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Super Bowl XXXVIIITom Brady, Super Bowl XXXVIII MVP. On February 1, 2004, the AFC champion New England Patriots squared off against the NFC's Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Houston for Super Bowl XXXVIII. This was the first Super Bowl appearance for the Panthers. For the Patriots, it was a return engagement. Two years before, they had defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 on a 48 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time ran out.

The first half, with aggressive defensive play and several missed scoring opportunities, ended with the New England Patriots up 14-10. After a scoreless third quarter, there was an explosion of offense from both teams. A touchdown pass from Panthers QB Jake Delhomme to Ricky Proehl and an extra point by John Kasay tied the score at 29-29 with 1:08 remaining. Helped by an out-of-bounds kickoff that placed the ball on the Patriots' 40 yard line, Brady then piloted a drive that moved New England into field goal range. With .04 left on the clock, Vinatieri split the uprights and the Patriots eked out a 32-29 victory.

In addition to standout performances by Brady and Vinatieri, the Patriots' got big contributions from their backs and receivers. Antowain Smith ran for 83 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown. Kevin Faulk had 42 yards on six carries. Deion Branch had ten receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown; Troy Brown had 76 yards on 8 receptions; David Givens, 69 yards on 5 catches.

For the second time in three years, New England quarterback Tom Brady was named The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. A clutch big-game performer, here are Tom Brady's Super Bowl XXXVIII Stats.¹

Tom Brady's Super Bowl XXXVIII MVP Stats
Passing Rushing
Year SB Tm OPP Comp Att Yds TD Int Lng Rate Att Yds TD Lng
2003 XXXVIII PATS CAR 32 47 354 3 1 52 102.6 2 12 0 12

The New England Patriots are an NFL team playing in the American Football Conference's East Division. An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season.1

Players on the current roster Patriots include Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. For the complete roster, click here. The Patriots are coached by Bill Belichick.

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