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The Patriots established their football dynasty in the early 2000s with their third Super Bowl championship in four years and their second straight with a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots had played a 3-4 defensive front the entire season, but unveiled a 4-3 for the Super Bowl and rushed five defenders throughout the game to confine Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb within the pocket. The purpose was to limit his ability to escape and run while making him throw from within tight space. But the Eagles scored first in the second quarter on a nine-play, 81-yard drive and a 7-0 lead. New England tied it on a Tom Brady-to-David Givens 4-yard TD pass with 1:10 left in the half and then took a 14-7 lead on the second half's opening possession via a 2-yard TD pass to Mike Vrabel. The Eagles tied it on a 10-yard McNabb-to-Brian Westbrook scoring pass heading to the fourth quarter. New England answered with a nine-play, 66-yard scoring drive that Corey Dillon finished with a 2-yard TD run. The Patriots extended that lead to 10 on an Adam Vinatieri 22-yard field goal with 8:40 left. It was still a 10-point lead when Philly took over on its own 21 with 5:40 to go. But the Eagles showed no urgency and did not even run their hurry-up offense. So while they eventually scored to make it 24-21, the Eagles consumed 3:42 to do so and gave the ball back to the Patriots with 1:48 left. New England was able to get the clock down to 55 seconds before punting it to the Eagles 4-yard line. Three plays later, Rodney Harrison intercepted McNabb to clinch the win. Branch's record-tying 11 receptions for 133 yards earned him MVP honors.

Super Bowl XXXVIII


Patriots 32
Panthers 29
February 1, 2004
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Super Bowl XLVI


Giants 21
Patriots 17
February 5, 2012
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

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Super Bowl XLVI got off to an inauspicious start for the Patriots. After forcing a Giants punt on the game's opening possession, it took one New England snap from scrimmage to fall behind. Quarterback Tom Brady threw a pass deep down the middle of the field from his own end zone, but there was no Patriots receiver in the area and Brady was flagged for intentional grounding, which gave the Giants a 2-0 lead. New York then took the ensuing free kick and went 78 yards in nine plays for a touchdown and a 9-0 lead. Stephen Gostkowski put New England on the board early in the second quarter with a 29-yard field goal and quarterback Tom Brady connected with Danny Woodhead for a 4-yard touchdown and a 10-9 lead with eight seconds left in the half. The Patriots extended that lead to 17-9 on the second half's opening possession with an eight-play, 79-yard touchdown drive. Two Giants field goals made it 17-15 entering the fourth. That set the stage for a dramatic finish. The Patriots had a second-and-11 from the Giants 44 with 4:06 to go when Brady fired deep down the seam to Wes Welker, who failed to come down with the catch that would have put New England inside the Giants 20 with New York sitting on only one timeout. Two plays later, the Patriots punted and the Giants took over on their 12. That's when Eli Manning connected with Mario Manningham on a terrific throw and an outstanding catch along the sideline for a 38-yard gain to midfield. From there, the Giants drove to the go-ahead touchdown with 57 seconds left and when Brady's Hail Mary fell to the turf, the Giants were Super Bowl champs. Manning completed 30-of-40 passes for 296 yards with one touchdown to earn MVP honors.

Super Bowl XLII


Giants 17
Patriots 14
February 3, 2008
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

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This is the game that will live in Patriots infamy. New England entered Super Bowl XLII an undefeated 18-0 with a record-setting offense coming off a regular season during which Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes. The Patriots led 7-3 one play into the second quarter when the Giants pass rush became a major factor. With 8:35 left in the half, the Patriots took over on their own 30 and three plays and two sacks later, punted from their own 16. That series set a tone as the Giants pressured Brady with a four-man rush throughout the remainder of the game, sacking him five times, hitting him nine more times and rushing him throughout. Brady finished 29-for-48 for 266 yards and a touchdown, but he could not get the offense into the groove it enjoyed throughout the season. The score remained 7-3 entering the fourth quarter, but the Giants needed just six plays to drive 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 11:05 left. New England took a late lead with a Brady-to-Randy Moss 6-yard touchdown with 2:45 remaining. Then it came down to which team would make the clutch play, which the Giants did and the Patriots did not. First, New York converted a fourth-and-one with 1:34 to go to preserve their chance. Then Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel could not come down with a game-clinching interception on an errant, ill-advised Eli Manning throw. The play of the game, however, came when Manning escaped what looked to be a sure sack and just lofted the ball downfield, where little-used receiver David Tyree made a miraculous one-handed, 32-yard catch, pinning the ball to his helmet as Rodney Harrison took him to the ground. The Giants then converted a third-and-11 play before Manning hit Plaxico Burress for a 13-yard, game-winning touchdown and a crushing defeat for the Patriots. Manning's impressive game-winning drive earned him the MVP award.

Super Bowl XXXIX


Patriots 24
Eagles 21
February 6, 2005
ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

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The Patriots established their football dynasty in the early 2000s with their third Super Bowl championship in four years and their second straight with a 24-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Patriots had played a 3-4 defensive front the entire season, but unveiled a 4-3 for the Super Bowl and rushed five defenders throughout the game to confine Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb within the pocket. The purpose was to limit his ability to escape and run while making him throw from within tight space. But the Eagles scored first in the second quarter on a nine-play, 81-yard drive and a 7-0 lead. New England tied it on a Tom Brady-to-David Givens 4-yard TD pass with 1:10 left in the half and then took a 14-7 lead on the second half's opening possession via a 2-yard TD pass to Mike Vrabel. The Eagles tied it on a 10-yard McNabb-to-Brian Westbrook scoring pass heading to the fourth quarter. New England answered with a nine-play, 66-yard scoring drive that Corey Dillon finished with a 2-yard TD run. The Patriots extended that lead to 10 on an Adam Vinatieri 22-yard field goal with 8:40 left. It was still a 10-point lead when Philly took over on its own 21 with 5:40 to go. But the Eagles showed no urgency and did not even run their hurry-up offense. So while they eventually scored to make it 24-21, the Eagles consumed 3:42 to do so and gave the ball back to the Patriots with 1:48 left. New England was able to get the clock down to 55 seconds before punting it to the Eagles 4-yard line. Three plays later, Rodney Harrison intercepted McNabb to clinch the win. Branch's record-tying 11 receptions for 133 yards earned him MVP honors.

Super Bowl XXXVIII


Patriots 32
Panthers 29
February 1, 2004
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Super Bowl XXXVIII has to be considered one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. Defense ruled the first quarter, which ended scoreless, and it was defense that helped put the Patriots on the scoreboard. Mike Vrabel strip-sacked Panthers cornerback Jake Delhomme at the Panthers 25-yard line and Richard Seymour recovered the fumble setting up New England's offense at the 20. Four plays later, the Patriots had the lead courtesy of a 5-yard Tom Brady-to-Deion Branch touchdown pass with 3:05 left in the first half. The final three minutes saw an offensive explosion to end the half. Carolina drove 95 yards in eight plays and just 1:58 to tie the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. New England took over on its 22 with 59 seconds left and drove 78 yards in 49 seconds to reclaim the lead on a 5-yard TD pass to David Givens that was set up by a 52-yard completion from Brady to Branch. The Panthers took over at their 47 following a squib kick, ran one play for 21 yards and then sent John Kasay on to kick a 50-yard field goal. The teams scored 24 combined points in the final 3:10 of the half. A scoreless third quarter led to a record-setting fourth. New England extended its lead to 21-10 on the second play of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Antowain Smith touchdown run. Carolina answered on a 33-yard DeShaun Foster TD run and then took its first lead of the game, 22-21, on an 85-yard Delhomme-to-Mushin Muhammad touchdown pass with 6:53 left. The Patriots answered with an 11-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard scoring pass from Brady to Mike Vrabel before Kevin Faulk ran in a two-point conversion for a 29-22 lead. Carolina tied it on a 12-yard TD pass to Ricky Proehl, but Kasay's ensuing kickoff bounced out of bounds, giving New England that ball at its 40-yard line with 1:08 to go and three timeouts. A 17-yard completion to Branch on third-and-three set up Adam Vinatieri for the game-winning 41-yard field goal. Brady completed 32-of-48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns to earn his second Super Bowl MVP nod.

Super Bowl XXXVI


Patriots 20
Rams 17
February 3, 2002
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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The Patriots entered Super Bowl XXXVI as a 14-point underdog after a shocking upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the AFC title game. The St. Louis Rams were set to win their second Super Bowl in three years and the game seemed more like a formality with one local prognosticator predicting the Rams by a 73-0 count. But the Patriots had played the Rams tough in Foxborough in November and felt like they could beat the Rams by being more physical. That is exactly how they did it and it was evident from the outset that New England would not be run over by the so-called Greatest Show on Turf. The Rams opened the scoring with a 48-yard field goal for a 3-0 first quarter lead where it remained until midway through the second when Ty Law intercepted Kurt Warner and raced 47 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Late in the half, another St. Louis turnover, this one a fumble by Ricky Proehl, led to points. Terrell Buckley recovered the fumble and returned it to the Rams 40. Five plays later, quarterback Tom Brady connected with David Patten for an 8-yard touchdown and a 14-3 halftime lead. The Pats kicked a field goal late in the third for a 17-3 lead, but the Rams potent offense found some life in the fourth quarter. Warner scored from 2 yards out after a Patriots fumble recovery and touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty. Then Warner hit Proehl for a 26-yard touchdown with 1:30 to go to tie the score. A young Brady then walked onto the field and started building a legacy. He guided the Patriots from his own 17 to the Rams 30 in 1:30 without a timeout at his disposal. That's when Adam Vinatieri connected from 48 yards as time expired to send New England into a frenzy with a surprising 20-17 Super Bowl win – the first in franchise history. Brady was named MVP after leading the winning drive, but the award could have gone to the likes of Law, Otis Smith or Vinatieri as well. Brady declared it the MVT award on the postgame stage – Most Valuable Team. That it was.

Super Bowl XXXI


Packers 35
Patriots 21
January 26, 1997
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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After winning the first AFC Championship Game ever played at Foxboro Stadium, the Patriots were underdogs against the Packers, and Green Bay showed why on its second offensive play of the game when quarterback Brett Favre hit Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown. Two plays later, Pats QB Drew Bledsoe was intercepted, but the Patriots held Green Bay to a field goal. New England answered with a 6-play, 79-yard drive to make it 10-7 and then took a 14-10 lead on a 4-yard TD pass to Ben Coates. The big play then bit New England again when Favre connected with Antonio Freeman for an 81-yard touchdown and a 17-14 lead. Following a field goal, a Bledsoe interception and a Favre 2-yard touchdown run, things began to look bleak for New England. It was 27-14 late in the third when Curtis Martin broke free for an 18 yard touchdown run to make it 27-21, but game MVP Desmond Howard took the Patriots ensuing kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 35-21 at the end of three, which is where it stayed as Reggie White dominated the fourth quarter to lead the Packers defense.

Super Bowl XX


Bears 46
Patriots 10
January 26, 1986
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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New England was euphoric after its Patriots won three straight road games to reach their first Super Bowl. The region felt like its team was destiny's darling as it prepared to face the Bears and their vaunted "46" defense. The euphoria, however, was short-lived. After recovering a Walter Payton fumble on the second play of game, the Pats scored first on a 36-yard Tony Franklin field goal. It was all downhill from there as Chicago scored 44 unanswered points to spoil the Patriots party. It was 13-3 at the end of one quarter and 23-3 at the half. The Bears sandwiched an interception for a touchdown with two offensive scores in the third quarter and switched into cruise control as it entered the fourth leading 44-3. The Patriots finally got in the end zone on an 8-yard Steve Grogan-to-Irving Fryar touchdown pass before the Bears closed out the scoring with a safety and a 46-10 win.

About The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visitwww.thehallatpatriotplace.com.

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Super Bowl XXXVIII has to be considered one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. Defense ruled the first quarter, which ended scoreless, and it was defense that helped put the Patriots on the scoreboard. Mike Vrabel strip-sacked Panthers cornerback Jake Delhomme at the Panthers 25-yard line and Richard Seymour recovered the fumble setting up New England's offense at the 20. Four plays later, the Patriots had the lead courtesy of a 5-yard Tom Brady-to-Deion Branch touchdown pass with 3:05 left in the first half. The final three minutes saw an offensive explosion to end the half. Carolina drove 95 yards in eight plays and just 1:58 to tie the game on a 39-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith. New England took over on its 22 with 59 seconds left and drove 78 yards in 49 seconds to reclaim the lead on a 5-yard TD pass to David Givens that was set up by a 52-yard completion from Brady to Branch. The Panthers took over at their 47 following a squib kick, ran one play for 21 yards and then sent John Kasay on to kick a 50-yard field goal. The teams scored 24 combined points in the final 3:10 of the half. A scoreless third quarter led to a record-setting fourth. New England extended its lead to 21-10 on the second play of the fourth quarter on a 2-yard Antowain Smith touchdown run. Carolina answered on a 33-yard DeShaun Foster TD run and then took its first lead of the game, 22-21, on an 85-yard Delhomme-to-Mushin Muhammad touchdown pass with 6:53 left. The Patriots answered with an 11-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 1-yard scoring pass from Brady to Mike Vrabel before Kevin Faulk ran in a two-point conversion for a 29-22 lead. Carolina tied it on a 12-yard TD pass to Ricky Proehl, but Kasay's ensuing kickoff bounced out of bounds, giving New England that ball at its 40-yard line with 1:08 to go and three timeouts. A 17-yard completion to Branch on third-and-three set up Adam Vinatieri for the game-winning 41-yard field goal. Brady completed 32-of-48 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns to earn his second Super Bowl MVP nod.

Super Bowl XXXVI


Patriots 20
Rams 17
February 3, 2002
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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The Patriots entered Super Bowl XXXVI as a 14-point underdog after a shocking upset of the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the AFC title game. The St. Louis Rams were set to win their second Super Bowl in three years and the game seemed more like a formality with one local prognosticator predicting the Rams by a 73-0 count. But the Patriots had played the Rams tough in Foxborough in November and felt like they could beat the Rams by being more physical. That is exactly how they did it and it was evident from the outset that New England would not be run over by the so-called Greatest Show on Turf. The Rams opened the scoring with a 48-yard field goal for a 3-0 first quarter lead where it remained until midway through the second when Ty Law intercepted Kurt Warner and raced 47 yards for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Late in the half, another St. Louis turnover, this one a fumble by Ricky Proehl, led to points. Terrell Buckley recovered the fumble and returned it to the Rams 40. Five plays later, quarterback Tom Brady connected with David Patten for an 8-yard touchdown and a 14-3 halftime lead. The Pats kicked a field goal late in the third for a 17-3 lead, but the Rams potent offense found some life in the fourth quarter. Warner scored from 2 yards out after a Patriots fumble recovery and touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty. Then Warner hit Proehl for a 26-yard touchdown with 1:30 to go to tie the score. A young Brady then walked onto the field and started building a legacy. He guided the Patriots from his own 17 to the Rams 30 in 1:30 without a timeout at his disposal. That's when Adam Vinatieri connected from 48 yards as time expired to send New England into a frenzy with a surprising 20-17 Super Bowl win – the first in franchise history. Brady was named MVP after leading the winning drive, but the award could have gone to the likes of Law, Otis Smith or Vinatieri as well. Brady declared it the MVT award on the postgame stage – Most Valuable Team. That it was.

Super Bowl XXXI


Packers 35
Patriots 21
January 26, 1997
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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After winning the first AFC Championship Game ever played at Foxboro Stadium, the Patriots were underdogs against the Packers, and Green Bay showed why on its second offensive play of the game when quarterback Brett Favre hit Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown. Two plays later, Pats QB Drew Bledsoe was intercepted, but the Patriots held Green Bay to a field goal. New England answered with a 6-play, 79-yard drive to make it 10-7 and then took a 14-10 lead on a 4-yard TD pass to Ben Coates. The big play then bit New England again when Favre connected with Antonio Freeman for an 81-yard touchdown and a 17-14 lead. Following a field goal, a Bledsoe interception and a Favre 2-yard touchdown run, things began to look bleak for New England. It was 27-14 late in the third when Curtis Martin broke free for an 18 yard touchdown run to make it 27-21, but game MVP Desmond Howard took the Patriots ensuing kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 35-21 at the end of three, which is where it stayed as Reggie White dominated the fourth quarter to lead the Packers defense.

Super Bowl XX


Bears 46
Patriots 10
January 26, 1986
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.

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New England was euphoric after its Patriots won three straight road games to reach their first Super Bowl. The region felt like its team was destiny's darling as it prepared to face the Bears and their vaunted "46" defense. The euphoria, however, was short-lived. After recovering a Walter Payton fumble on the second play of game, the Pats scored first on a 36-yard Tony Franklin field goal. It was all downhill from there as Chicago scored 44 unanswered points to spoil the Patriots party. It was 13-3 at the end of one quarter and 23-3 at the half. The Bears sandwiched an interception for a touchdown with two offensive scores in the third quarter and switched into cruise control as it entered the fourth leading 44-3. The Patriots finally got in the end zone on an 8-yard Steve Grogan-to-Irving Fryar touchdown pass before the Bears closed out the scoring with a safety and a 46-10 win.

About The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visitwww.thehallatpatriotplace.com.

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