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2002 - Super Bowl XXXVI - New England Patriots vs St. Louis Rams

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New England Patriots 20
St. Louis Rams 17

February 3, 2002

Super Bowl XXXVI was at the Louisiana Superdome. The AFC champion Patriots (14-5) faced the NFC champion Rams (16-3). Due to the September 11 attacks, the game was rescheduled from January 27.

On their opening drive, the heavily favored Rams completed a 50-yard field goal.

In the second quarter, Kurt Warner was intercepted and the ball returned 47 yards for a touchdown.

Tom Brady threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to make the halftime score 14-3.

Late in the third quarter, Warner was intercepted and the ball returned to the Rams' 33 to set up a 37-yard field goal.

Early in the fourth quarter, Warner fumbled at the Patriots' 3. New England returned the ball for a touchdown, but it was called back by a holding penalty. Warner scored on a 2-yard run.

Warner tied the game 17-17 on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 1:30 left.

With no timeouts, New England drove to the Rams' 30 and Brady spiked the ball with seven seconds left.

Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard field-goal, giving the Patriots their first Super Bowl title and one of the greatest upsets.

Brady was Super Bowl XXXVI's MVP, throwing for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Around the World on February 3:

  • Costa Rica held presidential and congressional elections.

Around the NFL in 2002:

  • January 7 - The Collective Bargaining Agreement was extended through 2007.
  • January 12 - Oakland beat the Jets 38-24 in the first primetime playoff game.
  • February 2 - Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank bought the Falcons.
  • February 6 - Titans coach Jeff Fisher became co-chairman of the Competition Committee.
  • February 18 - The Texans picked 19 players in the Expansion Draft.
  • April 9 - The NFL and CBS Radio renewed a multi-year agreement.
  • April 13-14 - NFL Europe began its 10th season.
  • June 22 - The Berlin Thunder beat the Rhein Fire 26-20 to win World Bowl X.
  • August 10 - Seattle opened Seahawks Stadium.
  • August 17 - The Patriots opened Gillette Stadium.
  • August 24 - Houston opened Reliant Stadium.
  • September 5 - For the first time, the season opened on a Thursday night in primetime.
  • September 5-9 - Week 1 was the highest-scoring opening weekend ever.
  • September 11 - Quarterback Johnny Unitas died of a heart attack at 69.
  • September 29 - Jerry Rice became the all-time leader in yards from scrimmage with 21,281 yards.
  • September 30 - Ravens Chris McAlister had the longest scoring play with a 107-yard touchdown return.
  • October 23 - Browns owner Al Lerner died at 69.
  • October 27 - Emmitt Smith became the all-time rushing leader with 16,726 yards.
  • December 5 - USA Football was created to promote amateur football.
  • December 29 - Colts Marvin Harrison set a season record of 143 catches.
  • December 30 - The 2002 season had a record 25 overtime games.

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