Super Bowl XXXI (31)
Green Bay Packers:
New England Patriots:
Half Time Show
Headliner: Blues Brothers-Dan Akroyd/John Goodman/James Belushi/James Brown/ZZ Top.
New Orleans, LA
Date: August 20, 1970
Kick Returner (KR)
Green Bay Packers
Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and Brett Favre passed for two touchdowns and ran for a score as the Packers won their first Super Bowl in twenty-nine years. Howard, en route to garnering the most valuable player trophy (MVP), equaled a Super Bowl record with 244 total return yards.
It was Favre that struck first, as he hit Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead on the second play of the game. Two plays later Doug Evans made a diving interception of Drew Bledsoe's pass at the 28-yard line, setting up Chris Jacke's field goal and giving the Packers a 10-0 lead just 6:18 into the Super Bowl.
The Patriots answered with touchdowns on their next two possessions. Craig Newsome's pass interference penalty set up the first touchdown and a 44-yard completion from Bledsoe to Terry Glenn preceeding Ben Coates's touchdown gave New England its first and only lead of the game. The teams combined first quarter points of 24 were the most in Super Bowl history.
Green Bay struck quickly again just 56 seconds into the second quarter as Favre hit Antonio Freeman with a Super Bowl-record 81-yard touchdown bomb. Jacke booted his second field goal on Green Bay's next possession. Following a Mike Prior interception, Favre orchestrated a 74-yard, 6-minute drive that concluded with Brett Favre diving to the goal line pylon for a touchdown that gave Green Bay a 27-14 halftime lead.
Curtis Martin brought the Patriots to within a score by running in from 18 yards out with 3:27 left in the third quarter. But Howard broke the Patriots' spirit by returning the ensuing kickoff a Super Bowl-record 99 yards. Favre found Mark Chmura for the 2-point conversion to finish the scoring.
Bledsoe was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter as the Patriots never crossed midfield in four fourth-quarter possessions.
Reggie White set a Super Bowl record with three sacks. Favre completed 14 of 27 passes for 246 yards, with no interceptions. Bledsoe completed 11 more passes than Favre, but for just seven more yards, and threw four interceptions. Desmond Howard became the first special teams player to be named Super Bowl MVP.