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2004 ‐ Super Bowl XXXVIII ‐ New England Patriots vs North Carolina Panthers

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New England Patriots 32
North Carolina Panthers 29

February 1, 2004

Super Bowl XXXVIII was at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The NFC champion Panthers (14-6) faced the AFC champion Patriots (17-2) before a record 144.4 million TV audience.

After going 1-15 in 2001, the Panthers advanced to their first Super Bowl. The Patriots were going for their second championship in three years.

Late in the first half, Carolina fumbled on its 20. New England recovered and Tom Brady threw a 5-yard touchdown pass with 3:05 remaining.

Carolina advanced 95 yards, scoring on a 39-yard touchdown pass by Jake Delhomme with 1:07 left.

Brady fired a 5-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left.

The Panthers completed a 50-yard field goto trail 14-10 at halftime.

New England struck with a 2-yard touchdown run two plays into the fourth quarter to cap a 71-yard drive and stretch the lead to 21-10.

Carolina running back DeShaun Foster scored on a 33-yard run, but the 2-point conversion failed.

A Patriot drive to Carolina’s 9 ended with an end zone interception.

On third down from his own 15, Delhomme hurled a record 85-yard touchdown pass for a 22-21 lead with 6:53 left. But the Panthers failed to convert another 2-point attempt.

The Patriots marched 68 yards, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown pass. A 2-point conversion led to a 29-22 lead with 2:51 remaining.

Delhomme threw a 12-yard touchdown to tie the game with 1:08 left.

New England received the kickoff at its 40. With 14 seconds remaining, Brady completed a clutch 17-yard pass. Adam Vinatieri then kicked a game-winning 41-yard field gowith four seconds left.

The teams had 37 points in the fourth quarter for the Super Bowl’s highest scoring period.

Brady was the Super Bowl MVP for the second time, throwing 32 of 48 for 354 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.

Super Bowl XXXVIII is considered one of the most well-played and exciting.

Around the World on February 1:

  • A hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed 251 pilgrims.

Around the NFL in 2004:

  • March 29 – Attendance in 2003 set a new record of 21,639,040.
  • March 30 – Instant replay was renewed through 2008.
  • April 8 – Steve Bisciotti became the Ravens’ controlling owner.
  • April 22 – Former Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was killed on combat patrol in Afghanistan.
  • May 24 – A federappeals court upheld the NFL’s draft eligibility rule in Maurice Clarett’s lawsuit, allowing the NFL to decide when players can enter the league.
  • June 12 – The Berlin Thunder beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 30-24 to win World Bowl XII.
  • October 24 – Patriots beat the Jets 13-7 for a record 18th straight regular-season win.
  • November 8 – The NFL agreed to six-year contract extensions with CBS and Fox.
  • November 8 – DirecTV received a five-year extension on its Sunday Ticket subscription package.
  • November 24 – NFL Europe added the Hamburg Sea Devils as its latest team.

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