Tremendous Bowl XXXI was performed on Jan. 26, 1997, on the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Inexperienced Bay Packers, the NFC champions, confronted off in opposition to the New England Patriots, the AFC champions.
Tremendous Bowl XXXI marked the return of the Packers to the massive recreation after a 29-year absence, the Packers received the primary two Tremendous Bowls and beforehand received 9 NFL championships earlier than the Tremendous Bowl period.
The Packers (13-3) received their division after which defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers (within the NFC championship recreation). Again-to-back MVP quarterback Brett Favre led the offense, finishing 325 passes for 3,899 yards and 39 touchdowns. And the protection was led by defensive finish Reggie White, who recorded 13 sacks, and defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur.
The Patriots (11-5) received their division after which defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars (within the AFC championship recreation). Quarterback Drew Bledsoe led the offense, finishing 326 passes for 4,086 yards and 27 touchdowns, and the protection was strong, led by linebacker Willie McGinest, who recorded 9.5 sacks.
Tremendous Bowl XXXI was a one-sided affair, with the Packers dominating in a 35-21 win. Favre threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and Desmond Howard, the Tremendous Bowl MVP, returned a kickoff for a Tremendous Bowl-record 99 yards.
The win marked the Packers’ twelfth NFL championship and third Tremendous Bowl victory, solidifying their standing as some of the profitable groups in NFL historical past.