TIAA Bank Field
Deion Branch and one of his 11 catches
Deion Branch and Tarrell Owens at the end of the Game
Tom Brady During the Game
The Patriots Defense Celebrating after a turnover
Backstory and Context
Super Bowl XXXIX was held in Jacksonville Florida in 2005. The stadium that hosted the game was TIAA Bank Field. The game was between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles came into the game with one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Patriots had been one of the NFL's best all around teams. It was set up to be one of the most entertaining super bowls.
The Patriots came into the game with a league best record of 14-2. The eagles came into the game with a very respectable 13-3 record. In the first quarter both teams were feeling each other out like heavy weight boxers. The first quarter was scoreless and resembled a slug fest. In the second quarter is where the scoring started. The Patriots scored a touchdown and that was answered by a touchdown from the eagles to tie the game.
The halftime score of the game was 7-7. The low scoring affair carried into the third quarter. Both teams still seemingly feeling each other out. Both teams scored one touchdown in the third quarter making the scored tied at 14-14 going into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter is always where Tom Brady shined which is what made him the greatest quarterback of all time. He shined in this fourth quarter like usual and put up 10 unanswered points making the score 24-10.
After the Patriots pulled ahead the eagles attempted to stage a comeback. They scored a touchdown late in the fourth to make the game 24-21. With 1:38 left in the game the patriots got the ball back and secured the win 24-21. The win marked the 3rd super bowl victory for Tom Brady is 4 years. The first team to do that since the Cowboys. This victory started the dynasty of the Patriots.
The Super Bowl MVP of this game wasn't Tom Brady but Deion Branch. Deion put up 133 yards receiving and a super bowl tying record of 11 catches. Tom Brady's performance was also very good. He went 23-33, threw for 236 yards, and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. This win gave Tom Brady his third Super Bowl ring and is one of his greatest performances. This moved Brady 1 Super Bowl ring away from tying his childhood hero Joe Montana who had 4 super bowl rings, the most by any starting quarterback.
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