Super Bowl XXXI

Date: January 26, 1997

Venue: Louisiana Superdome (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Attendance: 72,301

Result: Green Bay Packers def. New England Patriots, 35–21

MVP: Desmond Howard (KR-PR, Green Bay)

Recap: After 29 years, the Green Bay Packers were back in the championship game appearing in Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots. The Patriots led the Packers, 14-to-10 after the opening quarter. The Packers quickly responded very early in the 2nd quarter as quarterback Brett Favre connected with wide receiver Antonio Freeman for an 81-yard touchdown—2nd longest in Super Bowl History. Packers continued the onslaught with a field goal and another TD to end the half carrying a 27-to-10 lead at halftime.
The Patriots opened the scoring in the third but immediately the Packers took it back when kick/punt returner Desmond Howard returned a kickoff for 99 yards and a TD—it still stands as the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history. Green Bay held on to the 35-to-21 victory and Howard was named the Super Bowl XXXI MVP and was the first special teams player to win the award.

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