Super Bowl XXXVIII

Date: February 1, 2004

Venue: Reliant Stadium (Houston, Texas)

Attendance: 71,525

Result: New England Patriots def. Carolina Panthers, 32–29

MVP: Tom Brady (QB, New England)

Recap: The last time they were in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots needed a late field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri for their first NFL championship. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, they relied on a Vinatieri kick once again to beat the Carolina Panthers, 32-29.


After a scoreless opening quarter, both teams found their offense in the second as the Patriots led 14-10 at the half. It was another scoreless quarter in the third before the nip-and-tuck deciding quarter. The game tied at 29-all, game clock with just over a minute to go and starting at their own-40, New England quarterback Tom Brady marched the Patriots to the Carolina-40 to set-up the game-winning 41-yard field goal from Vinatieri. Brady, like two years before, was named the Super Bowl XXXVIII MVP finishing with 354 yards on 32-of-48 passes with 3 touchdowns and an interception. New England wide receiver Deion Branch had 143 yards on 32 carries with 1 TD.

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