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Fiscal responsibility contributed to success

The Panthers' and Patriots' rosters are filled with impact players not commanding high salaries this season.

Updated: January 25, 2004, 7:23 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- If it wouldn't have been regarded as such an outrageous advantage for the New England Patriots, NFL officials just might have considered moving Super Bowl XXXVIII out of Reliant Stadium and into Filene's, the famous Boston department store whose basement level has become a Mecca for bargain-hunters everywhere.

Given the combined thriftiness of the Super Bowl teams, after all, such a setting might have been an appropriate one.

OK, so maybe spending a combined $142 million-plus ...

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