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XXXI: HOWARD'S RECORD RUNBACK

With the Tampa Bay area hosting the 2009 Super Bowl, we picked 25 memorable moments from past games and asked you to rank them. After more than 1,000 votes, we are counting down to the Feb. 1 game with a look at your picks for the most memorable. See slide shows of the nominees, narrated by legendary announcer Pat Summerall, at superbowlvote.tampabay.com.

THE RESULT: Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21

THE DATE: Jan. 26, 1997

THE PLACE: New Orleans Superdome

THE SITUATION: The Packers had jumped to a 27-14 lead at halftime, fueled by a 54-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Andre Rison on the second play from scrimmage, followed in the opening moments of the second quarter by an 81-yard touchdown strike from Favre to Antonio Freeman. But New England fought its way back into the game with 3:27 left in the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by tailback Curtis Martin, cutting the deficit to 27-21.

THE MOMENT: Any hopes of a Patriot comeback were dashed on the ensuing kickoff, with Green Bay's Desmond Howard busting into the open and returning the kick for a Super Bowl-record 99 yards. A two-point conversion pass to tight end Mark Chmura was good, and the Pack cruised to victory thanks to Howard's heroics. In the process, he became the only special-teams player ever to earn the MVP award.

information from NFL.com was used in this report.

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