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I thought this was a good piece from the Free Press this morning...


Detroit Free Press wrote:
January 28, 2006

Super Bowl XL

SUPER BOWL MEMORIES: The first 39 games

From its beginning in 1967 as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game to today, when it's known simply as the Super Bowl, next Sunday's game truly is one game to rule them all.


Super Bowl I

When: Jan. 15, 1967.

Where: Los Angeles.

Result: Packers 35, Chiefs 10.

On the field: Max McGee, filling in for ailing Boyd Dowler, caught seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns from MVP Bart Starr. McGee had gone into the game with four catches all season.

The legend: Once upon a time two leagues got together to determine an overall champion ? (Lions fans are still waiting for the fairy-tale ending).

National anthem performer: University of Arizona and Grambling University bands.

Halftime entertainment: Arizona and Grambling bands.

Free Press headline: Green Bay's Supermen Win.

Lions' record that season: 4-9-1.

In entertainment: "Bonanza" was the top show.


Super Bowl II

When: Jan. 14, 1968.

Where: Miami.

Result: Packers 33, Raiders 14.

On the field: The Packers won back-to-back titles, and Starr was named MVP for the second straight year.

The legend: This was the last game for Vince Lombardi as Packers coach.

National anthem performer: Grambling University band.

Halftime entertainment: Grambling University band.

Free Press headline: None. Newspaper strike.

Lions' record that season: 5-7-2.

In entertainment: "The Andy Griffith Show" was the top show.


Super Bowl III

When: Jan. 12, 1969.

Where: Miami.

Result: Jets 16, Colts 7.

On the field: The Jets intercepted Earl Morrall three times in the first half. QB Joe Namath didn't throw a touchdown pass, but earned MVP award.

The legend: Namath guaranteed victory the Thursday before the game.

National anthem performer: Anita Bryant.

Halftime entertainment: Florida A&M band.

Free Press headline: The Impossible Dream.

Lions' record that season: 4-8-2.

In entertainment: "Oliver!" won the Academy Award for best movie of 1968.


Super Bowl IV

When: Jan. 11, 1970.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Chiefs 23, Vikings 7.

On the field: QB Len Dawson completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards, including a 46-yard pass to Otis Taylor for the game's final score in the third quarter.

The legend: Crowd of 80,562 set a Super Bowl record.

National anthem performer: Al Hirt.

Halftime entertainment: Carol Channing.

Free Press headline: Super-Upset! It's KC, 23-7.

Lions' record that season: 9-4-1.

In entertainment: John Wayne won 1969 Academy Award for best actor in "True Grit."


Super Bowl V

When: Jan. 17, 1971.

Where: Miami.

Result: Colts 16, Cowboys 13.

On the field: The first Super Bowl played on artificial turf was decided on a 32-yard field goal by rookie Jim O'Brien with five seconds left.

The legend: Chuck Howley intercepted two passes and became the first defensive player and the first player from a losing team to be named MVP.

National anthem performer: trumpeter Tommy Loy.

Halftime entertainment: Florida A&M band.

Free Press headline: Colts Rule World, 16-13.

Lions' record that season: 10-4.

In entertainment: Simon and Garfunkel won 1970 Grammy for record of the year and album of the year for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and Paul Simon won for song of the year.


Super Bowl VI

When: Jan. 16, 1972.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Cowboys 24, Dolphins 3.

On the field: Quarterback Roger Staubach earned MVP award by throwing two touchdown passes, including one to tight end Mike Ditka.

The legend: The Cowboys became the first team to hold a Super Bowl opponent without a touchdown.

National anthem performer: U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale.

Halftime entertainment: Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the U.S. Marine Corps drill team.

Free Press headline: Cowboys Win in a Gallop, 24-3.

Lions' record that season: 7-6-1.

In entertainment: "All in the Family" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl VII

When: Jan. 14, 1973.

Where: Los Angeles.

Result: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7.

On the field: Dolphins safety Jake Scott intercepted two passes, including one in the end zone, to earn MVP award.

The legend: Despite kicker Garo Yepremian's famous pass that Washington turned into a touchdown, the Dolphins completed a perfect season. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti and the rest of the boys continue to celebrate it each season after the last unbeaten team loses.

National anthem performer: Little Angels of Holy Angels Church.

Halftime entertainment: University of Michigan band and Woody Herman.

Free Press headline: Dolphins Just Super, 14-7.

Lions' record that season: 8-5-1.

In entertainment: "The Godfather" won Academy Award for best movie of 1972.


Super Bowl VIII

When: Jan. 13, 1974.

Where: Houston.

Result: Dolphins 24, Vikings 7.

On the field: MVP Larry Csonka rushed for a then-Super Bowl-record 145 yards on 33 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The legend: The Dolphins won their second straight Super Bowl and made their third straight appearance.

National anthem performer: Charlie Pride.

Halftime entertainment: University of Texas band.

Free Press headline: Dolphins Pound Vikes, 24-7, Win 2nd Super Bowl.

Lions' record that season: 6-7-1

In entertainment: Bette Midler won Grammy for best new artist of 1973.


Super Bowl IX

Result: Steelers 16, Vikings 6.

When: Jan. 12, 1975.

Where: New Orleans.

On the field: Franco Harris broke Csonka's record, rushing for 158 yards on 34 carries and scored a touchdown as the Steelers won in their first Super Bowl appearance.

The legend: The Vikings were held to 17 rushing yards and lost in their third bid to win the Super Bowl.

National anthem performer: Grambling University band with Mardi Gras Chorus.

Halftime entertainment: Mercer Ellington and Grambling bands.

Free Press headline: 1st-time Charm! Steelers Capture Super Bowl, 16-6.

Lions' record that season: 7-7.

In entertainment: "The Godfather Part II" won Academy Award for best movie of 1974.


Super Bowl X

When: Jan. 18, 1976.

Where: Miami.

Result: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17.

On the field: MVP Lynn Swann caught a 64-yard touchdown pass, and the Steel Curtain defense made an end-zone interception on the final play of the game.

The legend: Swann set a Super Bowl record with 161 receiving yards on four catches.

National anthem performer: Tom Sullivan.

Halftime entertainment: Up With People.

Free Press headline: Steelers Still Kings of Football ? Thanks to Bruising Defense, 21-17.

Lions' record that season: 7-7.

In entertainment: "Happy Days" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XI

When: Jan.9, 1977.

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Result: Raiders 32, Vikings 14.

On the field: Fred Biletnikoff didn't score, but he made four crucial catches for 79 yards and was voted MVP.

The legend: Vikings lost again in their fourth Super Bowl appearance in front of record crowd of 103, 438.

National anthem performer: Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful").

Halftime entertainment: Los Angeles unified all-city band and crowd participation.

Free Press headline: Raiders' Ability To Be Unpredictable Was Key ? Madden.

Lions' record that season: 6-8.

In entertainment: "Rocky" won Academy Award for best movie of 1976.


Super Bowl XII

When: Jan. 15, 1978.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Cowboys 28, Broncos 10.

On the field: The Cowboys recovered four fumbles and intercepted four passes. Roger Staubach threw a touchdown pass, and Tony Dorsett rushed for a touchdown.

The legend: Defensive tackle Randy White and defensive end Harvey Martin became first teammates to share Super Bowl MVP award.

National anthem performer: Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State.

Halftime entertainment: Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.

Free Press headline: Cowboys' Defense Crushes Denver in Super Bowl of Errors, 27-10.

Lions' record that season: 6-8.

In entertainment: "Laverne & Shirley" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XIII

When: Jan. 21, 1979.

Where: Miami.

Result: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31.

On the field: MVP Terry Bradshaw became the first quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a Super Bowl. He completed 17 of 30 passes for a personal-best 318 yards.

The legend: Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.

National anthem performer: The Colgate University Thirteen.


Halftime entertainment: Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands.

Free Press headline: Bradshaw's 4 TD passes set record as Super Steelers clip Dallas, 35-31.

Lions' record that season: 7-9.

In entertainment: "Saturday Night Fever" won Grammy for album of the year in 1978.


Super Bowl XIV

When: Jan. 20, 1980.

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Result: Steelers 31, Rams 19.

On the field: Bradshaw threw two touchdown passes, including one for 73 yards to John Stallworth in the fourth quarter, and earned his second straight MVP.

The legend: Steelers become the first team to win four NFL titles.

National anthem performer: Cheryl Ladd.

Halftime entertainment: Up With People.

Free Press headline: ?Big play' Steelers snag title.

Lions' record that season: 2-14.

In entertainment: "60 Minutes" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl: XV

When: Jan. 25, 1981.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Raiders 27, Eagles 10.

On the field: Jim Plunkett, who became a starter in the sixth game of the regular season, threw three touchdown passes, including an 80-yard bomb to Kenny King, and was voted MVP. Oakland linebacker Rod Martin set Super Bowl record with three interceptions.

The legend: Raiders became the first wild-card team to win the Super Bowl.

National anthem performer: Helen O'Connell.

Halftime entertainment: Southern University band, Helen O'Connell.

Free Press headline: Super Raiders shoot down Eagles.

Lions' record that season: 9-7.

In entertainment: "Dallas" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl: XVI

When: Jan. 24, 1982.

Where: Pontiac.

Result: 49ers 26, Bengals 21.

On the field: At the Silverdome, MVP Joe Montana made a one-yard touchdown run and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to fullback Earl Cooper. The 49ers build a 20-0 halftime lead, and Ray Wersching finished with four field goals.

The legend: Other than this cementing Montana's greatness, it marked the first time in Super Bowl history the team that gained the most yards from scrimmage lost the game.

National anthem performer: Diana Ross.

Halftime entertainment: Up With People.

Free Press headline: XVI sweet for the Frisco kids.

Lions' record that season: 8-8.

In entertainment: Henry Fonda won 1981 Academy Award for best actor in "On Golden Pond."


Super Bowl XVII

When: Jan. 30, 1983.

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Result: Redskins 27, Dolphins 17.

On the field: John Riggins set a record with his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing game in the playoffs and set a Super Bowl record with 166 yards on 38 carries. Riggins gave the Redskins their first lead with 10:01 left when he ran 43 yards off left tackle for a touchdown on fourth-and-1.

The legend: Riggins was voted Super Bowl MVP, but he made even bigger headlines in 1985, when he shared a table at a formal dinner with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and was heard to say, "Loosen up, Sandy, baby."

National anthem performer: Leslie Easterbrook.

Halftime entertainment: Los Angeles Super drill team.

Free Press headline: Riggins, 'Skins trample Miami.

Lions' record that season: 4-5.

In entertainment: Ben Kingsley won 1982 Academy Award for "Ghandi," which also won for best movie.


Super Bowl: XVIII

When: Jan. 22, 1984.

Where: Tampa.

Result: Raiders 38, Redskins 9.

On the field: Marcus Allen set a rushing record with 191 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a 74-yarder. He was voted MVP.

The legend: The Raiders pummeled the defending Super Bowl champions, jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead.

National anthem performer: Barry Manilow.

Halftime entertainment: University of Florida and Florida State University bands.

Free Press headline: Raiders take Washington by force.

Lions' record that season: 9-7.

In entertainment: Eddie Murphy won Grammy for best comedy recording in 1983.


Super Bowl XIX

When: Jan. 20, 1985.

Where: Palo Alto, Calif.

Result: 49ers 38, Dolphins 16.

On the field: Roger Craig ran for a touchdown and caught two TD passes from MVP Joe Montana, who threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns. Montana also scored on a six-yard run.

The legend: Dan Marino became the first player to pass for more than 5,000 yards in a season (5,084) and made his first ? and only ? Super Bowl appearance in his second season.

National anthem performer: Andy Williams and the Children's Choir of Los Angeles.

Halftime entertainment: U.S. Air Force band.

Free Press headline: 49ers cut 'em off at pass.

Lions' record that season: 4-11-1.

In entertainment: "Dynasty" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XX

When: Jan. 26, 1986.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Bears 46, Patriots 10.

On the field: The Patriots took the quickest lead in Super Bowl history on a field goal 1:19 into the game. But the Bears' defense, led by MVP Richard Dent, went on to wreak havoc with seven sacks. The Patriots were limited to seven rushing yards and committed six turnovers.

The legend: The NFL's all-time leading rusher, Walter Payton, didn't score a touchdown, but defensive tackle William (The Refrigerator) Perry did. Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan were carried off on the shoulders on their players.

National anthem performer: Wynton Marsalis.

Halftime entertainment: Up With People.

Free Press headline: Bears in a Super rout.

Lions' record that season: 7-9.

In entertainment: "The Cosby Show" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XXI

When: Jan. 25, 1987.

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Result: Giants 39, Broncos 20.

On the field: MVP Phil Simms completed 22 of 25 passes, including 10 straight, and threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and won the MVP award.

The legend: The Giants trailed, 10-9, at the half before scoring 30 points in the second half.

National anthem performer: Neil Diamond.

Halftime entertainment: southern California-area high school drill teams and dancers.

Free Press headline: Big Apple crushes the Orange.

Lions' record that season: 5-11.

In entertainment: Bruce Hornsby & the Range won 1986 Grammy for best new artist.


Super Bowl XXII

When: Jan. 31, 1988.

Where: San Diego.

Result: Redskins 42, Broncos 10.

On the field: The Broncos led, 10-0, before the Redskins came back with 35 points in the second quarter. Rookie Timmy Smith rushed for a record 204 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The legend: MVP Doug Williams threw touchdown passes of 80 and 50 yards to Ricky Sanders and finished with 340 yards passing for four TDs.

National anthem performer: Herb Alpert.

Halftime entertainment: Chubby Checkers/Rockettes and 88 grand pianos.

Free Press headline: Williams skins Broncos.

Lions' record that season: 4-11.

In entertainment: Michael Douglas won 1987 Academy Award for best actor in "Wall Street."


Super Bowl XXIII

When: Jan. 22, 1989.

Where: Miami.

Result: 49ers 20, Bengals 16.

On the field: MVP Jerry Rice caught 11 passes for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards, and Joe Montana threw for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards.

The legend: Jim Breech gave the Bengals a 16-13 lead on a 40-yard field goal with 3:20 remaining. But Montana led the 49ers on a 92-yard touchdown drive. He hit wide receiver John Taylor on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 34 seconds left.

National anthem performer: Billy Joel.

Halftime entertainment: South Florida-area dancers and performers and 3-D effects.

Free Press headline: Super finish for Niners.

Lions' record that season: 4-12.

In entertainment: Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" won 1988 Grammy for song of the year.


Super Bowl XXIV

When: Jan. 28, 1990.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: 49ers 55, Broncos 10.

On the field: Joe Montana earned his record third Super Bowl MVP award by throwing a record five touchdown passes. Jerry Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

The legend: The 49ers tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl titles and set a record for points.

National anthem performer: Aaron Neville.

Halftime entertainment: Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas.

Free Press headline: 49ers grand in Super slam.

Lions' record that season: 7-9.

In entertainment: Oliver Stone won Academy Award for best director for "Born on the Fourth of July."


Super Bowl XXV

When: Jan. 27, 1991.

Where: Tampa.

Result: Giants 20, Bills 19

On the field: The Giants had possession for 40:33, a Super Bowl record. Ottis Anderson rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries and scored a one-yard touchdown on a drive that ate up 9:29 in the third quarter.

The legend: Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed wide right from 47 yards in the final seconds.

National anthem performer: Whitney Houston.

Halftime entertainment: New Kids on the Block.

Free Press headline: Giants among champs.

Lions' record that season: 6-10.

In entertainment: "Cheers" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XXVI

When: Jan. 26, 1992.

Where: Minneapolis.

Result: Redskins 37, Bills 24.

On the field: MVP Mark Rypien threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and Joe Gibbs became the third coach to win three Super Bowls.

The legend: The Bills' blistering offense was shut down again. Thurman Thomas, who led the NFL with 2,038 total yards from scrimmage during the regular season, rushed for 13 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 27 yards.

National anthem performer: Harry Connick Jr.

Halftime entertainment: Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill.

Free Press headline: Buffaloed.

Lions' record that season: 12-4.

In entertainment: Al Pacino won 1992 Academy Award for best actor in "Scent of a Woman."


Super Bowl XXVII

When: Jan. 31, 1993.

Where: Pasadena, Calif.

Result: Cowboys 52, Bills 17.

On the field: The Cowboys turned nine turnovers into 35 points, and MVP Troy Aikman threw four touchdown passes and completed 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards.

The legend: The Bills became the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls.

National anthem performer: Garth Brooks.

Halftime entertainment: Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children.

Free Press headline: Ride 'em, Cowboys.

Lions' record that season: 5-11.

In entertainment: "60 Minutes" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XXVIII

When: Jan. 30, 1994.

Where: Atlanta.

Result: Cowboys 30, Bills 13.

On the field: MVP Emmitt Smith rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns, both in the second half. Jim Kelly completed a Super Bowl-record 31 passes in 50 attempts in the loss.

The legend: The Cowboys joined the Steelers and 49ers as the only franchises with four Super Bowl victories. The Bills became the only team to lose four straight Super Bowls.

National anthem performer: Natalie Cole.

Halftime entertainment: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, the Judds.

Free Press headline: Bill-fold.

Lions' record that season: 10-6.

In entertainment: "Forrest Gump" won 1993 Academy Award for picture of the year. Tom Hanks won for best actor and Robert Zemeckis for best director.


Super Bowl XXIX

When: Jan. 29, 1995.

Where: Miami.

Result: 49ers 49, Chargers 26.

On the field: MVP Steve Young set a Super Bowl record with six touchdown passes. Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters each scored three touchdowns.

The legend: 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowls.

National anthem performer: Kathie Lee Gifford.

Halftime entertainment: Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and Miami Sound Machine.

Free Press headline: Forever Young.

Lions' record that season: 9-7.

In entertainment: "Seinfield" was the top TV show.


Super Bowl XXX

When: Jan. 28, 1996.

Where: Tempe, Ariz.

Result: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17.

On the field: Cornerback Larry Brown made two second-half interceptions that the Cowboys converted into touchdowns. Emmitt Smith was limited to 49 yards on 18 carries, but scored two touchdowns.

The legend: The Cowboys joined the 49ers as the only teams to win five Super Bowls.

National anthem performer: Vanessa Williams.

Halftime entertainment: Diana Ross.

Free Press headline: Cowboys take fifth.

Lions' record that season: 10-6.

In entertainment: Hootie & the Blowfish won 1995 Grammy for best new artist.


Super Bowl XXXI

When: Jan. 26, 1997.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Packers 35, Patriots 21.

On the field: Desmond Howard ran up a record 244 return yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and was voted MVP. Reggie White set a Super Bowl record with three sacks. Drew Bledsoe threw four interceptions in the loss, including two in the fourth quarter.

The legend: Packers won their first Super Bowl in 29 years.

National anthem performer: Luther Vandross.

Halftime entertainment: Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and Jim Belushi as the Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown.

Free Press headline: Gang Green.

Lions' record that season: 5-11.

In entertainment: Lions coach Wayne Fontes appeared briefly in the movie "Jerry Maguire."


Super Bowl XXXII

When: Jan. 25, 1998.

Where: San Diego.

Result: Broncos 31, Packers 24.

On the field: MVP Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl-record three touchdowns. John Elway finally got a Super Bowl ring, though he threw for only 123 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception.

The legend: The Broncos snapped a 13-year streak of Super Bowl champions from the NFC.

National anthem performer: Jewel.

Halftime entertainment: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, the Temptations, Queen Latifah.

Free Press headline: Broncs cheer.

Lions' record that season: 9-7.

In entertainment: Bob Dylan won 1997 Grammy for album of the year.


Super Bowl XXXIII

When: Jan. 31, 1999.

Where: Miami.

Result: Broncos 34, Falcons 19.

On the field: MVP John Elway threw for 336 yards and a touchdown, and the Broncos became the first AFC team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Steelers won Super Bowls XIII and XIV.

The legend: Elway retired a winner.

National anthem performer: Cher.

Halftime entertainment: Steve Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, tap dancer Savion Glover.

Free Press headline: Bronc-ohs!

Lions' record that season: 5-11.

In entertainment: Steve Spielberg won 1998 Academy Award for best director for "Saving Private Ryan."


Super Bowl XXXIV

When: Jan. 30, 2000.

Where: Atlanta.

Result: Rams 23, Titans 16.

On the field: On the last play of the game, Mike Jones tackled Kevin Dyson at the 1 to preserve the victory and the Rams' first Super Bowl title. The Titans had come back from a 16-point deficit to tie the game on Al Del Greco's43-yard field goal with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter.

The legend: Former Arena league quarterback Kurt Warner earned the MVP award by throwing for a Super Bowl-record 414 yards. Warner threw for two touchdowns, including a 73-yard pass to Isaac Bruce in the fourth quarter that broke a 16-all tie.

National anthem performer: Faith Hill.

Halftime entertainment: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, 80-person choir.

Free Press headline: The longest yard.

Lions' record that season: 8-8.

In entertainment: "American Beauty" won 1999 Academy Award for picture of the year.


Super Bowl XXXV

When: Jan. 28, 2001.

Where: Tampa.

Result: Ravens 34, Giants 7.

On the field: Jamal Lewis rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries and scored a touchdown, and Brandon Stokley caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Trent Dilfer for the Ravens.

The legend: Linebacker Ray Lewis didn't score a touchdown and didn't have great statistics ? three solo tackles, two assists, four pass break-ups ? but he was the leader of a dominating defense that forced five turnovers, didn't allow an offensive touchdown, and gave up only 152 yards. He was the MVP.

National anthem performer: Backstreet Boys; Ray Charles performed "America the Beautiful."

Halftime entertainment: Aerosmith, N'SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.

Free Press headline: Ravenous!

Lions' record that season: 9-7.

In entertainment: U2 won 2000 Grammy awards for record of the year and song of the year for "Beautiful Day."


Super Bowl XXXVI

When: Feb. 3, 2002.

Where: New Orleans.

Result: Patriots 20, Rams 17.

On the field: Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal as time expired gave the Patriots the victory. Rams quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 365 yards, but New England quarterback Tom Brady took home the MVP award. Brady was 16-for-27 for 145 yards and one touchdown.

The legend: Brady went from sixth-round draft pick out of Michigan to Super Bowl MVP.

National anthem performer: Mariah Carey.

Halftime entertainment: U2.

Free Press headline: What a kick!

Lions' record that season: 2-14.

In entertainment: Denzel Washington won 2001 Academy Award for best actor in "Training Day."


Super Bowl XXVII

When: Jan. 26, 2003.

Where: San Diego.

Result: Buccaneers 48, Oakland 21.

On the field: Free safety Dexter Jackson made two of the Bucs' Super Bowl-record five interceptions ? three were returned for touchdowns ? and won the MVP award. Safety Dwight Smith (Detroit Central) scored on two of the interception returns. Rich Gannon threw for 272 yards and two touchdown passes for the Raiders. Brad Johnson threw for 215 yards and two TDs for the Bucs.

The legend: Coach Jon Gruden became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl. Gruden, 39 at the time, was in his first season at Tampa Bay and was coaching against his former team.

National anthem performer: Dixie Chicks.

Halftime entertainment: Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting.

Free Press headline: Tampa Day!

Lions' record that season: 3-13.

In entertainment: Norah Jones won for record of the year, album of the year, best new artist, best pop vocal album and best female pop vocal performance at the 2002 Grammy awards.


Super Bowl XXVIII

When: Feb. 1, 2004.

Where: Houston.

Result: Patriots 32, Panthers 29.

On the field: Adam Vinatieri kicked a 41-yard field goal with four seconds left to give the Patriots their second Super Bowl title in three seasons. Tom Brady won his second MVP award, throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

The legend: Wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

National anthem performer: Beyonce Knowles.

Halftime entertainment: Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

Free Press headline: Patriots by a foot.

Lions' record that season: 5-11.

In entertainment: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won 2003 Academy Award for best picture.


Super Bowl XXXIX

When: Feb. 6, 2005.

Where: Jacksonville, Fla.

Result: Patriots 24, Eagles 21.

On the field: MVP Deion Branch tied a Super Bowl record with 11 catches, which he turned into 133 yards. Tom Brady took the Patriots to their third Super Bowl victory in four seasons, completing 23 of 33 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. Donovan McNabb threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.

The legend: Terrell Owens caught nine passes for 122 yards playing on a broken leg for the Eagles.

National anthem performer: Combined choirs from the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.

Halftime entertainment: Paul McCartney.

Free Press headline: Patriot Act III.

Lions' record that season: 6-10.

In entertainment: Jon Stewart won 2004 Grammy for best comedy album.

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