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SUPER BOWL


New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles
Feb. 6, 2005
62º/fair/wind 0-7 mph NE

Simulated by: Jonathan Woog
Game system: PlayStation 2
Game: EA Sports Madden 2005

D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y
Brady and the Patriots are crowned champs


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Two weeks have passed to build up the big game. Two weeks have passed to listen to all the reports about if Terrell Owens was going to play. Two weeks have passed to confirm that the New England Patriots could be considered a dynasty after winning their third Super Bowl in four years.

During the past two weeks, there were many sights and sounds happening in Jacksonville, but there was no talk about the two quarterbacks and the teams’ defenses.

Those aspects, along with both kickers, would be the main factor for this game, a 32-22 victory for the Patriots, solidifying New England as the NFL’s next dynasty.

Much of the hype leading up to the game surrounded the Eagles’ wide receivers, from how Owens would recover from his broken ankle and Freddie Mitchell’s trash-talking. And how would Mitchell’s comments that he didn’t know any of the Patriots’ secondary names affect his and the Patriots’ play?

Well … Owens did play and Mitchell found out how stifling the Patriots secondary can be, only catching two passes for 19 yards.

Both teams had the Super Bowl jitters early on, as Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb threw a pick to Pats cornerback Asante Samuel on the first play of Philly’s opening drive. However, Patriots QB Tom Brady returned the favor, as he fumbled on New England’s third play of its first drive, which Eagles defensive end Derrick Burgess recovered.

So, it turned to the feet of the two best kickers in the game to provide some scoring. And if you love a kicking game, then Super Bowl XXXIX was right up your alley. It seemed as if New England’s Adam Vinatieri and Philadelphia’s David Akers had their own competition of who could kick the most (and longest) field goals. The first half was a show of feet, as Vinatieri and Akers traded field goals. Akers hit a 56-yard field goal, but not to be outdone, Vinatieri hit two 54-yard field goals as the half ended tied 9-9.

The second half was a different story, as Brady methodically led the Patriots down the field to let running back Corey Dillon have the honor of scoring the first touchdown by breaking off a four-yard run to the left side.

It also seems as if New England’s defense always turns up their play a notch in the second half and it showed, as the Pats held Philadelphia scoreless in the third quarter.

Owens finally made his presence felt in the fourth quarter, scoring his first of two touchdowns coming off a 90-yard pass from McNabb. Owens scorched the coverage—bum ankle and all—and soared down the field for the touchdown, but it was too late for a miracle comeback. Vinatieri put the game out of reach with three clutch field goals—all from long distance (53, 38 and 38 yards).

As the seconds wound down, you could be sure that New England’s free safety and Super Bowl MVP Eugene Wilson (seven tackles and two interceptions) showed Eagles WR Mitchell his name one last time.

For Eagles fans there could only be hope for next year, and for Patriots fans, they could hold up three fingers—for the three Super Bowls their team has won. Now, that’s a dynasty.


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Patriots 32, Eagles 22
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2
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FINAL
New England
3
6
10
13
32
Philadephia
3
6
0
13
22




SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
NE—FG Vinatieri 36
PHI—FG Akers 52
Second Quarter
NE—FG Vinatieri 54
PHI—FG Akers 21
PHI—FG Akers 44
NE—FG Vinatieri 54
Third Quarter
NE—Dillon 4 run (Vinatieri kick)
NE—FG Vinatieri 53
Fourth Quarter
NE—Givens 6 pass from Brady (Vinatieri kick)
PHI—Owens 90 pass from McNabb (Akers kick)
NE —FG Vinatieri 38
NE—FG Vinatieri 38
PHI—Owens 4 pass from McNabb (pass failed)


TEAM STATISTICS

NE
PHI
Total Offense
357
369
Rushing yards
67
74
Passing yards
290
295
First Downs
24
11

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing—New England, Dillon 32-58, Faulk 3-13, Pass 1-3, Brady 2-(-7). Philadelphia, Westbrook 34-55, McNabb 2-15, Levens 1-4, Parry 1-0.
Passing—New England, Brady 30-65-4 290. Philadelphia, McNabb 19-44-3 295.
Receiving—New England, Branch 9-104, Givens 7-49, Graham 5-59, Brown 4-37, Pass 3-12, Patten 2-29. Philadelphia, Smith 7-96, Owens 6-143, Levens 2-24, Mitchell 2-19, McMullen 1-7, Pinkston 1-6.