFC title games from 2001-03 before reaching the Super Bowl. The Eagles got close again in 2008 before Reid was replaced following the 2012 season. … Brad Childress (Eastern Illinois) was offensive coordinator of the Eagles before becoming head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. … Pat Shurmer (Michigan State) coached quarterbacks in Philadelphia through the 2008 season then became offensive coordinator in 2013 after coaching the Browns from 2011-12. … Paul McCartney performed at halftime.
Stats: NE: Tom Brady (Michigan) finished 23 of 33 passing for 236 yards and two touchdowns, one to Vrabel and another to David Givins (Notre Dame). … Dillon rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. … Harrison intercepted two passes and recorded a sack. … Tedy Bruschi (Arizona) intercepted a pass and had a sack.
PHI: McNabb finished 30 of 51 passing for 357 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. … Lewis caught four passes for 53 yard and a score. … Terrell Owens (Tennessee-Chattanooga) caught nine passes for 122 yards. … Brian Westbrook (Villanova) rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. … Todd Pinkston (Southern Miss) caught four passes for 82 yards. … L.J. Smith (Rutgers) caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
How they got there: New England (14-2) won 41-27 at Pittsburgh Steelers (15-1); Philadelphia (13-3) won 27-10 vs. Atlanta Falcons (11-5).
•SUPER BOWL XL
Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
Feb. 5, 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit
Coaches: PIT: Bill Cowher (North Carolina State); SEA: Mike Holmgren (USC)
MVP: Pittsburgh WR Hines Ward (Georgia) – 5 catches for 123 yards, TD
How it played out: Willie Parker (North Carolina) opened the second half with a Super Bowl-record touchdown run of 75 yards to give Pittsburgh a 14-3 lead. Antwaan Randle El (Indiana) threw a 43-yard touchdown to Ward in the fourth quarter.
Did you know: Lake Highland Prep's Max Starks (Florida) started at right guard for the Steelers in his second NFL season. … Detroit native Jerome Bettis (Notre Dame) rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries as the reserve running back in his final NFL game. Bettis began his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993 and spent just one season with the Rams in St. Louis before joining the Steelers in 1996. … Parker finished with 93 yards rushing on 10 carries. … Randle El caught three passes for 22 yards. He played the next four years with the Washington Redskins before finishing his career with the Steelers in 2010. … Cowher coached just one more season before retiring after 15 years with the Steelers. … Ken Whisenhunt (Georgia Tech) served as offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh. He took over as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals two years later. … Dick LeBeau (Ohio State) returned to defensive coordinator duties with the Steelers in 2004 after coaching with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1997-02 and Buffalo Bills in 2003. … Current Cardinals coach Bruce Arians (Virginia Tech) was an assistant with Pittsburgh from 2004-11. … Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Ray Rhodes (Tulsa) was in his final year as defensive coordinator for the Seahawks. … Former Seattle QB Jim Zorn (Cal Poly) coached quarterbacks for the Seahawks from 2001-07. … Pittsburgh tied the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with their fifth Super Bowl win. … The Rolling Stones performed at halftime.
Stats: PIT: Ben Roethlisberger (Miami Ohio) finished 9 of 21 passing for 123 yards and two interceptions. He also rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. … Ike Taylor (Louisiana-Lafayette) intercepted a pass. … Clark Haggans (Colorado State), Casey Hampton (Texas) and Deshea Townsend (Alabama) each recorded sacks.
SEA: Matt Hasselbeck (Boston College) finished 26 of 49 passing for 273 yards with a touchdown to Jerramy Stevens (Washington) and an interception. He also rushed three times for 35 yards. … Shaun Alexander (Alabama) rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries. … Joe Jurevicius (Penn State) caught five passes for 93 yards. … Bobby Engram (Penn State) finished with six catches for 70 yards. … Darrell Jackson (Florida) caught five passes for 50 yards. … Michael Boulware (Florida State) and Kelly Herndon (Toledo) intercepted passes.
How they got there: Pittsburgh (11-5) won 34-17 at Denver Broncos (13-3); Seattle (13-3) won 34-14 vs. Carolina Panthers (11-5).