2018 Super Bowl Countdown: Super Bowl XXXVIII

Entering the final two weeks of the 2017 NFL season, we’re staring down the home stretch to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. Next up on our countdown; the New England Patriots face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

February 1, 2004

The second of three Super Bowls to be hosted in Houston, Texas, the New England Patriots would square off against the Carolina Panthers in their second Super Bowl appearance in three years, winning the second Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era with a game-winning field goal from kicker Adam Vinatieri, 32-29.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (surprise!) would go on to win his second Super Bowl MVP of his career, also the second in three years. Brady would set a Super Bowl record for most pass completions in a game, completing 32 of his 48 pass attempts, and netting 354 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime lives infamously in history as far as public performances go, as this was the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake duo that featured a wardrobe malfunction on live television. There were over 89 million viewers who caught Super Bowl XXXVIII on CBS, a game that was called by Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Berstein. Beyonce would perform the national anthem ahead of kickoff, and the cost of a 30-second commercial rose to around $2.2 million in 2004.

 


 

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NFL 2016-17 Season In Review

Completed by one of the most memorable Super Bowls to date, the 2016-17 NFL Season was one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. From the conclusion of “Deflate Gate,” to Brady’s redemption, to the first year without “The Sheriff” and the rise of the Atlanta Falcons. We take a walk down memory lane and review the season that was in the NFL.

The “Rise” of the MVP

The surprise team of the 2016-17 NFL season was without a doubt, the Atlanta Falcons. Behind a stellar offensive attack and a surprisingly stingy defense, the Falcons claimed their first NFC title in decades, due large in part to league MVP, quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan finished the 2016 campaign with career-bests in yards (4,994), touchdowns (38), interceptions (7), completion percentage (69.9%) and quarterback ratings (117.1). The evening before his Super Bowl LI appearance, Ryan would go on to be named the 2016 NFL MVP.

First Year Without Peyton

The 2016-17 NFL season marked the first year since 1997 that former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback and two-time Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning would not be under center. “The Sheriff” announced his retirement after his Super Bowl 50 victory in 2016 with the Denver Broncos, marking the end of his illustrious 18-year career. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Siemian would take over for the Broncos, although Denver would miss the playoffs.

Deflate Gate Revenge

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would finally go on to serve his four-game suspension, despite his multiple appeals, relating to the “Deflate Gate” drama from years prior. Despite Brady missing the first four games, the Patriots would be led to a 3-1 record by quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, leaving the door open for Brady to come back and complete one of his best statistical seasons to date.

Super Bowl LI

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots would square off in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, in what would become one of the most exciting Super Bowls to date.

Atlanta would hold a 28-9 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but with “Tom Terrific” leading the way, the Patriots were not to be counted out. Mounting the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, and creating the first overtime Super Bowl in league history, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots would capture their 5th Super Bowl trophy in the Belichick-Brady era. Brady would take home Super Bowl MVP, throwing for a Super Bowl record 466 yards and two touchdowns on 62 pass attempts.

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Road to Super Bowl LI: Championship Weekend

It’s been narrowed down to four teams, and on Sunday, two will punch their ticket to Super Bowl LI in Houston. It’s the AFC and NFC Championship Games, featured in this week’s NFL Playoff preview.

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (3:05 p.m. ET, FOX)

The red-hot Green Bay Packers travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons in what will be a game charged with emotion for the Atlanta faithful.

Not only is it Atlanta’s first NFC Championship berth in years, this will also be the final Falcons game played inside the historic Georgia Dome, which has been home to not only the Falcons, but numerous events, championships and concerts over the years. Next year, the Falcons will christen the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, located directly beside the Georgia Dome.

For the Packers, it was all about “running the table” to make the playoffs. Now, a team that has beaten both the surging New York Giants and 2016 darling Dallas Cowboys, the Packers looked primed to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS)

Old rivals square off in Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, friends off the field and two of the greatest in the league, will go head-to-head once again for the AFC title at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

The Patriots are looking to head to their 7th Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era, winners of four of their previous six appearances. The Steelers look to make their 4th Super Bowl appearance since 2008, beginning with a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XLII

It’s officially divisional Sunday in the NFL! As teams set their sights on Houston for Super Bowl LI in just three short weeks, we take a trip back to Super Bowl XLII between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

Played on February 3rd, 2008 in front of 71,101 fans, the New England Patriots faced up against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII, played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. What would go on to become an instant classic, the Giants would take home the Lombardi Trophy, by a score of 17-14.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, most notably the younger brother of previous Super Bowl champion and MVP Peyton Manning, was awarded the Super Bowl MVP honors just one year following his brother. Manning (Eli, that is) completed 19 of his 34 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Super Bowl XLII would go on to become known as one of the biggest upset in sports history, as the Patriots were riding an undefeated record, the first team to go 16-0 in the regular season since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem for Super Bowl XLII, which was aired on FOX Sports and had a total of 97.5 million viewers. The cost of a 30-second commercial in 2008 was $2.7 million, which was continuing to rise from previous years. Halftime for Super Bowl XLII was the legendary Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XXXVIII

The Road to Super Bowl LI is set, as the NFL Playoffs begin with this upcoming Wild Card Weekend. We look back at Super Bowl XXXVIII, the second Super Bowl hosted in Houston, ahead of Super Bowl LI, Houston’s third-hosted Super Sunday.

Super Bowl XXXVIII was played on February 1, 2004 between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers. The Patriots would win their second Super Bowl of the Tom Brady-era, winning by final score of 32-29. The head referee of the game was Ed Hochuli, and the National Anthem was sung by Beyonce.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would go on to win his second Super Bowl MVP of his career, the second in three years. Brady set a Super Bowl record for most pass completions, completing 32 of his 48 pass attempts for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

The Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime show remains in infamy, as this was the infamous Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake halftime show which featured a wardrobe malfunction at halftime. There were a total of 89.8 million viewers who saw the game (and the incident) on CBS, a game announced by Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms, Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Berstein. The cost of a 30-second commercial in the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII was around $2.2 million.

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Countdown to Super Bowl LI: Super Bowl XXXVI

In Super Bowl XXXVI, a dynasty was born as the New England Patriots went head to head against the St. Louis Rams, in an offensive showdown between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Kurt Warner.

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The Patriots would capture their first Super Bowl title of the Brady-Belichick era in Super Bowl XXXVI, thus birthing a dominance in the NFL that still runs through today. New England defeated St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17, in front of nearly 73,000 fans at the Louisiana Super Dome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This was St. Louis’ third-time appearing in the Super Bowl, but the Patriots had their number. Quarterback Tom Brady captured the Super Bowl XXXVI MVP honors, his first Super Bowl MVP award. Brady completed 16 of his 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, including leading a drive that would set up future hall-of-fame kicker Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal.

The game was played on the Fox network and the cost of a 30 second commercial was around $1.9 million. There were around 86.8 million viewers tuning into the game on February 3, 2002. Pat Summerall and John Madden were both the announcers for the game this time around, along with Pam Oliver and Ron Pitts.

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History in Houston: Super Bowls

In 2017, the Super Bowl returns to the city of Houston, Texas for the third time, with Super Bowl LI. So how have the previous two Super Bowls in Houston played out?

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Super Bowl VIII was played between the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins after the 1973-74 NFL season. This game was played at Rice Stadium in Houston, and was the first Super Bowl site that was not that of a hosted NFL franchise. The Dolphins, fresh off the NFL’s first undefeated season in 1972-73, would defeat the Vikings 24-7 to capture their second straight Super Bowl victory.

Super Bowl XXXVIII was played between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers in the 2003-04 NFL season. This game was hosted at Reliant Stadium in Houston, now known as NRG stadium. The Carolina Panthers were making their first ever Super Bowl appearance, while the New England Patriots were seeking their second Super Bowl title in three years. Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in three years after setting a Super Bowl record in pass completions and accumulating 354 yards and three touchdowns.

In 2017, the Super Bowl returns to Houston, to be played at NRG stadium, home of the Houston Texans. And in an NFL that is as competitive as ever, Super Bowl LI looks to add to the legacy of Houston Super Bowls.

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