Su­per Bowl

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

WHILE this year’s Su­per Bowl was very one sided, The Su­per Bowl back in Fe­bru­ary 2004 was a dif­fer­ent story. The Pa­tri­ots de­feated the Pan­thers by the score of 32-29, mak­ing it a much more ex­cit­ing game to watch. The win made it their sec­ond Su­per Bowl in three years. The game was played at Re­liant Sta­dium in Hous­ton, Texas on Fe­bru­ary 1, 2004. At the time this was the most watched Su­per Bowl ever with 144.4 mil­lion view­ers. The Pan­thers were mak­ing their first ever Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ance af­ter post­ing an 115 regular sea­son record. The Pa­tri­ots were seek­ing their sec­ond Su­per Bowl ti­tle in three years af­ter post­ing a 142 record. NFL fans and sports writ­ers widely con­sider this game one of the most well-played and thrilling Su­per Bowls. Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady was named Su­per Bowl MVP for the sec­ond time in three years. Although nei­ther team could score in the first and third quar­ters, they both ended up with a com­bined to­tal of 868 yards and 61 points. The game was score­less for a Su­per Bowl record 26:55 be­fore the two teams com­bined for 24 points prior to half­time. The clubs then com­bined for a Su­per Bowl record 37 points in the fourth quar­ter. The con­test was fi­nally de­cided on New Eng­land kicker Adam Vi­natieri’s 41-yard field goal with four sec­onds left. He set a Su­per Bowl record for the most pass com­ple­tions (32), com­plet­ing 66.7 per cent of his passes and ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 354 pass­ing yards, 3 touch­downs, and 12 rush­ing yards. The game is also known for its con­tro­ver­sial half­time show in which Janet Jack­son’s breast, adorned with a nip­ple shield, was ex­posed by Justin Tim­ber­lake for about half a sec­ond, in what was later re­ferred to as a ‘wardrobe mal­func­tion’’. Along with the rest of the half­time show, it led to an im­me­di­ate crack­down by the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion, and wide­spread de­bate on per­ceived in­de­cency in broad­cast­ing. But Janet and Justin were not the only ex­cite­ment for the game – just be­fore the start of the sec­ond half, a British streaker, Mark Roberts, ran onto the field dis­guised as a ref­eree, un­dressed, and per­formed a dance wear­ing only a thong. He was tack­led by Pa­tri­ots line­backer Matt Chatham and ar­rested. It is cus­tom­ary for Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion to avoid broad­cast­ing such events, but it was later shown on Let­ter­man.

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