Super Bowl XXXI

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Super Bowl XXXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1996 season.wikipedia
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1996 New England Patriots season

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Super Bowl XXXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1996 season.
The team lost Super Bowl XXXI to the Green Bay Packers.

1996 NFL season

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Super Bowl XXXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1996 season.
The season ended with Super Bowl XXXI when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35–21 at the Louisiana Superdome.

Mike Holmgren

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After 24 mostly dismal seasons since Vince Lombardi left, the Packers' fortunes turned after head coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre joined the team in 1992.
He served as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 1998, where he won Super Bowl XXXI, and of the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2008.

1996 Green Bay Packers season

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Super Bowl XXXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1996 season.
Green Bay beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI to win their third Super Bowl and twelfth NFL Championship.

Brett Favre

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After 24 mostly dismal seasons since Vince Lombardi left, the Packers' fortunes turned after head coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Brett Favre joined the team in 1992.
He led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championship Games, and two Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII.

Bill Parcells

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After four losing seasons, the Patriots' rise began in 1993 when Bill Parcells was hired as head coach, and the team drafted quarterback Drew Bledsoe.
Once again, Parcells changed the fortunes for the team and led them to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXI during his fourth season as their coach, although the game ended in defeat for the Patriots.

Drew Bledsoe

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After four losing seasons, the Patriots' rise began in 1993 when Bill Parcells was hired as head coach, and the team drafted quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Tight end Ben Coates also became a major contributor as a favorite target of quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was taken with the #1 overall pick in the 1993 draft.
Under his tenure as starting quarterback, the Patriots ended a seven-season postseason drought, qualified for the playoffs four times, and appeared in Super Bowl XXXI.

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The game was played on January 26, 1997 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Desmond Howard

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But on the ensuing kickoff, Desmond Howard returned the ball a then-Super Bowl record 99 yards for a touchdown.
Howard was voted the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXXI, winning over the New England Patriots and he is the first and currently the only special teams player to win the award.

Fox NFL

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This was the first Super Bowl broadcast by Fox under its first contract to carry NFL games.
Fox's coverage, in addition to being able to televise NFC regular season and playoff games, also included the exclusive U.S. television rights to Super Bowl XXXI (held in 1997) under the initial contract, which took effect with the 1994 season.

Bill Belichick

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In the offseason, Parcells hired his old Giants defensive coordinator, Bill Belichick, as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.
He then rejoined Parcells, first in New England, where the team lost Super Bowl XXXI, and later with the New York Jets.

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The Packers then scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, including Favre's then-Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Freeman.
The peak of Freeman's career occurred during his first tenure with the Green Bay Packers including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 over the New England Patriots.

Curtis Martin

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In the third quarter, the Patriots cut the lead to 27–21 off of running back Curtis Martin's 18-yard rushing touchdown.
The Patriots went on to play in Super Bowl XXXI, but lost to the Green Bay Packers.

Fox Broadcasting Company

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This was the first Super Bowl broadcast by Fox under its first contract to carry NFL games.
The initial four-year contract, which Fox bid $1.58 billion to obtain—while CBS offered $295 million per year to retain the rights —also included the exclusive U.S. television rights to Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.

Lawyer Milloy

New England also had a solid secondary, led by defensive backs Willie Clay (72 tackles, a fumble recovery, 4 interceptions, 50 return yards), Ty Law (56 tackles, 3 interceptions, 45 return yards, 1 touchdown), and Lawyer Milloy (54 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions).
On January 26, 1997, Milloy played in Super Bowl XXXI and recorded eight tackles during the Patriots' 35–21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Ben Coates

Tight end Ben Coates also became a major contributor as a favorite target of quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was taken with the #1 overall pick in the 1993 draft.
His efforts helped New England to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XXXI.

LeRoy Butler

Defensive back LeRoy Butler was also a major force, recording 65 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 interceptions for 149 return yards and a touchdown.
He won Super Bowl XXXI with them over the New England Patriots.

William Henderson (American football)

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Although Green Bay's running game did not have any standout backs or Pro Bowlers, running backs Dorsey Levens and Edgar Bennett, and fullback William Henderson were all very good at blocking, running, and receiving.
William Terrelle Henderson (born February 19, 1971) is a former American Football fullback who played twelve seasons for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), with whom he won Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots.

Terry Glenn

Their pass offense, led by Bledsoe and wide receiver Terry Glenn, ranked third in the NFL.
He recorded 90 receptions for 1,132 yards (12.6-yard avg.) and 6 touchdowns in his rookie season, while helping the team reach Super Bowl XXXI.

Dorsey Levens

Although Green Bay's running game did not have any standout backs or Pro Bowlers, running backs Dorsey Levens and Edgar Bennett, and fullback William Henderson were all very good at blocking, running, and receiving.
He helped the Packers win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots.

Shawn Jefferson

Wide receiver Shawn Jefferson recorded 50 receptions for 771 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In his career, Jefferson appeared in 195 games (along with 12 postseason games), and two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXIX and Super Bowl XXXI).

Don Beebe

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Multi-talented veteran wide receiver Don Beebe was also a constant breakaway threat, catching 39 passes for 606 yards and adding another 403 yards and a touchdown returning kickoffs.
He made two further Super Bowl appearances with the Packers and was part of the team that won Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots.

Mark Chmura

The Packers also had two outstanding tight ends: Pro Bowler Keith Jackson recorded 40 catches for 504 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Mark Chmura had 28 receptions for 370 yards.
He won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers against his hometown team, the New England Patriots.

Robert Kraft

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With that improvement, the team was sold to Robert Kraft in January 1994 for a then-record price of $200 million.
They won AFC East titles in 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; they represented the AFC in the Super Bowl that concluded each of the following seasons: 1996 (lost), 2001 (won), 2003 (won), 2004 (won), 2007 (lost), 2011 (lost), 2014 (won), 2016 (won), 2017 (lost), and 2018 (won).

1996 Carolina Panthers season

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Green Bay then defeated the Carolina Panthers 30–13 in the NFC Championship Game.
The Panthers would then beat the Dallas Cowboys 26–17 before falling 30–13 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.