After going 0-3 in Super Bowls in his first 14 seasons, John Elway won for the second straight year. Elway completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards and won his first MVP trophy in five starts, a record for a quarterback.
Denver became the first AFC team to win two straight since Pittsburgh in 1979 and 1980.
League MVP Terrell Davis, a 2,000-yard rusher during the season, carried 25 times for 102 yards for his seventh consecutive 100-yard game in the postseason, breaking an NFL record set by John Riggins. Darrien Gordon intercepted two passes that set up two scores. Howard Griffith had two 1-yard TD runs and Rod Smith caught five passes for 152 yards and an 80-yard touchdown.
The game turned on one of the Falcons' mistakes with five minutes left in the second quarter. Atlanta moved to the Denver 8, but couldn't convert on third-and-goal. Then Morten Andersen, one of only two kickers with more than 400 field goals, missed a 26-yard attempt. On the next play, Smith raced by Ronnie Bradford and Eugene Robinson and caught the ball in stride for an 80-yard score that made it 17-3.
Atlanta's ''Dirty Birds'' were done.
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