2004 Super Bowl Champions

How sweet it is. An amazing game. While I’m currently suffering the effects of my worst cold in years, the smile can’t be wiped off my face. All the national pundits who thought this game would be a sleeper awaken today with plenty of egg on their faces. The Panthers put on quite a show, with Jake Delhomme connecting on several just perfect passes to make the Patriots and their fans squirm this one out. But Tom Brady and Adam Vinatieri come through in the end, just as they always do, and take the lead back for good with four seconds remaining. Bob Ryan says this might be the best Super Bowl ever played.

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Who are we to argue with that statement? Tom Curran has run out of superlatives for this team, and definitively calls this game the greatest Super Bowl of all time. Michael Felger says it just couldn’t have happened any other way, with Brady coming through when it counted the most. Michael Smith looks at a surprising shootout at Reliant Stadium. Dan Shaughnessy seems like he might’ve actually enjoyed the win, but still manages to remind us of the Red Sox. There’s something seriously wrong there. Alan Greenberg looks at the Patriots overcoming a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes to pull this one out in the end. Ron Borges says that the Patriots barely survived, but that survival was all that was needed last night. Weren’t they “barely surviving” almost every week this year? Mike Reiss looks at a win for the ages, delivered by clutch performers. Jackie MacMullan says there is no doubt that Adam Vinatieri is Mr Clutch. Karen Guregian says that Tom Brady cemented his place as a legend with his performance last night. Jim Donaldson is amused that the Panthers tried to ice Adam Vinatieri. Kevin Mannix says the offensive line delivered big time against the front four of the Panthers. Bill Reynolds says the Patriots have erased any possible lingering doubts about their greatness. Michael Holley agrees wholeheartedly. Wonder if Belichick had some gin and juice with Snoop Dogg after the game… Lenny Megliola is enjoying it even more the second time around. Jeff Jacobs lauds Vinatieri and Brady as a pair who have it together.

Nick Cafardo and Dan Ventura look at a huge game (10 catches, 143 yards) from Deion Branch. Michael Parente has a look at the Patriots toughest game of the season. Rich Thompson looks at another strong Super Bowl performance from Antowain Smith. Kevin Paul Dupont writes about Brady getting it done once again. Vin Sylvia thinks that we could used to this. John Powers says the drive to the game winner went like clockwork. Ian M. Clark says the Patriots made Houston their second home. Mike Reiss and Steve Buckley look at the play that got linebacker Mike Vrabel a touchdown on offense. Bob Ryan says that Christian Fauria is officially a New Englander now. His pipes froze, and he won a Super Bowl. Carolyn Thornton has another piece on Vinatieri. Gus Martins catches up with Tedy Bruschi after the game.

Smith’s notebook looks at the play of the offensive line and says that Ty Law may actually end up being underpaid. Felger’s notebook looks at the injuries to the Patriots safeties, which had them both out of the game at the end. Curran’s notebook has the Patriots considering their place in history.

Bill Griffith says the network got what they wanted from this event. Randy Lange says the telecast was not as great as the game was. Joanna Weiss was not impressed with the halftime show. In fact, CBS has apologized for the “R” rated incident at the end of the halftime show.

I’ve posted the link to the Super Bowl DVD from NFL Films in this post. If you’re going to buy it, it would be great if you could click on the link here to order it. This years edition will have the entire game on it, rather than just highlights like the Super Bowl 36 DVD had.