TOFN "5 Games'' podcast: Ty Law recalls most physical SB ever


When Ty Law returned to Super Bowl XXXVIII, two years after upsetting the St. Louis Rams and returning a Kurt Warner pass for a pick six touchdown and the New England Patriots’ first points in a 20-17 upset victory, he had a far different point of view on things.

On today’s Talk of Fame “5 Games’’ podcast, Law recalls the most physical game he ever played in, the Patriots’ bruising 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots were heavily favored that day primarily because they came armed with the stingiest defense in football.

As expected, the game began as a tight defensive struggle but in the final 15 minutes of play 37 points were scored and Panthers’ quarterback Jake Delhomme seemed like he couldn’t miss a throw. So what happened?

Law reveals it all on this podcast, the good, the bad and the sometimes very ugly. He also explains why he believes that game was the beginning of the true Tom Brady Era.

“I looked at them like we were when we played the Rams,’’ Law said of the upstart Panthers. “They didn’t have anything to lose. They were a mirror image of us (in Super Bowl XXXVI).’’

Despite New England’s 21-10 lead to open the fourth quarter, Delhomme refused to back down. He hit an 85-yard touchdown throw to Muhsin Muhammad that briefly gave Carolina a 22-21 edge with just under seven minutes to play. By then safety Rodney Harrison had broken his arm and was out of the game and things were changing all over the Patriots’ secondary.

To learn how Ty Law and his teammates held on and why Law believed it was a lock when Adam Vinatieri lined up to try the game winning kick on a day when he’d already missed once and had another blocked, just click on the link below. You can hear this and all our other podcasts there or by going to our website,


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