Super Bowl – Disney Style

February 1, 2014

In 2004, Super Bowl XXXVIII was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas.  The teams were the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers.


NFL fans and sports writers widely consider this game one of the most well-played and thrilling Super Bowls; Sports Illustrated writer Peter King hailed it as the “Greatest Super Bowl of all time.” 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. The final score was 32-29.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in three years. He set a Super Bowl record for the most pass completions (32), completing 66.7 percent of his passes and accumulating 354 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 12 rushing yards. After the game Tom exclaimed “I’m going to Disney World!” (I only found the video from him saying it in 2002 after New England Defeated the St. Louis Rams.)

In 2009, Super Bowl XLIII was played in Tampa Bay, Florida at Raymond James Stadium.  The game featured the Pittsburgh Steelers battling the Arizona Cardinals for the NFL Championship.

Pittsburgh jumped to a 17–7 halftime lead, aided by linebacker James Harrison’s Super Bowl record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. Trailing 20–7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Arizona scored 16 unanswered points, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown reception, to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. But the Steelers marched 78 yards to score on wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ 6-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left.  Pittsburgh will go on to win the game 27-23.  Holmes, who caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 73 yards on that final game-winning drive, was named Super Bowl MVP. He became the sixth wide receiver to win the award, and also was the third Pittsburgh receiver to win the award, following Lynn Swann and Hines Ward. Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers shouted their “We’re going to Disney World” on the field following the conclusion of the game.

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