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Looking Back: Patriots defeat the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII

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As the Carolina Panthers appear in the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history, we’ll take a look back at their loss in their first Super Bowl appearance. The Panthers were defeated by the New England Patriots 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1, 2004 from Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The Patriots were a 7-point favorite coming into the game. Tom Brady won the MVP in front of 71,525 in attendance.

Adam Vinateri made a game-winning 41-yard field goal with four seconds left in the game to give the Patriots a 32-29 lead.

The Panthers tied the game at 29 each when Ricky Proehl caught a 12-yard touchdown reception from Jake Delhomme with 1:08 in the game.

The Patriots took a 29-22 lead when Mike Vrabel caught a one-yard touchdown from Brady. Kevin Faulk then rushed into the end zone for a two-point conversion.

The Panthers had a 22-21 lead when Delhomme hit Muhsin Muhammad with an 85-yard touchdown reception. However, the Panthers two-point conversion pass failed.

DeShaun Foster scored on a 33-yard rushing touchdown to cut the Patriots lead to 21-16. Again, the Panthers two-point conversion pass attempt failed.

The Patriots led 21-10 when Antowain Smith scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown seconds into the quarter.

As time expired for the first half, Panthers kicker John Kasay made a 50-yard field goal to cut the teal to 14-10. Just seconds before Kasay’s field goal, the Patriots scored with 18 seconds left when Brady hit David Givens for a five-yard touchdown for the 14-7 lead.

Steve Smith tied the game at 7 when he caught a 39-yard touchdown reception from Delhomme with 1:07 left in the second quarter. Deion Branch gave the Patriots the 7-0 lead when he scored on a five-yard touchdown reception with 3:05 left in the quarter.

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