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1998 ‐ Super Bowl XXXII ‐ Denver Broncos vs Green Bay Packers

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Denver Broncos 31
Green Bay Packers 24

January 25, 1998

Super Bowl XXXII was at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. The game tied XXVII for the third-largest TV audience with 133.4 million viewers. The AFC champion Denver Broncos (16-4) faced the NFC champion Green Bay Packers (15-4).

On the opening drive, Green Bay advanced 76 yards and Brett Favre threw a 22-yard touchdown pass. Denver answered with a 58-yard march capped by a 1-yard run by running back Terrell Davis.

After Favre was picked off on Green Bay’s next possession, Denver marched 45 yards and scored to begin the second quarter.

Denver’s Jason Elam kicked a 51-yard field goal, the second longest in the Super Bowl, to put Denver up 17-7. Green Bay scored a touchdown as the first half wound down, pulling to within 17-14.

On the first play of the second half, Green Bay recovered a Davis fumble at Denver’s 26, but was forced to settle for a 27-yard field goal.

Denver scored a touchdown as the third quarter ended. It recovered a fumble on the following kickoff return at Green Bay’s 22-yard line. But Elway was intercepted in the end zone.

The Packers tied the game at 24-24 with 13:32 left. Both teams’ defenses stiffened, but Denver received a 39-yard punt at Green Bay’s 49 with 3:27 left.

The Broncos went ahead 31-24 and forced Green Bay out on downs to win.

Elway completed 12 of 22 passes for 123 yards, with one interception. Davis was named Super Bowl XXXII’s MVP with 157 rushing yards and a record three rushing touchdowns.

Denver’s victory was its first championship after four Super Bowl defeats and it ended the AFC’s 13-game losing streak.

Around the World on January 25:

  • The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam launched a suicide attack on Sri Lanka’s Temple of the Tooth, killing 8, injuring 25.

Around the NFL in 1998:

  • January 13 – The NFL approved eight-year TV contracts with ABC, Fox, CBS, and ESPN.
  • March 22 – The NFL extended the Collective Bargaining Agreement to 2003.
  • March 23 – The NFL approved an expansion team for Cleveland to play in 1999.
  • March 24 – A playoff pool of $25.1 million was distributed among 737 players who played in the 1997 playoffs.
  • June 14 – The Rhein Fire beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 34-10 to win the 1998 World Bowl in Frankfurt.
  • July 28 – Red McCombs became owner of the Vikings.
  • August 8 – The Ravens opened Camden Yards, beating the Bears 19-14 in a preseason game.
  • September 20 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played their first game in Raymond James Stadium, beating the Bears 27-15.
  • September 6-7 – Week 1 attendance reached a record 997,835, the highest opening weekend and the second-highest total ever.
  • October 15 – A Harris Poll reported 55% of adults follow professional football.
  • November 14 – The Tennessee Oilers announced a name change to the Titans in 1999.
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