2. Super Bowl XXXVI – Patriots 20, Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVI was a great show by the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams. The Patriots weren’t expected to have any chance at knocking off the “Greatest Show On Turf” after the rough road they took to get to the Super Bowl in the first place.
Kurt Warner and the Rams’ offense was absolutely unstoppable all season long, and it took the Patriots a controversial call against Oakland and beat Pittsburgh due to their sloppy play. Those factors alone made the Patriots an unlikely Super Bowl winner, but they were able to find ways to get the job done. St. Louis was a 14-point favorite, but a last second field-goal by Adam Vinatieri sunk their championship hopes.
This was a classic example of a Super Bowl upset, and helped begin Tom Brady’s legacy. Since then, the Patriots have been a legitimate contender with Brady and Bill Belichick leading the way.
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