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Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) featured the Carolina Panthers versus the New England Patriots. The Panthers were making their first ever Super Bowl appearance after posting an 11 and 5 regular season record. The Patriots were seeking their second Super Bowl title in three years after posting a 14 and 2 record. This game is noted for its unusual scoring pattern between the teams. Ninety percent of the first half and all of the third quarter were scoreless. Twenty-four points were scored in the last 3 minutes of the first half. A record 37 points were scored in the fourth quarter. late in the the second quarter, New England faced a third down and 7, but quarterback Tom Brady scrambled 12 yards to the 5 yard line for a first down. Then wide receiver Deion Branch caught a 5 yard touchdown pass from Brady on the next play. Branch's touchdown came after 26:55 had elapsed in the game, setting the record for the longest amount of time a Super Bowl remained scoreless. The Panthers drove down the field on their ensuing possession and tyed the game on a 39 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Smith with just 1:07 left in the half. The Patriots immediately countered with a long pass to Branch, who caught it at the Panthers 14 yard line. Three plays later, Givens caught a 5 yard touchdown from Brady to give New England a 14 to 7 lead with only 18 seconds left in the half. On the next Panthers drive, kicker John Kasay's 50 yard field goal as time expired in the half, cutting Carolina's deficit to 14 to 10. With the third quarter scoreless, Running back Antowain Smith capped off the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run in the early part of the fourth quarter. Panthers running back DeShaun Foster then scored on a 33-yard touchdown run, cutting the Panthers' deficit to 21 to 16. After Brady threw an intercepion, on 3rd down, Delhomme threw for the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history. An 85-yard touchdown completion to Muhammad. Carolina took their first lead of the game, 22 to 21, with 6:53 remaining. Once again the Patriots were faced with third down and goal, but this time they scored with Brady's 1 yard pass to Vrabel. Then on a two-point conversion attempt, running back Kevin Faulk took a direct snap and ran into the end zone to make the score 29 to 22. Panthers wide reciever, Proehl, caught a 12 yard touchdown reception that tied the game, 29 to 29, with 1:08 left. Then, Brady completed a 17 yard pass to Branch. On the next play, Vinatieri kicked a 41 yard field goal to give New England the lead, 32 to 29, with four seconds left in the game.
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