Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 - MVP Broncos RB Terrell Davis
Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 - MVP Broncos RB Terrell Davis

After leading the AFC in rushing in only his second year, Davis' 30 carries and 157 yards proved to be the difference in this 31-24 victory over quarterback Brett Favre and the Packers. The fleet-footed Davis utilized his unique combination of speed and power to become the first player in Super Bowl history to rush for three touchdowns in one game.

This was Denver's first Super Bowl championship after suffering four previous Super Bowl losses, and snapped a 13-game Super Bowl losing streak for AFC teams, becoming the first AFC team to win the Super Bowl since the Raiders defeated the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

The Broncos also became the first team to score on four 1-yard TD runs in a Super Bowl. The Packers became the third defending Super Bowl champion to lose the Super Bowl, joining the Dallas Cowboys (won Super Bowl XII, lost Super Bowl XIII) and the Washington Redskins (won Super Bowl XVII, lost Super Bowl XVIII), and would be later joined by the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 -- who won Super Bowl XLVIII, lost Super Bowl XLIX.

Terrell Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl-record three touchdowns to lead the Broncos to their first NFL championship and break the NFC's streak of Super Bowl victories at 13.

The defending Super Bowl XXXI champion Packers took the opening kickoff and marched 76 yards in just over four minutes, scoring the first points on Brett Favre's 22-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Freeman. The Broncos responded with a 10-play, 58-yard drive capped by Davis's 1-yard run to tie the game.

Tyrone Braxton intercepted Favre two plays later, and John Elway scored on a third-and-goal play to begin the second quarter. Steve Atwater forced Favre to fumble three plays later, and Neil Smith recovered at the Packers' 33. Jason Elam converted a 51-yard field goal, the second longest in Super Bowl history, to give the Broncos a 17-7 lead with 12:21 left in the half.

After an exchange of punts, the Packers produced a 17-play, 95-yard drive that consumed 7:26 and finished with Favre's 6-yard touchdown pass to Mark Chmura on third-and-5 with 12 seconds left in the half.

Tyrone Williams forced and recovered Davis's fumble at the Broncos' 26 on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. However, the Broncos' defense kept the Packers out of the end zone as Ryan Longwell's 27-yard field goal tied the game with 11:59 left in the third quarter.

After another exchange of punts, Elway's 36-yard pass to Ed McCaffrey keyed a 13-play, 92-yard drive capped by Davis's 1-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left in the third quarter. Tim McKyer recovered Freeman's fumble at the Packers' 22 on the ensuing kickoff return, giving the Broncos a golden opportunity, but Eugene Robinson intercepted Elway's pass in the end zone on the next play.

Sparked by Robinson's play, the Packers took just four plays, three on passes to Freeman, to score the tying touchdown with 13:32 remaining. Each defense stiffened, forcing two punts, but the Broncos got great field position following Craig Hentrich's 39-yard punt to the Packers' 49 with 3:27 left and the score tied 24-24.

Davis rushed for two yards on the first play, but Darrius Holland's 15-yard facemask penalty moved the ball to the Packers' 32. Elway threw a 23-yard pass to Howard Griffith two plays later, and after a holding penalty, Davis rushed 17 yards to the Packers' 1 with 1:47 left. After a timeout, Davis waltzed into the end zone to give Denver a 31-24 lead with 1:45 remaining.

Freeman returned the kickoff 22 yards to the Packers' 30, and Favre completed 22- and 13-yard screen passes to Dorsey Levens to reach the Broncos' 35 with 1:04 left. But after a 4-yard pass to Levens and incompletions to Freeman and Brooks, John Mobley knocked away Favre's pass to Chmura with 32 seconds left to give the Broncos the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Elway was 12 of 22 for 123 yards, with an interception. Favre was 25 of 42 for 256 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Freeman had nine receptions for 126 yards. Davis was named the game's most valuable player.

Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 - MVP Broncos RB Terrell Davis
Super Bowl XXXII Logo

Super Bowl XXXII MVP: Broncos RB Terrell Davis

Super Bowl XXXII MVP: Broncos RB Terrell Davis
Super Bowl XXXII MVP: Broncos RB Terrell Davis

John Elway had waited 15 years -- not to mention his entire life -- for this moment. And when the Super Bowl XXXII Championship was finally his, it turned out that he, the player the Broncos had relied on to bring them victories ever since he joined the franchise, was not the player who brought them victory. That distinction went to running back Terrell Davis and with it, the Super Bowl XXXII MVP award.

As the 196th pick in the 1995 draft, the rookie out of Georgia became the lowest-drafted player to rush for 1,000 yards in his rookie season. Terrell Davis' 1,117 rushing yards also made him the the first Bronco to rush for 1,000 yards in four seasons. He had made his mark, and he intended to build on it.

After rushing for over 1,500 in his second season, he began the 1997 campaign as a man on a mission. Davis, along with Dolphins running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar, led the league with 15 rushing touchdowns. His 1,750 rushing yards led the AFC and were second only to Lions running back Barry Sanders' 2,053. He was also second in the league with 369 carries.

Davis carried that momentum deep into the postseason. When Denver hosted the AFC Wildcard Playoff Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Davis set franchise records with the most carries (31), rushing yards (184) and rushing touchdowns (2). Then, against the Kansas City Chiefs, the 1997 AFC West champions, Davis accounted for both Bronco touchdowns. His 101 yards on 25 carries vaulted Denver to a 14-10 victory and into AFC Championship game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Despite the hostile environment, Davis posted his third straight 100-yard game. On 26 carries, Davis ran up 139 yards and added his fifth postseason touchdown of 1997. His effort launched him into second place for most rushing yards in a single postseason.

Finally, in Super Bowl XXXII, Davis capped one of the most remarkable seasons ever with a 157-yard, three-touchdown performance to help lead the Broncos past the Green Bay Packers for the World Championship. His third touchdown gave the Broncos a 31-24 lead, which they would never relinquish. The effort was more than enough to earn him the Most Valuable Player Award.

So while the press devoted most of their time to Elway, who had finally reached the ultimate pinnacle, Terrell Davis was the true hero of Super Bowl XXXII.

Super Bowl XXXII Scoring

Teams Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Source: NFL
Green Bay Packers773724
Denver Broncos7107731


Qtr Time Plays Yards Duration Team Scoring Summary GB DEN
Source: NFL
110:588764:02GBAntonio Freeman 22-yard TD reception from Brett Favre, Ryan Longwell PAT70
15:3910585:19DENTerrell Davis 1-yard TD run, Jason Elam PAT77
214:558454:54DENJohn Elway 1-yard TD run, Elam PAT714
212:21401:02DEN51-yard field goal by Elam717
20:1217957:26GBMark Chmura 6-yard TD reception from Favre, Longwell PAT1417
311:597172:42GB27-yard field goal by Longwell1717
30:3413927:12DENDavis 1-yard TD run, Elam PAT1724
413:324851:39GBFreeman 13-yard TD reception from Favre, Longwell PAT2424
41:455491:42DENDavis 1-yard TD run, Elam PAT2431


Super Bowl XXXII Team Statistics

Statistic Packers Broncos
Source: NFL
First downs2121
First downs rushing414
First downs passing145
First downs penalty32
Third down efficiency5/145/10
Fourth down efficiency0/10/0
Net yards rushing95179
Rushing attempts2039
Yards per rush4.84.6
Passing - Completions/attempts25/4212/22
Times sacked-total yards1--10--0
Interceptions thrown11
Net yards passing255123
Total net yards350302
Punt returns-total yards0--00--0
Kickoff returns-total yards6--1045--95
Interceptions-total return yards1--171--0
Punts-average yardage4--35.54--36.5
Penalties-total yards9--597--65
Time of possession27:3532:25


Super Bowl XXXII: Green Bay Packers Player Statistics

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINTRating
Brett Favre25/422563191.0
Dorsey Levens19900164.74
Robert Brooks15055.00
Antonio Freeman912622713
Dorsey Levens6560226
Mark Chmura4431215
Robert Brooks31601011
William Henderson29074
Terry Mickens16061
Derrick Mayes00002


Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos Player Statistics

Source: NFL
PassingComp / AttYardsTDINTRating
John Elway12/221230151.9
Terrell Davis301573275.23
John Elway5171103.40
Vaughn Hebron33021.00
Howard Griffith12022.00
Shannon Sharpe5380125
Ed McCaffrey2450363
Terrell Davis28043
Howard Griffith1230232
Vaughn Hebron15052
Dwayne Carswell14041
Rod Smith00003
Willie Green00003

January 25, 1998

Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, California)

Attendance: 68,912

National Anthem: Jewel

Coin Toss: Joe Gibbs, Doug Williams, Eddie Robinson

Halftime Show: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, and Queen Latifah

Network: NBC

Announcers: Dick Enberg, Phil Simms, Paul Maguire, Jim Gray, John Dockery, Randy Cross (Studio), and Greg Gumbel (Trophy presentation)

Nielsen ratings: 44.5 (est. 90 million viewers)

Cost of 30-second commercial: $1.3 million

Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos vs. Packers Highlights


Super Bowl XXXII: Ticket & Championship Ring

Super Bowl XXXII Championship Ring and Game Ticket

Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 - MVP Broncos RB Terrell Davis
Super Bowl XXXII

NFL Football: "Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos 31 Green Bay Packers 24 - MVP Broncos RB Terrell Davis "