Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #10 Super Bowl XXXII

John Elway

#10 Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers


John Elway

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Denver Broncos – 31

Green Bay Packers – 24

Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego, California

January 25, 1998

Attendance: 68,912

MVP: Terrell Davis, RB, Denver

Key Play: John Elway’s 8-yard  “helicopter” run to give the Broncos the first down and led to a Terrell Davis touchdown run. Widely considered by many to be Elway’s defining career moment.

Super Bowl XXXII had it all. High powered offenses, legendary quarterbacks, and a well played game that went down to the final seconds. The game was headlined by two quarterbacks who dominated the 90’s and early 2000’s in the NFL.

The Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre were trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions, while the Denver Broncos and John Elway were both looking for their first Super Bowl victory.

The game didn’t disappoint, as it started off with opening drive touchdowns for both teams. Favre led the Packers 76-yards downfield and capped it off with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman. Elway and the Broncos would answer with a 58-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard Terrell Davis touchdown run.

The Broncos would force turnovers on the Packers next two possessions, which they turned into a 17-7 lead. However, Favre would bounce back and complete a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mark Chmura to make the game 17-14 going into halftime.

Super Bowl XXXII was a back and forth masterpiece in which both teams would answer when needed. The Broncos and Packers would find themselves tied 24-24 with just over three minutes remaining.

The Broncos drove down the field and scored on another Terrell Davis rushing touchdown to give them the 31-24 lead. The Packers had one more chance with 1:45 remaining in the game. The Packers reached the Broncos 35-yard line with 1:04 left on the clock, but the Broncos defense was able to shut down the Packers on the next four downs and win Super Bowl XXXII.

Despite having John Elway, Terrell Davis, and Shannon Sharpe on an explosive offense, the Broncos were 11 point underdogs. The Packers became the first team since Super Bowl IV to lose the game after being favored by double digit points. Terrell Davis was the Super Bowl MVP after he rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl record three touchdowns.

Super Bowl XXXII will go down as a great game that cemented John Elway’s status as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game after winning his first Super Bowl ring.

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