This Day In Sports History (February 6th) – Super Bowl XXXIX

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It was on this day in 2005 that the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX by a score of 24-21.  The win gave the Patriots their third Vince Lombardi Trophy in four years.

The Patriots entered the game as the favorites, having lost only two games all season.  As for the Eagles, they had top wide receiver Terrell Owens back in their line-up after he had sustained a serious leg injury on a horse-collar tackle late in the regular season.  Despite not playing in over a month, Owens looked sharp on the field, as he recorded nine receptions for 122 yards.  However, that made him just the second best receiver in this game, as he was outdone by Patriots’ wideout Deion Branch, who recorded 11 receptions for 133 yards.

The game was a close one, as it was tied at the end of each of the first three quarters, but in the final quarter the Patriots scored 10 straight points to take the 24-14 lead.  The Eagles would respond with a touchdown of their own, but that was as close as they came, as Branch earned MVP honors and the Patriots asserted themselves as a dynasty and the “team of the decade.”

Here is a recap of Super Bowl XXXIX.

Notable Birthdays

Kris Humphries, NBA – Born on February 6, 2985 (age 29) in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Darren Bent, EPL – Born on February 6, 1984 (age 30 in Tooting, England

Brodie Croyle, NFL – Born on February 6, 1983 (age 31) in Rainbow City, Alabama

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