The Louisiana Superdome’s most recent Super Bowl, on February 3, 2002 was perhaps its most exciting.
The heavily favored St. Louis Rams entered the game looking to win their second championship in three seasons, but it was the New England Patriots who would end up launching a dynasty that day at Super Bowl XXXVI.
The Patriots’ defense stifled the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense for most of the day, but quarterback Kurt Warner rallied late to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
This is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Laura Sullivan. And if it's anything like last year, tomorrow's Super Bowl will reach more than 111 million viewers, in this country alone. And while the game ends for the fans tomorrow night, for players, the effects will likely linger on.
San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh accomplished his coaching plan of trying to make Super Bowl week a normal week for his team both in practice and in preparation.
The players responded by being efficient. On Friday, the 49ers held an 80-minute practice at the New Orleans Saints indoor facility in Metairie, with practice ending 15 minutes early. If you include Wednesday and Thursday, the 49ers went through their normal week of work with 40 minutes less time on the practice field.
Linebacker Ray Lewis, drafted in the first round in the history of the new Baltimore Ravens in 1996 and retiring after Sunday’s Super Bowl against San Francisco, walked off the practice field for the last time Friday as the Ravens concluded full-scale workouts at the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility.
On January 26, 1997, New Orleans hosted its eighth Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers met the New England Patriots for all the marbles at the Louisiana Superdome for Super Bowl XXXI.
In the days leading up to the Big Game, local media and fans alike were mostly fixated on one player: Green Bay quarterback and emerging star Brett Favre, who grew up a mere 60 miles away from the Superdome in the tiny town of Kiln, Mississippi.
You might look for a player along the sidelines in the Super Bowl on Sunday named Alex Smith and wonder, as he might, if he'll be the next Wally Pipp or Ken Mattingly.
Pipp was the Yankee first baseman in 1925 who had a headache and was told to take two aspirin and sit out the game. A young player named Lou Gehrig took his place — and stayed at first base for 14 years, becoming one of baseball's most storied players.
Pipp wound up working in a screw factory. He was a good sport who told fans in later years, "I took the two most expensive aspirin in history."
On Sunday, February 3, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in Super Bowl XLVII (5:00 p.m., CBS) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The game will mark the first time in any of the four major professional sports (NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL) that brothers — Baltimore’s John and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh — will match up against one another as head coaches in a postseason game.