Super Bowl XXXVIII

Reliant Stadium, Huston Texas

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers

Sunday February 1, 2004

 

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Quarter††† 1††††† 2††††† 3††††† 4††††† -†††† F

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† New England Patriots†††† 0††††† 14††† 0†††† 18††††† -†††† 32

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carolina Panthers†††††††††† 0††††† 10††† 0†††† 19††††† -††††† 29

 

 

Quarter One: The starting quarterbacks were Tom Brady for the Patriots and Jake Delhomme for the Carolina Panthers.†† The Panthers would win the coin toss and receive the ball first.† On the first play of Super Bowl XXXVIII it would be Panther Running Back Stephen Davis rushing for a gain of 1 yard.† Stephen Davis would rush for 5 more yards but the Panthers would ultimately have to punt on their opening possession.† On the kickoff, Troy Brown would run the ball back 28 yards to get to the Panther 47 yard line.† On the Patriots first play of Super Bowl XXXVIII Tom Brady would find Deon Branch for a gain of 16 yards to get to the Carolina 31 yard line.† Kevin Faulk would then rush for a 5 yard gain to get to the Panther 26 yard line.† Tom Brady would then find Troy Brown with a pass play completion of 13 yards to get to the Panther 14 yard line.† A Tom Brady False Start Penalty would back the Patriots up -5 yards to the Carolina 19 yard line.† Adam Vinatieri would cap off the drive by missing a 36 yard field goal wide right and the Panthers would get the ball on their own 31 yard line.† The next Panther drive would end after Jake Delhomme would be sacked by Mike Vrabel causing a loss of -8 yards on the play forcing Carolina to punt.† Later, Tom Brady would find Deon Branch for a gain of 6 yards but the Patriots would also have to punt on their second possession.† Later, Antowain Smith would rush for a gain of 7 yards to get to the Panther 42 yard line.† A Tom Brady quick out to Deon Branch would result in a gain of 9 yards and a first down on the Panther 33 yard line.† After a loss of yardage on an end around to Troy Brown, Tom Brady would find Deon Branch for a gain of 6 yards to get to the 32.† Then Antowain Smith would rush for a gain of 9 yards to get to the Panther 23. 

Quarter Two: The Patriots would be on the Panther 23 yard line but penalties would force the Patriots back out of field goal range and they would be forced to punt.† On the next Panther possession, the drive would end as Jake Delhomme would be sacked by Willie McGinest causing a loss of -10 yards on the play forcing the Panthers to punt.† Later, Antowain Smith would rush for a gain of 6 yards to get to the 44 yard line.† Kevin Faulk would then rush 9 yards to get to the Carolina 47 yard line.† Tom Brady would then find Troy Brown for a gain of 10 yards but the ball would be placed just inches short of the first down.† Later, facing a 4th and inches situation, the Patriots would bring in Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour for the play.† The Patriots would convert as Antowain Smith would just get enough to get the first down.† Tom Brady then found tight end Daniel Graham for a gain of 3 yards to get to the Panthers 34 yard line.† Antowain Smith would later rush for 9 yards to get down to the Carolina 20 yard line.† The drive would end as Adam Vinatieri would miss another field goal.† This one from 36 yards out and it would be blocked by the Panther special teamís squad.† The next Carolina possession would end deep in their† own territory as Jake Delhomme would be sacked by Mike Vrabel and loose the ball.† It would be recovered by Richard Seymour and the Patriots would get the ball on Carolinaís 20 yard line.† Tom Brady would rush himself for a gain of 12 yards to get to the Panther 5 yard line.† Tom Brady would cap off the 20 yard drive by finding Deon Branch in the end zone from 5 yards out for the touch down and with Adam Vinatieriís extra point the score was (7-0) New England.† The Panthers would be starting deep in their own territory at the 5 yard line.† Running back Stephen Davis would rush for a gain of 5 yards to get out to the 10 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would then find Ricky Proehl for a gain of 13 yards getting out to the 23 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would then find Muhammad for a gain of 23 yards getting out to the 45 yard line.† Jake Delhomme then found Ricky Proehl for a gain of 17 yards to get to the Patriots 38 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would cap off the 8 play 95 yard 1:58 drive by hitting Steve Smith with a 38 yard touch down pass and with John Kasayís extra point the score was now tied at (7-7).† On their own 22 yard line, Tom Brady would find David Givens for a gain of 12 yards getting out to the 34 yard line.† Tom Brady would then unload a bomb to Deon Branch that would result in a pass play completion of 52 yards and would land the Patriots offense on the Panthers 14 yard line.† Tom Brady would then find David Givens for a gain of 9 yards to get to the Carolina 5 yard line.† Tom Brady would cap off the 6 play 78 yard :49 drive by finding David Givens in the end zone from 5 yards out for the touch down and with Adam Vinatieriís extra point the score was now (14-7) New England.† A squib kick would give the Panthers excellent field position.† Stephen Davis would run for a gain of 21 yards and get to the Patriots 32 yard line.† John Kasay would cap off the drive by kicking a 50 yard field goal making the score (14-10) as time expired ending the first half.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

Quarter Three:†† The Patriots would get the ball to open the half.† Tom Brady would find Kevin Faulk for a gain of 5 yards but it would not be enough and the Patriots would have to punt on their opening possession.† Jake Delhomme would find former Patriot Jermaine Wiggins for a gain of 16 yards getting to the Patriots 46 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would find Jermaine Wiggings again, this time for a gain of 6 yards to get to the New England 40 yard line.† Later, Tom Brady would find Troy Brown for a gain of 5 yards to get out to the 15 yard line.† Tom Brady then found Kevin Faulk for a gain of 7 yards to get to the 22 yard line.† The Patriots would be forced to punt eventually.† Later, Stephan Davis would rush for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 16 yard line getting out of a hole.† The drive would end as Jake Delhomme would be sacked by Rodney Harrison forcing the Panthers to punt.† Later, Tom Brady would find Deon Branch for a gain of 15 yards to get to the 44 yard line.† Antowain Smith would then rush for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 45 of the Panthers.† Antowain Smith would rush for 5 more yards to get to the Carolina 40 yard line.† Tom Brady would hook up with Deon Branch for a gain of 8 yards getting to the Carolina 32 yard line.† A holding penalty on Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi would push the Patriots back -10 yards to the Carolina 42 yard line.† Tom Brady would later find tight end Daniel Graham for a gain of 33 yards to get to the Panthers 9 yard line.† Antowain Smith would then rush for 4 yards to get to the Carolina 5 yard line as the quarter came to a close.†  

Quarter Four:† A holding on Greg Favors would bring the Patriots to the Panther 2 yard line.† Antowain Smith would cap off the 8 play 71 yard 4:04 drive by running into the end zone for the touch down from 2 yards out.† Adam Vinatieriís extra point made the score (21-10) Patriots.† Later, Jake Delhomme would find Mohammad for a gain of 13 yards getting to the 31 yard line.† Delhomme would then find Steve Smith for a 20 yard gain getting to the 45 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would then find Steve Smith for 22 more yards and the Panther offense would get down to the Patriots 37 yard line.† It would be DeShawn Foster capping off the drive as he would break a tackle and rush 32 yards into the end zone for the touch down.† The Panthers would line up and go for a 2 point conversion but would be unsuccessful making the score (21-16) Patriots.† Later, Tom Brady would find Deon Branch for a gain of 19 yards getting to the 41 yard line.† Tom Brady then found Troy Brown for a gain of 11 yards getting to the Panthers 48 yard line.† Antowain Smith would then rush for a gain of 7 yards to get to the Carolina 41 yard line.† Tom Brady then found Daniel Graham for a gain of 6 yards to get to the Carolina 33 yard line.† Kevin Faulk would then break a tackle and rush for a gain of 23 yards to get down to the Carolina 10 yard line.† The Drive would end in the end zone as Tom Brady would be intercepted by Reggie Howard who would run it back to the 10 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would then find Ricky Proehl for a gain of 5 yards to get out to the 15 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would then cap off the 3 play 90 yard :45 drive by hitting Muhammad with an 85 yard touch down bomb.† The Panthers would line up and go for the 2 point conversion again and would be unsuccessful again making the score (22-21) Carolina.† Later, Tom Brady would find Kevin Faulk for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 43 yard line.† Tom Brady then found Troy Brown for 7 yards to get to the 50 yard line.† Tom Brady then found David Givens for a gain of 24 yards to get down to the Carolina 23 yard line.† Brady would later hit David Givens again for a nice gain, this time for 19 yards to get to the Carolina 3 yard line.† Tom Brady would cap off the 11 play 68 yard 4:02 drive by finding Mike Vrabel in the end zone for the touch down from 3 yards out.† This time it would be the Patriots lining up for a 2 point conversion and they would get it on a direct snap to Kevin Faulk who would run the ball in from 2 yards out making the score (29-21) New England.† Later, DeShawn Foster would rush for a gain of 9 yards to get out to the 28 yard line.† Foster would rush for another 10 yards after that.† Later, Jake Delhomme would find Muhammad for a gain of 19 yards to get to the 45 yard line of New England.† Jake Delhomme would then find Ricky Proehl for a gain of 30 yards pushing down to the Patriot 15 yard line.† Jake Delhomme would cap off the 7 play 80 yard 1:43 drive by throwing a touch down pass to Ricky Proehl from 12 yards out and with John Kasayís extra point the score was now tied at (29-29).† The following kick off was a bad one from John Kasay and would go out of bounds giving the Patriots the ball on their own 40 yard line.† Tom Brady would find Troy Brown with a gain of 13 yards to get to the Carolina 48 yard line.† Tom Brady would later find Troy Brown for a gain of 13 yards to get to the 45 yard line of Carolina.† Tom Brady then hit Daniel Graham with a pass play completion resulting in a gain of 5 yards to get to the Carolina 40 yard line.† Tom Brady then would find Deon Branch for a gain of 19 yards to get down to the Carolina 21 yard line.† With :09 left in the game, Adam Vinatieri would cap off the drive by kicking a 41 yard field goal making the score (32-29) Patriots.† The Patriots would kick the ball off with :04 left on the clock but the coverage was good and the time would expire preserving the Patriots (32-29) victory and their second world championship in three years.

Game report written by Jerry Bourget for www.jerryspatspage.com