CNNSI.com NFL Playoffs 2001 NFL Playoffs 2001


  Posted: Tuesday January 29, 2002 5:36 PM

The following Super Bowls were played in New Orleans:
IV: Vikings-Chiefs VI: Cowboys-Dolphins IX: Steelers-Vikings XII: Cowboys-Broncos
XV: Raiders-Eagles XX: Bears-Patriots XXIV: Niners-Broncos XXXI: Patriots-Packers

SUPER BOWL IV
Jan. 11, 1970 | Attendance: 80,562
1 2 3 4 F
Minnesota
Vikings
0 0 7 0 7
Kansas City
Chiefs
3 13 7 0 23
The AFL squared the Super Bowl with the NFL at two games apiece. The Chiefs built a 16-0 halftime lead behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud's three field goals.

The Vikings, who gained 222 yards rushing in the NFL Championship Game against Cleveland, managed just 67 yards on the ground against Kansas City.

Dawson, the fourth consecutive quarterback to be named the game's Most Valuable Player, completed 12 of 17 passes for 142 yards.

Despite commiting five turnovers, Minnesota got right back in the game on Dave Osborn's short TD plunge in the third quarter. But the Chiefs answered as Dawson hit Otis Taylor for 46 yards for the final score of the game.

SUPER BOWL VI
Jan. 16, 1972 | Attendance: 81,023
1 2 3 4 F
Dallas
Cowboys
3 7 7 7 24
Miami
Dolphins
0 3 0 0 3
After a near-miss in Super Bowl V, the Cowboys thoroughly dominated the Dolphins. Led by Duane Thomas, the Cowboys used a punishing ground attack in setting a Super Bowl record of 252 yards rushing.

Leading only 10-3 at the half, the Cowboys marched 71 yards to start the third quarter and scored on a three-yard run by Thomas, who finished the game with 95 yards on 19 carries.

Chuck Howley's interception of a Bob Griese pass set up Dallas' final score, a 7-yard pass from Roger Staubach to Mike Ditka.

Dallas controlled the ball most of the game, running off 69 offensive plays to Miami's 44 plays.

Miami became the first team to not score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Staubach, voted the game's Most Valuable Player, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two TDs.

SUPER BOWL IX
Jan. 12, 1975 | Attendance: 80,997
1 2 3 4 F
Pittsburgh
Steelers
0 2 7 7 16
Minnesota
Vikings
0 0 0 6 6
Pittsburgh totally shut down Minnesota's offense to hand the Vikings their third Super Bowl defeat.

In beating Oakland for the AFC title, Pittsburgh held the Raiders to 29 yards rushing. The Vikings didn't reach that total. On 21 rushing plays, Minnesota managed a net of 17 yards.

Yet, Minnesota trailed only 2-0 at the half, the result of a safety when Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton botched a pitchout deep in his own territory. Tarkenton fell on the ball in the endzone and was pounced upon by Steelers defensive end Dwight White.

The Steelers got another break at the start of the second half when the Vikings' Bill Brown muffed the kickoff and Pittsburgh's Marv Kellum recovered on the Vikings' 30. Four plays later, Franco Harris scored from 12 yards out and Pittsburgh led 9-0.

Minnesota narrowed the margin to three points at 4:27 of the fourth quarter when Matt Blair blocked Bobby Walden's punt and Terry Brown recovered in the end zone. But the Steelers came right back on a 66-yard march culminating in a four-yard pass from Terry Bradshaw to Larry Brown.

Harris, the game's MVP, set a Super Bowl rushing record with 158 yards on 34 carries and led a Steelers offense which outgained Minnesota, 333-119.

SUPER BOWL XII
Jan. 15, 1978 | Attendance: 75,583
1 2 3 4 F
Dallas
Cowboys
10 3 7 7 27
Denver
Broncos
0 0 10 0 10
Dallas evened its Super Bowl record at 2-2 by taking advantage of eight Bronco turnovers. The Cowboys converted two interceptions into 10 points and Efren Herrera added a 35-yard field goal for a 13-0 halftime advantage.

After Denver's Jim Turner kicked a 47-yard field goal, Dallas wide receiver Butch Johnson made a diving catch in the end zone to complete a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach and put the Cowboys ahead 20-3.

Denver again cut the lead to 10, this time on a 1-yard run by Rob Lytle. But with 7:04 to play fulback Robert Newhouse tossed a 29-yard option pass to Golden Richards for the final score of the game.

Staubach completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards with no interceptions. For the first time there were co-MVPs of the Super Bowl. The award was shared by defensive linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin of Dallas.

SUPER BOWL XV
Jan. 25, 1981 | Attendance: 76,135
1 2 3 4 F
Oakland
Raiders
14 0 10 3 27
Philadelphia
Eagles
0 3 0 7 10
Jim Plunkett's two first-quarter touchdown passes, including a Super Bowl-record 80-yard strike to running back Kenny King, led the Raiders to a 27-10 victory against the Eagles.

Philadelphia, which had defeated Oakland 10-7 several weeks earlier, never got untracked until late in the third quarter. Linebacker Rod Martin set up Oakland's first touchdown, with his first of three interceptions.

Before the first quarter ended the Raiders upped their lead to 14-0 when Plunkett hit King near the midfield to record the longest play in Super Bowl history. In all, Plunkett completed 13 of 21 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns. The game capped a storybook season for Plunkett, the game's MVP.

He took over the reins of the Raider offense and won nine of the last 11 regular-season games. In the playoffs the Raiders beat Houston, San Diego and Cleveland en route to becoming the first wild-card team ever to win the Super Bowl.

SUPER BOWL XX
Jan. 26, 1986 | Attendance: 73,818
1 2 3 4 F
Chicago
Bears
13 10 21 2 46
New England
Patriots
3 0 0 7 10
Chicago won its first NFL championship since 1963 by setting a Super Bowl-record for points scored in defeating the Patriots 46-10. The NFC champion, who won by the largest margain in Super Bowl history, broke the old record for points in a game set by San Francisco and the Los Angeles Raiders in the previous two Super Bowls.

The Patriots, capitalized on a Chicago fumble to score the quickest points in Super Bowl history on Tony Franklin's field goal. Chicago then scored 44 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

The Bears' defense, who allowed only 10 points in post-season play, held New England to seven yards rushing and 116 yards passing.

Jim McMahon, who passed for 256 yards, became the first quarterback to rush for two touchdowns. Richard Dent, who contributed 1 1/2 sacks, was named the Most Valuable Player

SUPER BOWL XXIV
Jan. 28, 1990 | Attendance: 72,919
1 2 3 4 F
San Francisco
49ers
13 14 14 14 55
Denver
Broncos
3 0 7 0 10
San Francisco routed Denver 55-10 in the most lopsided Super Bowl victory ever.

The 49ers' became the first repeat NFL champion in a decade and tied Pittsburgh as a pinnacle of Super Bowl perfection with four wins in four tries. The Broncos, on the other hand, lost their fourth Super Bowl.

San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana had record five touchdown passes, three to Jerry Rice, and also set a record with 13 consecutive pass completions. Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and Rice caught seven passes for 148 yards.

Montana also set five Super Bowl career records, including his third Super Bowl MVP award and San Francisco's point total was the most ever.

SUPER BOWL XXXI
Jan. 26, 1997 | Attendance: 72,301
1 2 3 4 F
New England
Patriots
14 0 7 0 21
Green Bay
Packers
10 17 8 0 35
Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and ran for one as the Packers won their first Super Bowl in 29 years. The big play was Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return in the third quarter.

Howard, the game's MVP, set a Super Bowl record with 244 total return yards.

On the second play from scrimmage, Favre hit Andre Rison with a 54-yard touchdown pass.

Following a Doug Evans interception, the Packers went ahead 10-0 just 6:18 into the game. The Patriots came back with two scores in the quarter, Drew Bledsoe passes to Keith Byars and Ben Coates, to take their only lead of the game.

Green Bay scored 56 seconds into the second quarter as Favre hit Antonio Freeman with a Super Bowl-record 81-yard touchdown pass. Favre later scored on a 2-yard run to give the Packers a 27-14 halftime lead.

New England closed the gap on Curtis Martin's 18-yard run late in the third quarter. Howard took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards to break the Patriots' momentum.

The Packers' defense took over in the fourth quarter, intercepting Bledsoe twice, and preventing the Patriots from passing midfield in four possessions.

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