Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League champion for the 2001 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, and the franchise's first league championship of any kind, having suffered three previous losses.
|Date||February 3, 2002|
|Stadium||Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans|
|MVP||Tom Brady, Quarterback|
|Favorite||Rams by 14|
|Future Hall of Famers|
|Patriots: None |
Rams: Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Aeneas Williams
|National anthem||Mariah Carey|
|Coin toss||George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Pat Summerall, John Madden, Pam Oliver and Ron Pitts|
|Nielsen ratings||40.4 |
|Cost of 30-second commercial||$1.9 million|
Super Bowl XXXVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2001 season. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, and the franchise's first league championship of any kind, having suffered three previous losses.
The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, on February 3, 2002. Following the September 11 attacks earlier in the season, the NFL postponed a week of regular season games and moved the league's playoff schedule back. As a result, Super Bowl XXXVI was rescheduled from the original date of January 27 to February 3, becoming the first Super Bowl played in February. Due to heightened security measures following the terrorist attacks, this was the first Super Bowl designated as a National Special Security Event (NSSE) by the Office of Homeland Security (OHS). The OHS would later name each subsequent Super Bowl an NSSE.
This game marked the Rams' third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and the second in three seasons. St. Louis posted an NFL-best 14–2 regular season record, led by quarterback Kurt Warner and "The Greatest Show on Turf" offense. The Patriots clinched their third Super Bowl berth after posting an 11–5 regular season record, led by second-year quarterback Tom Brady and a defense that ended the regular season ranked sixth in scoring.
Although the Rams out-gained the Patriots 427–267 in total yards, New England built a 17–3 third-quarter lead off of three St. Louis turnovers. After a holding penalty in the fourth quarter negated a Patriots fumble return for a touchdown, Warner scored a 2-yard touchdown run and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 17–17 with 1:30 remaining. Without any timeouts, Brady led his team down the field to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri's game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired. Brady, who completed 16 of 27 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, was named Super Bowl MVP.