SUPER BOWL XXXI Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana January 26, 1997 Attendance: 72,301
New England Patriots (AFC)
Green Bay Packers (NFC)
Desmond Howard returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and established a record with 244 total return yards.
This game was being billed as "win one for Reggie" in honor of the future Hall-of-Famer Reggie White, possibly the greatest defensive lineman of all time.
However, it was kick-returner Desmond Howard who would steal the show. The former Heisman Trophy winner returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and established a record with 244 total return yards.
Brett Favre passed for two touchdown passes and ran for another, as the Packers won their first title in 29 years.
Favre wasted little time getting his team on the board. He struck first with Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown pass on their second play from scrimmage. The teams combined for a record 24 first-quarter points. White set a record with three sacks. Favre completed 14-of-27 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns, while New England QB Drew Bledsoe completed 25-for-48 for 253 yards, buthad his performance overshadowed by four interceptions.