Super Bowl XXXIX (39)
New England Patriots:
Half Time Show
Headliner: Paul McCartney
Date: August 21, 1970
Wide Receiver (WR)
New England Patriots
Dynasties don't have to be perfect or pretty. They just have to win, like the New England Patriots, who won their third Super Bowl in four years with a dominant second half, wearing down the Philadelphia Eagles 24 - 21.
Replay played a significant role on the first series and in this game. McNabb seemed to avoid a sack by Tedy Bruschi on third down, and then dropped the ball when hit by Willie McGinest. New England recovered at the Philadelphia 34, but Reid challenged that McNabb's knee was down when hit by Bruschi. Replay showed McNabb, indeed, was down.
With 9:55 left in the half and the Eagles on third down, McNabb showed his maturity, hanging in the pocket and waiting and hit Smith for a strike in the end zone for the game's first score with 9:55 left in the half. This was the first time that New England trailed in the post season.
Brady found Givens in the end zone for a touchdown with only 1:10 remaining in the first half to tie up the game. This is only the second time in Super Bowl history that a game has been tied going into the 2nd half
New England wore down the Philadelphia defence in the 3rd and 4th quarters. a touchdown by Mike Vrabel gave New England the lead until Brian Westbrook scored on a precision pass from Donovan McNabb. Then the wheels fell off the Eagles cart.
After Corey Dillon scored a touchdown, Vinatieri hit his chip shot to make it 24-14 and seemed to knock the wind out of the Eagles sails. The Eagles came back on a Greg Lewis' 30-yard TD reception with 1:48 remaining, to make it close
When the Eagles got the ball back with just under a minute to go, Eagles fans and Patriot fans collectively held their breaths waiting if offense could beat defense to tie the game or if New England's defense would hold true. Unfortunately for Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles there just wasn't enough time nor did the Patriots give them the space they needed and Philadelphia went three and out and finished the game with another Harrison interception.