Favre led the Pack back
Jan. 26, 1997 - As an NFL newcomer, Brett Favre frequently saw his decision-making ability criticized. In his first Super Bowl, the matured Green Bay quarterback twice turned audibles into big plays against New England at the Superdome in New Orleans.
On the Packers' second offensive play, he sensed a blitz from the Patriots and switched from a quick tight end pass to a deep post for Andre Rison. The wide receiver evaded Otis Smith, caught Favre's perfect pass and cruised into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown.
"I knew if I got the protection, that he would beat his guy," Favre said. "And that's exactly what happened."
In the second quarter, Favre put the Packers ahead to stay, 17-14. At his 19-yard-line, he saw the Patriots in single coverage against three wide receivers and audibled to a better pass-blocking scheme. Antonio Freeman broke free from rookie safety Lawyer Milloy at the line and Favre hit him along the right sideline for an 81-yard touchdown, the longest Super Bowl score from scrimmage.
Favre threw for 213 yards in the first half and also ran for a two-yard touchdown in helping the Packers to a 27-14 lead. He finished 14-of-27 for 246 yards with no interceptions, and Green Bay won its first Super Bowl in 29 years, 35-21.
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