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Published: Feb. 3, 2019 at 12:08 p.m.

Best of Super Bowl XXXVI

Super Bowl XXXVI marked the end of the Greatest Show on Turf and the beginning of one of the most dominant football dynasties in NFL history. With a relatively unknown Tom Brady at the helm, the Patriots stepped onto the Louisiana Superdome field heavy underdogs and left with a 20–17 win over the St. Louis Rams and their first ever world title. Take a look at the best moments from Super Bowl XXXVI as the Patriots and Los Angeles Rams gear up for a rematch of the 2002 title game that started it all.

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  • New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri celebrates his 48-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. At left is teammate Ken Walters. 30

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    Adam Vinatieri

    New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri celebrates his 48-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. At left is teammate Ken Walters.

  • New England Patriots Rod Rutledge (83) and Mike Vrabel, right, celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 29

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    Rod Rutledge, Mike Vrabel

    New England Patriots Rod Rutledge (83) and Mike Vrabel, right, celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walks along the sideline during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 28

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    Bill Belichick

    New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walks along the sideline during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17. 27

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    Tom Brady

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17.

  • St. Louis Rams' Ernie Conwell sits dejectedly in the  confetti shower after the Rams lost Super Bowl XXXVI to the New England Patriots, 20-17, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 26

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    Ernie Conwell

    St. Louis Rams' Ernie Conwell sits dejectedly in the confetti shower after the Rams lost Super Bowl XXXVI to the New England Patriots, 20-17, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots players reach out to touch the Vince Lombardi Trophy after they beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, to win Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 25

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    New England Patriots

    New England Patriots players reach out to touch the Vince Lombardi Trophy after they beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, to win Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • In this Feb. 3, 2002 file photo, Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the FOX broadcast booth at the Louisiana Superdome before Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. 24

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    Pat Summerall, John Madden

    In this Feb. 3, 2002 file photo, Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the FOX broadcast booth at the Louisiana Superdome before Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) intercepts a pass from St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner while intended receiver Isaac Bruce (80) looks on during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 23

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    Ty Law, Isaac Bruce

    New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) intercepts a pass from St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner while intended receiver Isaac Bruce (80) looks on during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz yells at the referees in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. The Rams had to settle for a field goal on the drive. 22

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    Mike Martz

    St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz yells at the referees in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. The Rams had to settle for a field goal on the drive.

  • St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (13) is sacked by New England Patriots defensive end Bobby Hamilton (91) during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 21

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    Kurt Warner, Bobby Hamilton

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner (13) is sacked by New England Patriots defensive end Bobby Hamilton (91) during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten goes high for the touchdown grab in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 20

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    David Patten

    New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten goes high for the touchdown grab in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams during Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Tyoka Jackson (97) fires off a salute after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 19

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    Tyoka Jackson

    St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Tyoka Jackson (97) fires off a salute after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes under pressure by St. Louis Rams' Chidi Ahanotu (72) in the first quarter in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 18

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    Tom Brady, Chidi Ahanotu

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes under pressure by St. Louis Rams' Chidi Ahanotu (72) in the first quarter in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe with his son, Stuart, on his shoulders, gives the number one sign after the Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17, in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 17

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    Drew Bledsoe

    New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe with his son, Stuart, on his shoulders, gives the number one sign after the Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17, in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) is trailed by St. Louis Rams' Isaac Bruce (80)  as he scores a touchdown during second-quarter play of Super Bowl XXXVI at the  Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 16

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    Ty Law, Isaac Bruce

    New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) is trailed by St. Louis Rams' Isaac Bruce (80) as he scores a touchdown during second-quarter play of Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.

  • Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, right, hugs a friend, Darrell Edwards, after New England beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 15

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    Willie McGinest, Darrell Edwards

    Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest, right, hugs a friend, Darrell Edwards, after New England beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after New England beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. Brady was named MVP. 14

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    Tom Brady

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after New England beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. Brady was named MVP.

  • New England Patriots cornerback Otis Smith (45) celebrates on the back of teammate cornerback Ty Law (24) after the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the  Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 13

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    Otis Smith, Ty Law

    New England Patriots cornerback Otis Smith (45) celebrates on the back of teammate cornerback Ty Law (24) after the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots' Fred Coleman celebrates the 20-17 Super Bowl win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 12

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    Fred Coleman

    New England Patriots' Fred Coleman celebrates the 20-17 Super Bowl win over the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • St. Louis Rams' Ricky Proehl dives between New England Patriots defenders Lawyer Milloy (36) and Terrance Shaw (22) into the end zone to tie the score late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 11

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    Ricky Proehl, Lawyer Milloy, Terrance Shaw

    St. Louis Rams' Ricky Proehl dives between New England Patriots defenders Lawyer Milloy (36) and Terrance Shaw (22) into the end zone to tie the score late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) celebrates his interception of St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner's pass for a touchdown in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI with teammate Lawyer Milloy (36) at the  Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 10

    Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Ty Law

    New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law (24) celebrates his interception of St. Louis Rams QB Kurt Warner's pass for a touchdown in the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI with teammate Lawyer Milloy (36) at the Louisiana Superdome Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri kicks his game-winning field goal in the final seconds to beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans. 9

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    Adam Vinatieri

    New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri kicks his game-winning field goal in the final seconds to beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans.

  • St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner walks off the field after the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17. 8

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    Kurt Warner

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner walks off the field after the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17.

  • New England Patriots cornerback Otis Smith celebrates after knocking down a pass intended for St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 7

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    Otis Smith, Torry Holt

    New England Patriots cornerback Otis Smith celebrates after knocking down a pass intended for St. Louis Rams receiver Torry Holt during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • A ticket for Super Bowl XXXVI between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2002 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA. 6

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    Super Bowl XXXVI ticket

    A ticket for Super Bowl XXXVI between the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots on Feb. 3, 2002 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

  • New England Patriots' Ty Law defends a pass in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17. 5

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    Ty Law

    New England Patriots' Ty Law defends a pass in Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams, 20-17.

  • Bono performs amidst a sea of candles at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVI Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. The St. Louis Rams are playing the New England Patriots. 4

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    Bono

    Bono performs amidst a sea of candles at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVI Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. The St. Louis Rams are playing the New England Patriots.

  • St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner looks to pass to Marshall Faulk,  right,  in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 3

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    Kurt Warner

    St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner looks to pass to Marshall Faulk, right, in the first quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates with the Super Bowl trophy after the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans. 2

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    Robert Kraft

    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrates with the Super Bowl trophy after the Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams, 20-17, in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, in New Orleans.

  • New England Patriots' Lawyer Milloy (36) celebrates the Patriots victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the  Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans. 1

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    Lawyer Milloy

    New England Patriots' Lawyer Milloy (36) celebrates the Patriots victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002 in New Orleans.