New England Patriots Epic Moments

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Feb. 3, 2002
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Feb. 3, 2002

After two previous Super Bowl losses in the Patriots' history, the third time was the charm. In Super Bowl XXXVI, New England was quarterbacked by a sixth-round draft pick in relative unknown Tom Brady and was up against the Rams, winners of the game two seasons before, and known as "The Greatest Show on Turf." No one expected the two touchdown underdogs to do much, let alone win, but a 48-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal as time expired won the Pats their first title, 20-17.

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