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17. Desmond Howard's 99-Yard TD Return

Date: 1/26/1997
Super Bowl: XXXI
Matchup: Packers vs. Patriots
Location: New Orleans

After winning the Heisman Trophy at Michigan, Desmond Howard carried with him the burden of high expectations. He was never much of a receiver in the professional ranks, but he did excel as a kick returner and in 1996 he returned three punts for touchdowns in the regular season and tacked on one more in the playoffs. The Patriots apparently didn't get that memo, though, because after getting within six points in the third quarter they allowed Howard to take the subsequent kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Howard tied a Super Bowl record with 244 all-purpose yards on the day, and for his effort was named the game's MVP as the Packers won 35-21.

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