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Title Town Takes the Trophy Home

Jan. 27, 1997

By Lisa Zapata

Lariat Staff Writer

For the first time in 29 years,, The Green Bay Packers took home the Lombardi Trophy last night at Super Bowl XXXI.

This Super Bowl was filled with record breaking accomplishments by both offensive and defensive teams for the Packers.

Desmond Howard, the Super Bowl MVP, clenched the title with his Superbowl record 99 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Howard is the first Special Team's Player to ever win the Super Bowl MVP award.

The Packers were unstoppable from in the first quarter when they received their first touchdown only four minutes into the game on their first possession of the ball.

They didn't stop there. With an interception, the Packers scored a field goal and took a 10-0 lead.

The Patriots answered with two touchdowns by the end of the first quarter, taking a 14-10 lead over the Packers.

The lead did not last long. The Packers recaptured the lead in the second quarter with the longest touchdown pass reception in the history of the Super Bowl thrown by Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman of 81 yards.

The Packers went into half-time with a 27-14 lead and remained in the lead the rest of the game.

With three minutes left in the third quarter, New England's Curtis Martin scored a touchdown, bringing the Patriots within seven points of Green Bay, but the Packers proved to be too much for New England, and Howard scored the win-clenching 99 yard touchdown, and a Green Bay player took another Super Bowl record.

With only 52 seconds left in the game, the Packers intercepted the ball securing their 35-21 win over New England.

When asked what it felt like to when the Super Bowl, Howard said, 'It's a feeling you can't really put into words.'

He said the way to win was to have confidence in himself and his team. The team expressed similar sentiments, 'God brought me here,' Reggie White, Packers defensive-end, said. 'It's about what God has done in this team and in these players.' White collected a record three sacks on Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells expressed his disappointment in the loss, but he said he was grateful to have the chance to be a part of the Super Bowl.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren said, 'I'm really humbled by the experience. My coaches did an awesome job this season, and this team deserves the win.'

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