Super Bowl XXXI
Louisiana Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers
Sunday January 26, 1997
Quarter 1 2 3 4 - F
New England Patriots 14 0 7 0 - 21
Green Bay Packers 10 17 8 0 - 35
Quarter One: The Starting Quarterbacks were Drew Bledsoe for New England and Brett Favre for the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots would win the coin toss and receive the ball first. The first play of Super Bowl XXXI was Drew Bledsoe handing off the Running Back Curtis Martin who would be stopped for no gain. Later, Bledsoe would connect with receiver Shawn Jefferson for a gain of 15 yards. Green Bay’s first possession would be capped off by Brett Favre connecting with Andre Rison resulting in a 54 yard touch down pass. With Chris Jacke’s extra point, the score was (7-0) Green Bay. Later, Bledsoe would be intercepted by Doug Evans giving the ball to Green Bay on the New England 28 yard line. Later, Favre would be sacked causing a loss of -10 yards on the play. Favre would then connect with Dorsey Levens for a gain of 19 yards. The drive resulting from the turn over would be capped off by Chris Jacke hitting a 37 yard field goal giving Green Bay a (10-0) lead. Later, Drew Bledsoe would hit Keith Byars with a 33 yard pass play putting the ball on the Green Bay 47 yard line. Bledsoe then hit Martin for a nice gain of 17 yards pushing the line of scrimmage to the Green Bay 30 yard line. Bledsoe would then target Jefferson in the end zone from 30 yards out, but there would be a pass interference call putting the Pats on the Packer 1 yard line. Bledsoe then hit Keith Byars in the end zone from 1 yard out and with Adam Vinatieri’s extra point, the score was now (10-7) Packers on a drive that went for 7 plays, 79 yards and took off 2:07 off the clock. Later, Bledsoe would connect with Martin for a gain of 7 yards landing the Patriots on their own 49 yard line. Bledsoe then connected with Terry Glenn with a nice 46 yard bomb landing the Patriots on the Green Bay 5 yard line. Bledsoe capped off the drive by hitting Ben Coates in the end zone from 5 yards out with the touch down pass. Adam Vinatieri’s extra point now made the score (14-10) Patriots. Later, Favre would hit Levens with a 5 yard gain. The drive would end on a Brett Favre sack by Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi causing a loss of -10 yards on the play forcing the Packers to punt.
Quarter Two: Brett Favre would open the quarter by hitting receiver Antonio Freeman with an 81 yard touch down pass and with Chris Jacke’s extra point, the score was now (17-14) Green Bay. Later, Bledsoe would hit Glenn for a gain of 9 yards. The drive would ultimately be ended by a Sack of Drew Bledsoe by Leroy Butler forcing them to punt. Favre would hit Andre Rison with a 10 yard gain pushing the Green Bay offense down to the Patriot 23 yard line. Dorsey Levens then would rush for 11 yards and get the ball down to the New England 12 yard line. Chris Jacke would cap off the drive by nailing a field goal from 31 yards out making the score (20-14) Green Bay. Later, Bledsoe would hit Ben Coates with a nice pass play resulting in a gain of 20 yards. The drive would end on a Drew Bledsoe interception by Mike Prior giving the Packers the ball back on their own 26 yard line. Favre would hit receiver Keith Jackson for an 11 yard gain. Favre then would hit Antonio Freeman with a pass play resulting in a gain of 21 yards pushing the Packer offense down to the New England 34 yard line. Dorsey Levens would then rush the ball for a 9 yard gain forcing the line of scrimmage down to the Patriot 25 yard line. Levens would then rush for gains of 9 and 8 yards getting the ball down to the Patriots 2 yard line. He would cap off the drive by running the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out for the touch down. Chris Jacke’s extra point now made the score (27-14) Green Bay causing some concern on the Patriots side line. Later, Bledsoe would hit Ben Coates with a nice gain of 15 yards. He would then hit Terry Glenn with a pass completion for a gain of 10 yards. Bledsoe would later hit receiver Vincent Brisby with a pass play resulting in a gain of 7 yards. The Patriots would go for it on a 4th & 3 situation but the pass from Bledsoe to Coates would fall incomplete giving the Packers the ball back. Later, Favre would be sacked for a loss of -10 yards on the play. The Packers would just run out the clock to end the half with the score (27-14) Packers.
Quarter Three: The Packers would get the ball first to open the half. Favre would complete a pass to Dimora for a gain of 8 yards. Favre would then hit Henderson for a gain of 6 yards to keep the chains moving. The Green Bay Packers would go for it on a 4th & inches but Favre would hand the ball off to Levens and he would be stopped cold by Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson turning possession over to the Patriots. Bledsoe would later hit Shawn Jefferson for a gain of 9 yards. Later, Brett Favre would be sacked by Otis Smith causing a loss of -7 on the play. Later, Curtis Martin would run for a gain of 5 yards. Bledsoe would then hit Ben Coates for a gain of 15 yards. Bledsoe then hit Jefferson for a 9 yard pass play completion. Curtis Martin would rush the ball 11 yards getting the line of scrimmage down to the Green Bay 18 yard line. Curtis Martin then capped off the drive by rushing the ball into the end zone from 18 yards out for the touch down and with Adam Vinatieri’s extra point, the score was now (27-21) Green Bay. The momentum would be short lived as on the following kick off, Desmond Howard would run the ball back 99 yards for the touch down score creating a record for the longest kick off return in Super Bowl history making the score (33-21) Green Bay. The Packers would go for the two point conversion and get it on a pass play making the score (35-21) Green Bay. Later, Bledsoe would connect with Byars for a 5 yard gain. Bledsoe would be sacked by Reggie White causing a loss of -5 yards on the play. On the very next play, Bledsoe would again be sacked by White forcing the Patriots to punt. Later, it would be Brett Favre running 10 yards to pick up the first down as the quarter came to a close.
Quarter Four: Bennet would rush for a gain of 10 yards as Green Bay attempted to take as much time off the clock as possible. Later, Bledsoe would hit Ben Coates for 4 yards. The drive would end on a Drew Bledsoe interception by Newsome turning the ball over to the Packers on their own 31 yard line. Dorsey Levens would rush for 13 yards and get the ball down to the Patriot 35 yard line. Chris Jacke would cap off the drive by missing a 47 yard field goal giving the Patriots the ball on their own 32 yard line. Bledsoe would hit Dave Meggett for a gain of 6 yards. Bledsoe would have the drive end as he would be sacked forcing the Pats to punt. Later, Brett Favre would be sacked by Tedy Bruschi. Later, Bledsoe would again be sacked by Reggie White damaging what could have been a potentially good drive. Later, Bledsoe would connect with Vincent Brisby for a gain of 15 yards. The Patriots day would end on a Drew Bledsoe pass that was bobbled by Vincent Brisby and intercepted by Williams giving the ball back to the Packers. With :49 left on the clock, Brett Favre took a knee to run it out and end Super Bowl XXXI preserving the (35-21) victory.
Game report written by Jerry Bourget for www.jerryspatspage.com