Return specialist Desmond Howard led the parade of big plays with a Super Bowl record 99-yard kickoff return and a record 244 combined yards in punts and kickoffs that helped him earn the game's Most Valuable Player award. But Howard wasn't the only one who helped the Packers reclaim the Lombardi Trophy. Brett Favre, Reggie White, Craig Newsome, Andre Rison and Antonio Freeman made it happen against the Patriots like they've done against other teams throughout Green Bay's stellar 16-3 season, the most wins in the club's 78-year annals.
Green Bay finished the season in the Louisiana Superdome by winning its eighth straight game.
"We scored on big plays," said Packers coach Mike Holmgren. "It may have looked easy, but there's a lot of thought, planning and execution that went into those things, but we really struggled running the ball against their great defense."
New England entered the game having given up only 73 points in its previous seven games. The Patriots finished the regular season ranked sixth against the run and 28th against the pass.
But the Packers outscored the Patriots 17-0 in the second quarter, highlighted by a Super Bowl record 81-yard touchdown pass from Favre to Freeman.
The Patriots closed to 27-21, but Howard's 99-yard return on the ensuing kickoff and White's consecutive sacks of Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe on second and third down late in the third quarter thwarted New England's comeback attempt.