On This Date In History: Super Bowl XXXI

On January 26, 1997, in the Louisiana Superdome, the Packers and the Patriots faced off in Super Bowl XXXI.  The fans barely had time to take a sip of their first beer before the Packers were on the board.  On the second play from scrimmage Brett Favre hit Andre Rison for a 54 yard td.  Packers took the early lead, 7 - 0.

The Patriots got the ball for the first time but they quickly give it back to the Pack on a Doug Evans interception of a Drew Bledsoe pass.  Kicker Chris Jacke hit from the 37 and the green and gold went up 10 - 0.

New England decided to get things going as they scored on their next two possessions.  First Bledsoe found Keith Byars for a 1 yard td pass, then connected with Ben Coates on a 4 yard td pass.  The Patriots took their first lead, 14 - 10.  The first quarter ended with that score, which turned out to be the most combined points ever scored in the first quarter of a Super Bowl.

The Packers #4 didn't let that lead last very long as he tossed an 81 yard bomb to Antonio Freeman with only 56 seconds gone in the second quarter.  Jacke kicks another field goal on the next possession and the Packers are back on top 20 - 14.

The Patriots continued to struggle in the second and after Bledsoe threw another interception Favre took over and led the Pack on a long, clock eating drive. The end result was another seven points as Favre took it in himself from the 2 yard line.  Packers up 27 - 14.

Curtis Martin got the Patriots back in the game towards the end of the third on a 18 yard td run and the Patriots were only down six, 27 - 21.

Any momentum that the Patriots may have had after that Martin td was destroyed on the ensuing play.  Desmond Howard, the eventual game MVP, took the Adam Vinatieri kick and ran it back for a memorable 99 yard td.  Mark Chmura and Brett Favre hooked up on the 2 point conversion and Packers never looked back.  Final score Packers 35 - Patriots 21.

Watch the video below to see some of the key plays of the Packers third Super Bowl win.


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