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Super Bowl: Through the years

The Super Bowl is a yearly media madhouse. See how The World-Herald sports section's front pages portrayed each of the Super Bowl victories won by those players celebrated in our Mt. Rushmore of Super Bowl QBs. From 1967 to 2005, as the football games themselves have evolved, so have the front pages that brought the results to the readers.

Super Bowl XXXIX: Tom Brady

Key facts:
>> When: Feb. 7, 2005
>> Final: New England 24, Philadelphia 21

Highlights: Deion Branch had 11 receptions for 133 yards and the Patriots’ defense forced four turnovers en route to becoming the eighth team to post consecutive Super Bowl titles. The Patriots matched the Dallas Cowboys (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX) as the only teams with three Super Bowl victories in the span of four seasons. The Eagles threatened first, driving to the Patriots’ 8 late in the first quarter. On first down, Mike Vrabel sacked Donovan McNabb for a 16-yard loss and, after a penalty overturned an interception, Rodney Harrison stepped in front of a pass for an interception at the Patriots’ 4.

Brady's stat line: Brady was 23 of 33 for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Tom Brady

Key facts:
>> When: Feb. 1, 2004
>> Final: New England 32, Carolina 29

Highlights: Adam Vinatieri kicked a 41-yard field goal with four seconds remaining as the Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons. While it took a Super-Bowl record 26 minutes and 55 seconds for the first points to be scored, the teams combined for 868 yards (481 by New England) and the game also featured the highest scoring quarter (combined 37 points in the fourth).

Brady's stat line: Brady, who earned Most Valuable Player honors, was 16 of 27 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Warner was 28 of 44 for 365 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions.

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Super Bowl XXXVI: Tom Brady

Key facts:
>> When: Feb. 3, 2002
>> Final: New England 20, St. Louis 17

Highlights: Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard field goal as time expired gave the New England Patriots their first Super Bowl title. The Rams outgained the Patriots 427-267 in total yards, but the Patriots forced three turnovers, which resulted in 17 points, while committing no turnovers.

Brady's stat line: Brady, who earned Most Valuable Player honors, was 16 of 27 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Warner was 28 of 44 for 365 yards and one touchdown, with two interceptions.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl XXXIII: John Elway

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 31, 1999
>> Final: Denver 34, Atlanta 19

Highlights: John Elway, in his last game, passed for 336 yards and ran for a touchdown to earn most valuable player honors as the Broncos became the first AFC team to win consecutive Super Bowls since the Steelers won XIII and XIV.

Elway's stat line: Elway was 18 of 29 for 336 yards and one touchdown, with an interception.

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Super Bowl XXXII: John Elway

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 25, 1998
>> Final: Denver 31, Green Bay 24

Highlights: Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl-record three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to their first NFL championship and break the NFC's streak of Super Bowl victories at 13.

Elway's stat line: Elway was 12 of 22 for 123 yards, with an interception.

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Super Bowl XXIV: Joe Montana

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 28 1990
>> Final: San Francisco 55, Denver 10

Highlights: NFC titlist San Francisco won its fourth Super Bowl championship with a 55-10 victory over AFC champion Denver. San Francisco's 55 points broke the previous Super Bowl scoring mark of 46 points by Chicago in Super Bowl XX. San Francisco scored touchdowns on four of its six first-half possessions to hold a 27-3 lead at halftime.

Montana's stat line: San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana was named the Super Bowl most valuable player for a record third time. Montana completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and a Super Bowl-record five touchdowns.

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Super Bowl XXIII: Joe Montana

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 22, 1989
>> Final: San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16

Highlights: NFC champion San Francisco captured its third Super Bowl of the 1980s by defeating AFC champion Cincinnati 20-16. Even though San Francisco held an advantage in total net yards (453 to 229), the 49ers found themselves trailing the Bengals late in the game. The 49ers started their winning drive at their 8-yard line. Over the next 11 plays, San Francisco covered 92 yards with the decisive score coming on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Joe Montana to wide receiver John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining.

Montana's stat line: Montana completed 23 of 36 passes for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards and two touchdowns.

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Super Bowl XIX: Joe Montana

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 20, 1985
>> Final: San Francisco 38, Miami 16

Highlights: The San Francisco 49ers captured their second Super Bowl title with a dominating offense and a defense that tamed Miami's explosive passing attack. Running back Roger Craig set a Super Bowl record by scoring three touchdowns on pass receptions of eight and 16 yards and a run of two yards. Craig had 58 yards on 15 carries and caught seven passes for 77 yards.

Montana's stat line: San Francisco's Joe Montana was voted the game's most valuable player. He joined Green Bay's Bart Starr and Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw as the only two-time Super Bowl most valuable players. Montana completed 24 of 35 passes for a Super Bowl-record 331 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed five times for 59 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl XVI: Joe Montana

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 24, 1982
>> Final: San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21

Highlights: Ray Wersching's Super Bowl record-tying four field goals and Joe Montana's controlled passing helped lift the San Francisco 49ers to their first NFL championship with a 26-21 victory over Cincinnati.

Montana's stat line: Montana, the game's most valuable player, completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl XIV: Terry Bradshaw

Key facts:
>> When: January 20, 1980
>> Final: Pittsburgh 31, Los Angeles 19

Highlights: Despite three interceptions by the Rams, Terry Bradshaw kept his poise and brought the Steelers from behind twice in the second half.

Bradshaw's stat line: Terry Bradshaw completed 14 of 21 passes for 309 yards and set two passing records as the Steelers became the first team to win four Super Bowls. Bradshaw, the game's most valuable player for the second straight year, set career Super Bowl records for most touchdown passes (9) and most passing yards (932).

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl XIII: Terry Bradshaw

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 21, 1979
>> Final: Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31

Highlights: Terry Bradshaw passed for a record four touchdowns to lead the Steelers to victory. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls, mostly because of Bradshaw's accurate arm.

Bradshaw's stat line: Bradshaw, voted the game's most valuable player, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards, a personal high. Four of those passes went for touchdowns – two to John Stallworth and the third, with 26 seconds remaining in the second period, to Rocky Bleier for a 21-14 halftime lead.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl X: Terry Bradshaw

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 18, 1976
>> Final: Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17

Highlights: The Steelers won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row on Terry Bradshaw's 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and an aggressive defense that snuffed out a late rally by the Cowboys with an end-zone interception on the final play of the game.

Bradshaw's stat line: Bradshaw went 9 for 19 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl IX: Terry Bradshaw

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 12, 1975
>> Final: Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6

Highlights: AFC champion Pittsburgh, in its initial Super Bowl appearance, and NFC champion Minnesota, making a third bid for its first Super Bowl title, struggled through a first half in which the only score was produced by the Steelers' defense when Dwight White downed Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety 7:49 into the second period.

Bradshaw's stat line: Bradshaw was 9 for 14 passing for 96 yards and one touchdown.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl II: Bart Starr

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 14, 1968
>> Final: Green Bay 33, Oakland 14

Highlights: Green Bay, after winning its third consecutive NFL championship, won the Super Bowl title for the second straight year, defeating the AFL champion Raiders in a game that drew the first $3-million gate in football history. The game marked the last for Vince Lombardi as Packers coach, ending nine years at Green Bay in which he won six Western Conference championships, five NFL championships, and two Super Bowls.

Starr's stat line: Bart Starr again was chosen the game's most valuable player as he completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown and directed a Packers' attack that was in control all the way after building a 16-7 halftime lead.

Source: NFL.com (Read more)

Super Bowl I: Bart Starr

Key facts:
>> When: Jan. 15, 1967
>> Final: Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10

Highlights: The Green Bay Packers opened the Super Bowl series by defeating the AFL champion Chiefs behind the passing of Bart Starr, the receiving of Max McGee, and a key interception by all-pro safety Willie Wood.

Starr's stat line: MVP Bart Starr went 16 for 23 passing for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

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