Super Bowl 36 logo, New England Patriots 20VS St. Louis Rams 17, MVP Tom Brady

Super Bowl XXXVI (36)
Game Summary

New England Patriots
St. Louis Rams
New England Patriots Superbowl XXXVI Ring


New England Patriots:
Bill Belichick
St. Louis Rams:
Mike Martz

Half Time Show

Headliner: U2


Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, LA

Date: August 20, 1970
Attendance: 72,922


Tom Brady
Quarterback (QB)
New England Patriots

New England Patriots Defeats St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.  Tom Brady named MVP.

Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal as time expired gave the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl title. The Rams outgained the Patriots 427-267 in total yards, but the Patriots forced three turnovers, which resulted in 17 points.

In the first quarter Jeff Wilkins' 50-yard field goal capped a 10-play, 48-yard drive to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. With 8:49 left in the second quarter, Ty Law stepped in front of an out-pattern pass intended for Isaac Bruce and raced 47 yards for the touchdown.

Later, Kurt Warner completed a 15-yard pass to Ricky Proehl to the Patriots' 40, but Antwan Harris forced Proehl to fumble and Terrell Buckly recovered. Only five plays later, Tom Brady's 8-yard touchdown pass to David Patten with 21 seconds left in the quarter gave New England a 14-3 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Torry Holt slipped coming off the line of scrimmage resulting in an Otis Smith interception of Warner's pass. Smith returned it 30 yards to the Rams' 33 to set up Vinatieri's 37-yard field goal and a 17-3 lead.

The Rams responded by driving to the Patriots' 3. On fourth-and-goal, Warner scrambled, was tackled by Roman Phifer, and fumbled. Tebucky Jones returned it for an apparent touchdown, but the play was negated by Willie McGinest's holding penalty. Warner scored two plays later to trim the deficit to 17-10 with 9:31 left. The Patriots went three and out on their next two possessions, giving the Rams the ball on their 45-yard-line with 1:51 left.

Warner completed an 18-yard pass to Az-Zahir Hakim and an 11-yard pass to Yo Murphy before connecting on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Proehl with 1:30 left to tie the game.

Operating without any time outs, Brady completed three short passes to J.R. Redmond to reach the Patriots' 41 with 33 seconds left. After an incompletion, Brady completed 23- and 16-yard passes to Troy Brown and Jermaine Wiggins, respectively, to reach the Rams' 30, and then spiked the ball with seven seconds remaining.

Vinatieri drilled the 48-yard field-goal attempt, marking the first time in Super Bowl history the game had been won on the final play.

Brady, who earned most valuable player honors, was 16 of 27 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Warner was 28 of 44 for 365 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
St. Louis Rams 1733:307163265/130/0
New England Patriots2026:306 81152/110/0
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Rams 13:10J.Wilkins 50 yd. Field Goal (10-48, 5:05)30
Patriots28:49T.Law 47 yd. interception return (A.Vinatieri kick)37
Patriots20:31D.Patten 8 yd. pass from T.Brady (A.Vinatieri kick) (5-40, 0:49)314
Patriots31:18A.Vinatieri 37 yd. Field Goal (5-14, 2:07)317
Rams 49:31K.Warner 2 yd. run (J.Wilkins kick) (12-77, 6:47)1017
Rams 41:30R.Proehl 26 yd. pass from K.Warner (J.Wilkins kick) (3-55, 0:21)1717
Patriots40:00A.Vinatieri 48 yd. Field Goal (9-53, 1:30)1720
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