Super Bowl XXXVI

The Louisiana Super Dome, New Orleans Louisiana

New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams

Sunday February 3, 2002

 

 

 

                                                                Quarter    1      2      3      4      -      F

 

                                        New England Patriots     0      14    3      3       -     20

                                        St Louis Rams                 3        0     0    14      -      17

 

 

Quarter One: The starting quarterbacks were Tom Brady for the Patriots and Kurt Warner for the St. Louis Rams.   The Rams would win the coin toss and receive the ball first.  Kurt Warner would find Tori Holt for 18 yards to get to the New England 43 yard line.  The drive would stall on an Ernie Conwell holding penalty that would result in a loss of -10 yards and the Rams would be forced to punt on their opening possession.  The Patriots would start their first possession on their own 3 yard line.  Brady would find Troy Brown for a gain of 19 yards to get out to the 22 yard line.  Antoine Smith would then rush for 9 yards getting out to the 34 yard line.  Tom Brady would again find Troy Brown for a 9 yard gain to get out to the 43.  The Patriots would have to punt on their first possession, but they did manage to get out of the early hole they were in.  Later, Kurt Warner would find Tori Holt for an 8 yard gain to get to the 28 yard line.  Warner would then find Isaac Bruce for a gain of 3 yards pushing out to the Ram 33 yard line.  A holding penalty on Terrell Buckley would result in a 10 yard gain for the Rams and they would get to the 47 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then hit Marshal Faulk with a pass resulting in a gain of 14 yards landing the Rams on the Patriots 41 yard line.  Warner would then find James Hodgins for a gain of 7 yards and the Rams would get to the New England 34 yard line.  Jeff Wilkins would cap off the 10 play 48 yard 5:05 drive by kicking a 50 yard field goal and the score would be (3-0) Rams.  Antoine Smith would rush for a 5 yard gain getting to the 24 yard line.  Later, Marshal Faulk would rush for a gain of 6 yards getting to the 24 yard line.  Faulk would rush for another 6 yards and would get the first down.  However on the next play, Kurt Warner would be sacked by Bobby Hamilton causing a loss of -5 on the play as the quarter came to a close.

 

Quarter Two: The drive would continue as Kurt Warner would find Oz Hakim for a gain of 28 yards and the Rams would get down to the New England 39 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then add 5 yards more as he would run to the Patriots 34 yard line.  The drive would end as Jeff Wilkins field goal attempt would fall short of the goal posts and the Patriots would get the ball on their own 42 yard line.  Antoine Smith would rush for 6 yards to get to the 48 yard line.  The drive would continue as a holding penalty on Herring would push the Patriots down to the St. Louis 45 yard line.  But a holding penalty on Mike Compton for a loss of -10 yards would push the Patriots back to their own 44 yard line.  Antoine Smith would rush for 5 yards to get to the 49 yard line.  But the Patriots would have to punt.  Later, Marshal Faulk would rush for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 24 yard line.  He would then break a tackle and gain 15 yards on a rush to get to the 39 yard line.  Kurt Warner’s drive would end as he would be intercepted by Patriots Corner Ty Law who would run it back 49 yards into the end zone for the touch down and with Adam Vinatieri’s extra point the score was now (7-3) New England.  Later, Kurt Warner would fumble the snap but still recover and have time to find Tori Holt for a gain of 10 yards.  Warner would then find Oz Hakim for a gain of 10 yards to get out to the 50 yard line.  Later, Antoine Smith would gain 11 yards to get to the 26 yard line.  Tom Brady would then find Marc Edwards for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 31 yard line.  Antoine Smith would rush 5 yards but the ball would be marked just short of the first down.  But Marc Edwards would come in and pick up the inches needed to get the first down and keep the drive alive.  The drive would end as Tom Brady would be sacked by Leonard Little causing a loss of -4 yards on the play and the Patriots would be forced to punt.  Later, Kurt Warner would find Oz Hakim for a gain of 5 yards to get to the 20 yard line.  Later in the drive, Ricky Prohel would have the ball knocked loose and it would be recovered by Terrell Buckley and the Patriots would get the ball on the St. Louis 40 yard line.  Tom Brady would then find Troy Brown for a gain of 16 yards to get to the St. Louis 24 yard line.  Brady would then find tight end Germaine Wiggins for a gain of 8 yards and the Patriots would get to the St. Louis 16 yard line.  Kevin Faulk would then run 8 yards to push the offense down to the Rams 8 yard line.  Tom Brady would cap off the 40 yard drive by finding David Patten on the corner of the end zone for the touch down and with Adam Vinatieri’s extra point the score was now (14-3) New England.  On the following kick off, returner Marshal Faulk would step out of bounds at the 6 yard line.  With :31 left in the half, Kurt Warner would take a knee to run out the clock and end the half.

 

Quarter Three:   The Patriots would get the ball to open the half.  Antoine Smith would run for a gain of 8 yards to get to the 40 yard line.  Antoine Smith would then rush for a gain of 10 yards to get the ball down to the St. Louis 47 yard line.  Tom Brady would then find Troy Brown with a pass play completion resulting in a gain of 7 yards.  The Patriots would ultimately have to punt on their opening possession.  Later, a holding penalty by Ernie Conwell on the punt would push the Rams back to their own 8 yard line.  Kurt Warner would get them out to the 26 yard line as he would find Oz Hakim with a pass completion of 18 yards.  Warner would then find Isaac Bruce for a gain of 24 yards to get to the 48 yard line.  Otis Smith would keep the Ram drive alive by being flagged for pass interference giving the Rams another first down.  But the Rams drive would end as Kurt Warner would be sacked by Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel causing a loss of -7 on the play and the Rams would also have to punt on their opening possession.  Later, Antoine Smith would rush for 10 yards and a first down.  Tom Brady would then find David Patten for 9 yards as the Patriots would get to the Rams 42 yard line.  Antoine Smith would rush for 5 yards to get to the Rams 37 yard line.  But the Patriots would eventually have to punt.  Later, Marshal Faulk would rush for gains of 12, 6 and 12 yards to get the Rams high powered offense out to the 50 yard line.  Kurt Warner then would find Tori Holt for 5 yards to land on the New England 45 yard line.  The drive would end as Kurt Warner would be intercepted by Otis Smith who would run the ball back and the Patriots would get the ball on the St. Louis 33 yard line.  Tom Brady would find Troy Brown for a gain of 10 yards to get to the Rams 23 yard line.  Later, a direct snap to Kevin Faulk would see him rush for a gain of 6 yards to get to the Rams 20 yard line.  Adam Vinatieri would cap off the drive by kicking a 37 yard field goal making the score (17-3) New England.  Later, Kurt Warner would find Isaac Bruce for a gain of 15 yards to get to the 38 yard line.  Warner would then find Marshal Faulk for a gain of 7 yards to get to the 45 yard line as the quarter came to a close.

 

Quarter Four:  Kurt Warner would find Oz Hakim for a gain of 9 yards to get to the Patriots 46 yard line.  A pass by Warner to Hodgins for 13 yards would find the Rams on the Patriots 31 yard line.  A perfect Pass to Marshal Faulk by Kurt Warner would result in a play resulting in a gain of 22 yards and land the Rams on the New England 9 yard line.  Warner would then find Jeff Robinson for a gain of 6 yards landing the Rams on the Patriots 3 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then loose the ball and it would be recovered by Tebucky Jones who would run it back 97 yards into the end zone for the score.  The play however would not count as Willie McGinnest would be flagged for holding Marshal Faulk and the Rams would get a fresh set of downs on the Patriots 2 yard line.  Kurt Warner would cap off the drive by rushing 2 yards into the end zone for the touch down and with Jeff Wilkins extra point the score was now (17-10) New England.  Later, Antoine Smith would rush for a gain of 6 yards.  The gain was not enough and the Patriots would go three and out and be forced to punt.  The Rams would get the ball back on their own 7 yard line.  Kurt Warner would start by hitting Tori Holt for a gain of 7 yards to get to the 14 yard line.  Another pass completion by Warner, this time to Isaac Bruce for a gain of 4 yards pushed them out to the 18 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then find Ricky Proehl for a gain of 30 yards to get to the 48 yard line.  Warner then found Jeff Robinson for a gain of 9 yards to get to the New England 39 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then be sacked by Patriots line backer Willie McGinnest causing a loss of -15  on the play.  Facing a 4th & 20 situation, the Rams were forced to punt.  Tom Brady would find Antoine Smith for a gain of 4 yards to get out to the 22 yard line, but the Patriots would go three and out and be forced to punt the ball.  A combination of a penalty and a bad punt would give the Rams the ball on their own 45 yard line.  Kurt Warner would then find Oz Hakim for a gain of 18 yards to get to the New England 37 yard line.  Warner then would find Yo Murphy for a gain of 11 yards to get to the Patriots 26 yard line.  Kurt Warner would cap off the 55 yard drive by throwing a 26 yard touch down pass to Ricky Proehl and with Jeff Wilkins extra point the game would be tied at (17-17).  With 1:21 left on the game clock and with no time outs left the Patriots would get the ball on their own 17 yard line.  Tom Brady would find J. R. Redman for a gain of 4 yards to get to the 21 yard line.  Brady would find Redman again, this time for a gain of 3 yards to get to the 24 yard line.  Brady would find J. R. Redman again for a gain of 17 yards and the Patriots would get to the 41 yard line.  Tom Brady would find Troy Brown for a gain of 5 yards to get to the St. Louis 36 yard line.  Tom Brady would spike the ball with :07 left in regulation to stop the clock.  Adam Vinatieri would cap off the drive and the game by kicking a 48 yard field goal as time expired making the score (20-17) New England giving the Patriots their first ever world title in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

 

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